Sunday, September 21, 2008

Old Chairs, New Chairs, and Anarchy

In the midst of the news regarding Torosyan's resignation, there have been a few articles written here and there about the Chair of the Court of Cassation.
Hovhannes Manukyan, the former chair, resigned less than a week ago, and its not really clear why. Of course, there have been rumors that his resignation is related to the events of March 1, but the there is very little information. I found one interview on Panaroma, but it doesn't answer the question. Lragir has published a short article hypothesizing that this is one more action by SS in a series of actions which aim to further control different sections of government and law enforcement agencies.
His replacement is Arman Mkrtumyan, on whom there is also scant information. He was involved in the A1plus and other media proceedings of 2003, and seems to have a penchant for getting upset and throwing people out of court.
In his speech introducing the new Chair of the Court, SS made the following comment:
“We must show intolerance towards corruption, irresponsibility, and the disability to criticize your own activity. The atmosphere of anarchism must be annihilated.”

I feel exactly the same way, SS. For once, we agree.


antifa said...

Anarchism is a very different thing than what SS means. It is usually mixed with chaos and misrepresented mainly by politicians who hold powerful posts in State structure because they think that without them people will not be able to survive. Naturally they have a very high opinion of themselves. It shows the immaturity of SS political and philosophical knowledge.

It is a well founded ideology. To put in a few word Anarchism is against the exploitation of human rights and freedoms by the State. Exactly what we see in many countries including Armenia.
Anarchists were probably the only people who consistently fought against dictatorships and fascism right from the beginning.

I would advise reading:

antifa said...

I hope there was anarchism in Armenia. :) It would have been a better place. now rulers and oppressors. People are the power.

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

Historical fact: Communists, Liberals, and Fascists agreed in Spanish Civil War that the one "ideology" that shouldn't prevail is anarchism. So they all ganged-up on them, and they killed them.

There are so many dead anarchists that the Catholic Church would have orgas--erm--I mean epiphany after epiphany in rememberances.

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

Not that a painting of Durruti carrying a machine-gun would be a bad thing, mind you.

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

It's all so complicated.

Haik said...

Yeah as a result Franko came to power.

Still the so called "anarchism" is strong in Spain (mainly basque country) in the form of syndicalism and cooperatives. I prefer the term Autonomism or Self-government as the term anarchism was made up by Proudhon as a joke.

Haik said...

If you are interested in Spanish Civil War and anarchism you can watch film: LAND AND FREEDOM - Ken Loach (1995)

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

Yeah, it's all upside down. In the case of Spain: The communists and the anarchists have a coalition; the communists betray the anarchists; the anarchists break and the fascists take over; the fascists rule for a long time, until, in the end, fascist rule is broke by the--King--The Royal.

I.e.: The Communists defeat the anarchists to set up fascism that is defeated by royalty.

How fucked-up is that?

I mean you couldn't get so upside-down if you were writing a novel.

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

Let me rephrase that: The Communists betray the Anarchists to the Fascists who, as a result, take over, until the Monarch beheads the Fascists, at which point the electorate takes action and chooses socialism, and the King obliges, happily.

That's reality thwarting sane reason.

Spain was the birthplace of surrealism, after (although this isn't Dali's melting clocks, which have been turned into cliches, but Brunel's take-a-nice-long-look down the throat of a dying girl.)

Armen Filadelfiatsi said...

That's "Bunuel," with that squiggly thing over the "n."

Part 1 of "Las Hurdes," shot during the Spanish Civil War:

They ignore this and show the Andalucian dog's badly painted mediocrities.