Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 79

Egypt: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution

EPPIn the two and a half years since the uprising began, Egypt has undergone not only a continuation of the Revolution, but an institutional counter-revolution from within Egyptian society, most dramatically witnessed with the ouster of Morsi two weeks ago. As always, the American Empire - in its infinite pragmatism - supported the counter-revolution just as it supported Morsi. The rule for the empire is to support whomever holds power, and to attempt to manipulate circumstances from behind the scenes. Within Egypt itself, there was an internal power struggle, which has reached an extreme in the form of recent events, attempting to steer the revolution into a direction safe for the entrenched power structures: the military, the police, and the economic oligarchy.

The story of the Egyptian Revolution continues... and will for some time.

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  1. tonywicher says:

    In this case the Nasserist forces within the Egyptian army are the nationalist, anti-imperial and progressive element. The Muslim Brotherhood is the upper class version of the fanatical Salafists, a fascist creature of the Empire. Never mind the hypocritical standard of “legitimacy”. It’s good that Morsi is gone, they should be excluded and I don’t mind seeing their headquarters burned down either.

  2. metrobusman says:

    Enjoy AGM’s ‘casts here, and this one too, but I think that his idea that the Egyptian bourgeoisie did this without the consent of Washington is flawed on two levels: The Egyptian upper class would not and could not exist without American firepower. It is nothing more than a comprador mini-class who would not have the capacity, the infrastructure, to launch a successful putsch without the support of the armed forces, and the latter take orders directly from the Pentagon.

    The second reason why the very small number of capitalists which are not connected to the army were not responsible for Morsi’s ouster is that they would have no reason too. He was their man. Neither Washington nor the Egyptian army nor the bourgeoisie had any incentive to get rid of M because he was doig precisely what they wanted, and it is that which brought him into conflict with the working class which toppled him.

    The fact that the army was in position to prevent a real shift in power from the government to the revolutionary forces does not mean that this revolt did not come from below. Morsi’s job was to diffuse the Egyptian Revolution, which he attempted to do. The army nor Washington nor the bourgeoisie can make 17 million people take to the streets, all they can do is shoot at the protesters. morsi is gone because the people wouldn’t tolerate him anymore, not because his policies were in some way harming the ruling class.

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