[Marxism] Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood
d.koechlin at wanadoo.fr
Sat Sep 1 16:37:17 MDT 2012
Morsi deeply believes in capitalist accumulation and free enterprise, as
long as the relevant usury laws are in place and Sharia social laws prevail.
The Bazaar capitalists, local capital espousing Islamist views, is seen
as the petty bourgeois foundation of Islamic Egyptian society.
God-fearing bosses give work to workers, there exists an artificial
distinction between "usury" and "investment" and all is fine.
In this simplistic Islamist scheme, typical of petty bourgeois thought,
the bad guy is the "mliddle-man" who lends money to poor guys and brings
them into debt. In the economic thinking of early Islam, that made sense
as most freemen (AND NOT SLAVES OR WIVES) could theoretically have
access to the means of production. If they fell on hard times they could
lose their status as freeman and become bondage workers. And so the
Prophet (hallowed be his name), who was himself a well-off freeman, saw
to it that sharia law would protect the interests of freemen by
forbidding debt and making bondage-labourers (i.e. non-Muslims) and
Nowadays, Islamic apologists are required to go through all sorts of
hoops to get pre-Capitalist sharia to conform to present-day society
while still being relevant to the majority of Sunnites (even though the
majority of them are no longer "freemen" but wage-labourers !).
But Christians must also ignore all the passages in Acts that describe
the primitive communism of the Apostles ("they held all things in
common" and whenever one needed something the communal purse sufficed +
God punishing greedy primitive Christians who sought to embezzle the
funds of the primitive ecclesia by ...death).
Utopian Christian Communists sects have continuously emerged throughout
the last 2000 years basing their teachings on the state of affairs in
the primitive church as described in Acts. And yet the Catholic Church
or all the subsequent Protestant Churches could scarcely be regarded as
In Islam, the situation is even worse, as Mahomet's message is clearly
one of territorial conquest and total exploitation of the whole world by
the believers ("freemen" from the Arab peninsula), including the right
to rape the wives of captured prisoners, capture and subsequent selling
of non-Muslim slaves and the preroragitve to extract "protective fines"
from non-Muslims. Regarding the systematic, and indeed obligatory, rape
of captive females as explained in the Hadiths : this is the part of
Islam all modern Islamic apologists are the most desperate to wriggle
out of (and they can't, which makes them angry), as nowadays (since the
18th century) rape is regarded as a big no-no.
This state of affairs is indicative of a mode of production known as
"the razia" or "cattle-driving" pastoral mode of production, in which
powerful clans must expand their domination over resources until they
reach mercantile cities in which cattle is not an indication of wealth
and then affirm their suzerainty over such cities through dhimmi
payments. But the whole primitive Islamist system was TOO successful,
and rapidly half of the Mediterranean world became Islamic (the exact
reason why is still a fascinating venue for research).
The mode of production envisioned in the Quran and Hadiths (nomad cattle
drivers) thus became totally obsolete, and modern efforts to return to
"primitive islam" (Salafists) are problematic. The greatest "official"
Salafist country is Saudi Arabia and yet its current mode of production
is completely centered on Capitalist accumulation. The edicts of the
Quran and Hadiths make no sense in such a culture, and most are ignored,
appart, of course, from those sharia laws that enhance the domination of
an urban (non nomad), oligarchical (non "freeman"), elite, far removed
from the what Mahomet primitively envisaged.
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