Neo-liberalism, Pseudo traditionalists, and Authoritarianism.
Westernization is the application of neo-liberal policies in non-western countries. It is taking away peoples history and culture; and replacing them with consumerism and dependency on western powers. For the application of such foreign values in third world countries, a puppet leadership is necessary. A leadership which appeals to the traditionalists of that country, does not hesitate to use authoritarian tactics when necessary, and promotes neo-liberal agenda at the same time. Whether it be Pinochet, the Shah, Saudi Dynasty, or Erdogan; the combination of these three is apparent in their policies.
It is important that we see through their political ploy of using pseudo traditionalism as a way of garnering support. In the fight against such authorities, often times we blame the traditions and religion of those people as being authoritarian. That is a false assumption, by doing so, we try to alienate the people from what gives them hope, and what will ultimately be their salvation against foreign culture and neo-liberalism. It is important we speak out against the pseudo traditionalism the puppets promote and put them against the actual values and traditions of the people.
Today, Erdogans authoritarianism and pseudo islamist stance is necessary for him to be able to act the neo-liberal puppet. In Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah takes a pseudo islamic stance with the same tongue he later uses to kiss the backside of U.S and Israeli governments and corporations. The same deals that make Saudi Arabia a consumerist heaven and a dissident hell.
Similarly, in Chile, it was Pinochet who came to power as an authoritative dictator, paid lip service to the tradionalists, and led Chile to a “free market’ economy. He made Chile more dependent on U.S goods and allowed U.S companies to exploit Chilean people and resources. In other words, followed the neo-liberal policies and westernized his country.
The Shah of Iran himself played the same tactics. He paid lip service to the religious authorities and invigorated Persian pride through tales of old Kings and rulers. He was also authoritative, and he was also following the neo-liberal agenda. During his time, Iran saw faster westernization and “progress” than any other nation. The difference between the Shahs failure, and Saudi Arabia and Erdogans Turkey’s success (so far), was that in Iran, the religious authority was not pseudo islamic. It was and is legitimately Islamic. Hence, it did not care about the Shahs lip service and called on the people to overthrow him. The true traditions and religion of the country were key to the overthrow of the puppet. The religious authority in Iran called out Shahs pseudo traditionalism and moved the people towards overthrowing him.
Severing that tie of pseudo tradition between the puppet and the people is key to victory. After that tie is severed, all the authoritarian tactics of the world could not save him.
In Turkey, Erdogans authoritative behavior and lip service to pseudo islamic morality is very much in line with westernization and neo-liberal agenda. Even though the real Islamic morality lies in the opposite direction of authoritarianism and neo-liberalism, by preaching a pseudo islamic morality which is in line with those goals, Erdogan has successfully made the people see Islam as an enemy as it seems to be in line with neo-liberal policies and authoritarianism.
What needs to happen is that the religious Turks have to realize that Erdogan is only promoting pseudo islam. The religious Turks need to abandon Erdogan and stand against neo-liberalism and westernization. The rope of lies and heresy that ties the puppet to the people needs to be severed.
Westernization is the application of neo-liberal policies in non-western countries. It is taking away peoples history and culture; and replacing them with consumerism and dependency on western powe…
"To my understanding, the protests started out against building a mall by tearing down a park. That in itself, is an action that goes against consumerism." Funny how your understanding is the use of a wrong fact propagated by Western media.
Except facts can’t be wrong.
Also, it isn’t western media.
the Gezi park incident. Learn about it.
Most of these protestors are hardcore Secular Kemalists, the ones trying their best go keep their ties with the west. Seriously, do you know anything about these protests?
I have mentioned already, the Erdogans promotion of pseudo islamism makes Islam seem in-line with neoliberalism. Hence of course the secularists are against him! secularism is better than pseudo Islam. The main enemy being Neo-Liberalism and the consumer culture it brings. That is why i said, the religious turks need to abandon Erdogan as well. Seriously, do people not read the entirety of the post?
Do you even know anything about Turkish history? Have you heard of someone called Ataturk? And are you seriously comparing Erdogan to the shah of Iran?
Mustafa Kemal Ataturk established the sovereign state of Turkey after WW1. Led to massive westernization reforms (literal westernization involved here as he abolished Islamic dress codes, laws, traditions, and applied European styles, going as far as t ochanging the alphabet etc etc). Also laying the foundation of a Civil war against Kurds Turkey is still fighting. Turkey indoctrinates young children in loving the Ataturk for all the progress he brought to the country. In fact, one is not allowed to insult the Ataturk in Turkey! what a beacon of free speech and hope!
Read what i read, all of it. There are similarities between the behaviors of neo-liberalism promoters throughout history. They all promote western corporations, they all pay lip service to tradition, and they are all authoritarian. These three things were in common between Pinochet, the Shah, Erdogan, Saudi king, Qatari king, etc etc.
Men living through difficult times which fail to meet their aspirations split off into four categories. There are those who submit, become ‘pillars of society,’ become like the large unjust society around them. A second group rejects the standing order, but despairs of its ability to change it, and ‘migrates’ in its mind and spirit. A third believes in the necessity of change, but believes as well in the ‘bankruptcy of its own heritage’ and turns outside to foreign models of change and foreign ideologies… The fourth group, to which Ali Shariati belonged, believed in change, but sought to bring about justice through an ‘authentic ideology that emerged out of the soil of Islamic society.’
If we examine Cleveland, Ohio, Gary, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and many other areas populated predominately by Blacks we can see a tactic being used that has often been tried in Africa, Vietnam and other oppressed countries. It is called neo-colonialism. In other words, when white structures and institutions are threatened whites protect their economic and political interests and maintain control by using members of the oppressed people as their spokesmen. They set up puppet governments headed by individuals with white interests in mind. These people oppress their own kind for their personal gain. These puppet leaders are as dangerous as those whom they represent. Remember, it was Jews who began to remove other Jews for Hitler. Even if the flunky’s interest is sincere, he is powerless against the system. Individuals do not mandate the action of the system; rather, the system demands certain actions of them. The only constructive thing a Black mayor can do is to organize Blacks to destroy the system that oppresses Black people. We must never permit anyone, white or Black, to destroy with impunity the product of a single drop of the blood and sweat of our people
A few thoughts on Turkish uprisings
People who know me, know how much i hate Turkey. Their current government, their past government, Ataturk, their general policy of westernization, their loss of culture, you name it!
Turkey used to seem like a stable country despite all that, so i saw the regular Turks as ignorant civilians and the Kurds as victims. But now, i see that it was never “peaceful” it has always been a festering pot ready to boil over. Needing a spark, and that spark sure did come.
I have more respect for civilian Turks now. They aren’t a monolithic “progress” supporting entity. They are fighting the westernization of their culture. When Ataturk first came to power and started westernizing the country, there were protests back then. Protests which were brutally put down. Today, the Turks rise again against another western puppet government.
Much respect to them. inshAllah they will succeed.