How the Egyptian Revolution Will Eventually Be Betrayed
by Mark R. Crovelli
Mark R. Crovelli
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There is nothing
in this dark and cynical world that is more beautiful than when
a people rises up en masse against its suffocating and predatory
political system and tells its murderous "leaders" to
get the hell out of the country. Such a scene is all the more inspiring
when it is motivated solely by the hope for freedom and prosperity,
and the participants resort to the protest instead of the assault
rifle. In the face of such a powerful grassroots lunge toward liberty,
it is a foregone conclusion that the "leaders" of the
country will eventually be forced to abdicate power and run for
their lives. When this happens, the victorious and free people will
fill the streets and countryside with joyous and uproarious song.
They will have won the battle for liberty.
The truth is,
however, that running the bastards out of town is at most only half
the battle, because there are always plenty
of bastards waiting in the wings to betray the revolution and assume
power themselves. In fact, chances are that the new bastards
have already made powerful contacts within the military and police
agreements with foreign governments to reinstate a moderated
form of the old system even before the old bastard is finally
ousted. They will assume the throne and re-enslave the people, perhaps
slightly less onerously than before, but enslave them nonetheless.
are usually unaware of these betrayals, caught up as they inevitably
are in the mania of the struggle to oust the old tyrant. Their entire
focus has heretofore been on making sure the old bastard actually
leaves and doesnít come back, and they have developed a natural
sense of camaraderie with their countrymen who participated in the
revolution. They are thus open to being duped by betrayers who
claim to be revolutionaries just like everyone else, but who
actually have their own self-interest in mind, not the peopleís
As soon as
bastard leaves town, and with him the raison díÍtre of the protest
and revolution, the people inevitably emerge in an intoxicated state.
They are drunk on patriotism and chauvinistic nationalism, which
they imbibed during the struggle to oust the old bastard. They observed
that the victory of the revolutionaries was a result of their collective
action, and they swell with pride for their nation and their countrymen.
They let pride and collectivist thinking blind them to their individual
vulnerability at the most critical moment of all. They are prideful
The new bastards
waiting in the wings will use this pride-induced blindness to maneuver
themselves into the presidential palace. They will sing sweet songs
to the revolutionaries, and claim to be the "representatives
of the revolution," but they will now be sleeping
under the same roof as the old bastard. Soon, the old representatives
of the military and police will come to pay their respects at the
presidential palace. Next, the representatives of various foreign
governments will come to pay their respects and congratulate the
new bastard, to be followed by the representatives of the labor
unions, bureaucracies, and powerful corporations. They all come
singing the praises of the new bastard, and they all come bearing
gifts of various kinds. If he accepts their gifts, and he will,
the death of the revolution is thereby consummated.
pride will not be quickly extinguished, however. They will boast
for years, if not centuries, about their glorious revolution, and
they will naively assume that any old bastard that lives in the
presidential palace is a representative of the "revolution."
They wonít even realize that the revolution was lost at the very
moment that the old bastard fled town. The peopleís pride and complacency
allowed it to be lost.
One day, long
after the revolution, some of them will look around and realize
the new bastard is exactly the same as the old
bastard they chased out of town so long ago. The new bastard
and tortures people just like the last
bastard. The new bastard and his cronies are rich beyond belief,
while the people suffer in poverty, just as it was before the revolution.
A few of them start to realize that they are serfs of the new bastard
even though almost no one realizes it.
The only remedy
to this Sisyphean outcome is for the revolutionaries to remain vigilant
when the old bastard is finally forced to flee the country. There
is no time for singing and rejoicing when the apparatus of government
remains open to being commandeered by slick-talking revolutionary
imposters, or, worse, by military apparatchiks or secret police
thugs. Kicking out the old bastard by no means ensures that his
replacement will be any better.
This can only
be accomplished, however, if the people disembowel the government
entirely as soon as the old bastard boards a plane. The bureaucracies
must be gutted and dismantled from top to bottom, government buildings
commandeered, and the sociopathic police forces, military forces,
and intelligence services must be completely dismantled. The loyalty
of these institutions to the peopleís liberty simply cannot be trusted,
since they were the sadistic musclemen behind the old bastardís
reign of terror. Without their collaboration, the old bastard would
not have been able to do any of the brutal things for which he is
being forced to flee. They may say that they stand for liberty once
their old boss gets the axe, but the people should see through this
as a transparent ploy to keep their lucrative jobs. After all, they
enforced the old bastardís brutal laws for years without qualms,
so whatís to stop them from enforcing them again if someone else
tells them to, or even on their own initiative?
key to accomplishing this purge of government leaches and sadists
is for the people to take stock of their strengths as individuals,
and jealously guard their individual liberty from self-proclaimed
"leaders" or "representatives." The movement
to depose the old bastard did not need a "representative"
or a "leader," so why should it need one now? Why give
a new bastard a chance to do exactly what the old bastard did? Having
suffered for years under the oppression of the sadistic and corrupt
police, military, and intelligence services, why should the people
reinstate such forces? Any
protection individuals might need can be paid for, although
without a brutal and corrupt police force out there persecuting,
imprisoning and torturing them, the people will need much less protection.
The key for
revolutionary success, in other words, is to carry through the revolution
to its logical conclusion before relaxing or celebrating. Free individuals
do not need a "president" or a "prime minister."
Nor do they need an armed taxing and police force roaming through
their neighborhoods as a constant and mortal threat to their lives
and freedom. They donít need prisons, gulags, public schools, regulatory
agencies, or any other corrupt and inefficient government agency.
The only thing that free people need to find happiness, peace and
prosperity is anarchic
freedom itself. Anything less represents a betrayal of the revolution
and a putrid seed that will sprout nothing but future oppression,
misery, poverty and shame.
Crovelli [send him mail]
writes from Denver, Colorado.
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