[Marxism] Neil Davidson: The revolutionary process in Ukraine is not over yet | LeftEast

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri May 23 07:26:03 MDT 2014

Q: How can you describe the overthrow of Yanukovych’s regime in Ukraine 
in terms of historical materialist social theory?

A: The revolutionary process in Ukraine isn’t over yet, and in a sense 
how we define revolutions depends on their ultimate outcomes, but the 
notion of ‘political revolution’ seems to be the most accurate way to 
describe the likely short-term outcome. By this I mean a revolution 
which doesn’t fundamentally change the nature of society, the mode of 
production. In other words, it isn’t a ‘social revolution’, but one 
which does change the personnel and perhaps the actual nature of the 
regime. Another way of looking at it would to say that political 
revolutions occur within the state rather than transforming the state. 
This is not to denigrate the courage or creativity of the masses in 
Maidan or in similar revolutions – some of the greatest events of the 
20th century like the Mexican or Iranian revolutions were political in 
this sense: its an argument about outcomes, about consequences, not 

full: http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/ukraine-political-revolution/

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