[Marxism] Morsi decrees spark protests for, against from right and left

Stuart Munckton stuartmunckton at gmail.com
Sat Dec 1 23:49:37 MST 2012

By Tim Dobson


Some protesting want the regime to fall, prompting the question of what
will takes its place and whether that would have popular support. Others
want all the decrees rescinded, others again want some decrees rescinded,
but not all.

This confusion has led to alliances that would have been unthinkable not so
long ago. A leader of Egypt's liberal faction, Mohammed El Baradei, told
German newspaper *Spiegal*: “[Morsi] grabbed full power for himself. Not
even the Pharaohs had so much authority, to say nothing of his predecessor
Hosni Mubarak.”

Believing Morsi is a worse dictator than Mubarak has led El Baredei to look
favourably upon a military coup, saying: “I am sure they are as worried as
everyone else. You cannot exclude that the army will intervene to restore
law and order.”

A call to rescind the decrees also seems unlikely to be a uniting call,
since that would lead to old regime figures escaping justice for the death
of protesters and restoring judicial authorities tied up with the old
regime who dissolved the elected parliament.

Many on the revolutionary left have expressed their concern at the
unprincipled alliances that have formed and the dangers of letting in the
old regime through the back door.

“Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is humanity’s
original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made,
through disobedience and through rebellion.” — Oscar Wilde, Soul of Man
Under Socialism

“The free market is perfectly natural... do you think I am some kind of
dummy?” — Jarvis Cocker

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