Thursday, 4 July 2013
Good luck Egypt.
The history of the 20th century, and the first decade of 21st for that matter, is littered with military coups against democratically elected governments. I would be the last to fetishise representative democracy but the fact remains that these coups have usually led to repression and the further disenfranchisement of the masses. That's the trouble with democracy - someone is bound to get what they didn't want. Who knows what the future holds for Egypt and we can but hope that progressive, collectivist and libertarian elements will somehow triumph in this deeply religious and conservative country. There is an interesting insight into an Egyptian anarchist perspective here. Egyptians are a friendly and humorous people and I hope that these attributes will stand them in good stead during the interesting times ahead.