The report analyzes the causes, trends and perspectives of the velvet revolution in Armenia.
This analytical text was written by Manvel Sargsyan in 2007-2008, but for obvious political reasons was never published. Meanwhile, the work not only remained relevant, but also became especially up-to-date due to the in-depth explanation of the essence of the criminal-oligarchic system of power, which the Armenian revolution of 2018 opposes. The first part of the work presents a constructive model that describes the structure of power relations operating in Armenia since the beginning of the 2000s. The second part, a chronicle of political events, allows drawing a fairly complete picture of the dynamics of the emergence and consolidation of this system.
The essay covers the transformation of the Armenian diaspora from a nationalist community in exile to a diasporic transnation and offers new conceptual perspectives for the analysis of diaspora elites and institutions.
Estates are groups created by the state to solve its own problems. Estates exist in any social system. It is a pre-class thing. Classes naturally emerge on the market, yet estates are created by the state.
Due to their suspended state, “Fragments of Empire” have a certain synthesizing ability that can propel an inert mass of “Armenian-People” and “agents of influence,” and serve as a link between the essential element of Western civilization—the dialectic of enlightenment—and the component of national potential, which dreams in the Crow's Rock, and which does not avoid (and most importantly, is not afraid of) the explorative, as well as the critical analysis of its own roots and considers its Armenianness not only a grace, but also a task.