Movement 99%: Through Exclusion to the Community
Emergence of the antisystem movement consisting of the 99% majority of globally excluded population indicates the increasing need to study social dynamics from the aspect of social exclusion.
Systemic exclusion is the result of a persistently uniform implementation of universal values which has been perverted in the end into spectacular stage scenery behind which the concentration of power and influence of the socially irresponsible minority quietly takes place. This raise a question, already asked by Landauer a century ago, on how to produce autonomous antisystem sociality from the aspect of social exclusion. The paper proposes a new approach to these inquiries which is based on mesoscopic methodology of the theory of complexity. It begins with a review of social exclusion’s modalities. Its systematic nature induces the emergence of an antisystem sociality, which is internally diverse and favours unstructured interactions among participating antisystem actors. For this reason they are not capable of structuring their antisystem potentials on a more operational basis and to impose their demands more effectively and sustainably. Nevertheless, the paper emphasises that antisystem groups are not purely programmatic units with incompatible antisystem visions but also activist units. But there is usually an imbalance between programmatic and activist performance of antisystem groups. The paper suggests that it is exactly their program-activist »inconsistency«, not their programmatic ideals, which give rise to their coordinative and collaborative capabilities. The novelty approach is explicated in the mesoscopic perspective of »the unexcluded middle« (Wallerstein). This perspective requires us to reformulate the conventional antagonistic relation between the system and the antisystem. This shift in approach produces interesting implications and offers wide new possibilities for establishing the core of new sociality for the 99% of the globally excluded. (proof reading Slavica Miletić).
Keywords: Social exclusion, incommensurability, antisystem, autonomy, shared soverenity