The Arab revolts and the rise of personal autonomy
"I believe that the most important phenomenon that we are witnessing today is the rediscovery of personal autonomy," explains Samir Frangieh, a senior Lebanese author and intellectual. "In other words: people are conscious that they can become the makers of their own history. In fact, this is rather new in a region where for decades the individual has been reduced to groups, groups to parties representing them, and parties representing them to their leader. As a result, we found ourselves in a situation in which entire countries were reduced to one person. Examples are Assad’s Syria and the entire Arab world, which was merely defined by 10 names. We are talking about 500 million people here, reduced to between 10 and 15 names. This is precisely what the Arab Spring has changed." We interviewed Samir Frangieh in Rome, in 2013.
Interview: Nicola Missaglia
Video: Anna Fanuele