[Marxism] IS Network - Solidarity and Counterrevolution in Egypt: an introduction

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Jun 12 06:49:11 MDT 2014

One of the essential components of the mythology that served as a 
justification for the military coup, and which now serves as 
justification for the ongoing repression against the anti-coup movement 
is this notion that the removal of Morsi was basically unanimously 
supported by ‘the Egyptian people’ or, depending on who’s propagating a 
variant of the myth, ‘the masses’ and ‘the multitudes’. All of those 
opposed to July 3 are merely the ‘Muslim Brotherhood’, and their 
opposition is based on irrational obedience to their tribe, as opposed 
to ‘the will of the Egyptian people’ and ‘the continuation of the 
revolution’. This mythology has successfully managed to delegitimise the 
fair and free elections that brought Mohamed Morsi to power in 2012, not 
to mention the parliamentary elections of 2011, which were dominated by 
the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party 
(FJP), while it has legitimised the military coup and the elimination of 
the Muslim Brotherhood.


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