The Dismantled Voice of the Middle Class

By Mohammad Aburumman

تم نشره في Mon 22 August / Aug 2016. 08:17 PM
  • Mohammad Aburumman

The middle class is not exclusively addressed here, but all those sharing the concerns of reformation and change; the social segment that spans; although lacking an accurate definition, vertically across classes, from top all the way to bottom of the economic structure, including a variety of occupations and professions, from doctors, to engineers, university professors, teachers, lawyers, technical people, and others.

So, the segment addressed here is the social middle class, as well as culturally speaking; the vaster segment with occupational, technical, and academic qualifications, which is a dynamic social segment, seeking reformation for the Country’s better interests, sharing the sense that their own interests are periled under the weight of the economic crisis and political short-sightedness, with the horizon unclear. Either that, or —and possibly doubly because of— the turmoil surrounding Jordan, and the troubling domestic transformation, from drugs to extremism, and the disintegration of social moral structures and authority.

This middle class, in general, had bets on the “Arab Spring”; before it was hijacked by counter revolution, leading to what now dominates Egypt, Syria, and Yemen, prefacing utterly new terrors roaming our world; from civil wars to chaotic abomination, which has pushed this class to consider fearfully, their prospects, above hope!

The upcoming Representative House elections comprise a vital opportunity for this class, nationally, to make a difference, even were it partially, in the outcomes of the polls, through agendas, action plans, and visions, to pick their best electoral options among rivalling candidates. All those sharing these consideration, fearfully and hopefully alike, are invited today to partake in overcoming the ready boxed pessimistic stereotypical conclusions on elections, and effort jointly to break a wall in the wall of frustration.

We are not talking about this middle class as a mute bloc, a coalition agenda, a coordinated current, or even a unified bloc. But to begin with, let it flow first through the youth initiatives that have begun to formulate, or through virtual debates on evaluating lists and agendas, or even through individual choices that prioritise political welfare over tribal and social-status related considerations; such a prioritisation would economically and political bridge the interests and demands of the social segment effectively.

What I’m trying to say here, is that we need to break out of the dominating frustration, desperation, and invalid justification by so many people who do not see a window for reformation in these elections. While if we all; the dissatisfied lot, come together, we would find that our voice represents a wide social segment that seeks reform as a security factor for its own future, as well as the Country’s; and ours —all of us— together!

Reformation!

Is it enough? The word I mean. Is there no disparity among the views that instrument the concept for reformation (or reform) and change? Are there no ideological and political variances among lists and candidates? So what unites members of the reformist middle class, in my opinion?!

Well, to be precise, it is vital that everybody evokes the spirit of the “Arab Spring” in their campaigns, their voting criterion, and proposed agendas; the “Arab Spring” launched by the middle classes of Egypt and Tunisia, and go beyond ideological barriers with our slogans and reform demands. Slogans like “Bread, Liberty, and Social Justice”, and other ones that demand democracy and countering corruption.

Such slogans and demands can be expanded and developed through electoral agendas to formulate, cooperative, an unbiased common ground, with relatively wide ideological commonalities, comprising a “reformist umbrella” that is focused on deepening the values of national identity, public freedoms, human rights, fighting corruption, social justice, state of law, and reviews of taxation regulation, as well as economic development. Additionally, in light of newly surfacing variables, we can integrate the issues of youth, countering extremism, and tolerance.

The upcoming elections comprise an important opportunity for the reformist middle class to converge once more on what unites them and empowers their now dismantled voice.

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