Foundations for the Decline of Terrorism
Chapter Four: Social Media and the Arab Spring 61
Chapter Four Social Media and the Arab Spring Un-alienated Right The events of the Arab Spring are multi-faceted and represent a complex in- tersection of political theory and practice. The events and the agents who played a significant role in the unfolding set of phenomena now collectively referred to as the ‘Arab Spring’ are too numerous to be fully and adequately treated within the boundaries of a single chapter. Moreover, such a treatment is not the primary goal of this chapter nor is it within the scope of this book. This chapter will provide a general summary of the timeline of events for the purpose of examining the role of social media in their progression. Examin- ing the timeline of events is a particularly enlightening lens for examining the significance of social media’s part in the Arab Spring, particularly as it pertains to the functions of international and cosmopolitan right within Kant- ian political theory. As previously argued, one consideration that distinguishes cosmopolitan right from either political right exercised by agents of the state or interna- tional right is that cosmopolitan right is exercised as a duty of an individual world citizen. It never need be alienated by becoming predicated on the exer- cise of an abstract general will of a body politic or a collective of bodies poli- tic. This is a tremendous practical strength for cosmopolitan right because, in theory, it makes cosmopolitan right less subject to the mixed motives that can lead to the compromise of human...
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