[Marxism] Egypt's Black Bloc Doesn't Want to Be Your Friend
lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 14 07:34:44 MST 2013
On 2/14/13 9:14 AM, Daniel Rocha wrote:
> Right, what about the whole World War that was happening?
Daniel, WWI was one of the causes of the Russian revolution. However,
that has nothing to do with revolutionaries using violence. WWI was an
instance of capitalist violence. Capitalist violence, economic misery,
etc. Those are the factors that drive people to make revolutions. Under
a dictatorship, revolutionaries are forced to use violence. For example,
the July 26th Movement used to firebomb sugar plantations in Cuba. But
the July 26th Movement had massive support. People working in cigar
factories in the U.S. used to take part of their meager wages and send
them to the movement in Cuba. Students all through Cuba used to organize
demonstrations against the Batista dictatorship, risking arrest and
torture. Many of these students became guerrillas later on.
In Egypt the main obstacle to revolution is not the repression of the
army and police, although they are definitely intimidating. It has been
the failure of a class-based party to challenge the Islamists. Many
working people in Egypt are deeply religious and inclined to give credit
to a party that does have a record of charitable handouts to the poor.
In some ways the Egyptian left has the same problems that the Iranian
left had after the overthrow of the Shah. How do you organize workers on
a class basis? In Iran the left adapted to the clergy while in Egypt
this has not been a big problem. Instead the problem has been how to
organize people around resistance to austerity, the neo-Mubarkism of the
Muslim Brotherhood. This will be done by mounting opposition around
class-based demands, such as the right to a job, a living wage, etc. It
will also involve solidarity with the Palestinians and all those
fighting for democracy and social justice.
Firebombing the Muslim Brotherhood offices will not make progress toward
the goal of social and economic emancipation. It will only retard it.
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