Egypt: a revolution that’s just begun
volume 33
issue 4
August 2012

World powers were quite pleased with the June presidential vote in Egypt. The U.S. White House hailed it as a “milestone” for democracy.

It was no such thing, and the Egyptian people actually expressed that eloquently — by not voting. More than 50 percent boycotted the election because they couldn’t stomach either of their choices — the military or the nominal winner, the Muslim Brotherhood, which merely wants a share of the state power and wealth that the generals have monopolized for decades.

Egypt’s workers and jobless, youth, leftists, and progressives have fought so very hard during the last 18 months and the recent years of labor strikes. They have seen that without fundamental political unity, their many attempts at alliances and blocs and coalitions dissolve. They know too that a protracted crisis in revolutionary leadership is a key problem to resolve. Rebels on every continent face the same dilemma.

Perhaps the election will prove a spur for Egyptian radicals, who have already provided so much inspiration to the world, to blaze another trail by organizing a mass, revolutionary party — one that can stand up to and defeat Egypt’s capitalist rulers, not reconcile with them. Because, whatever the next immediate events, Egypt’s revolution is far from over.