[ilds] The Egyptian Revolution

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Jan 31 07:40:40 PST 2011

I think the Egyptian people want their impoverished lot improved and are tired of being rule by a corrupt oligarchy (the Memlik types).  Doesn't this remind you of the French Revolution?  Whether or not a democracy can provide that in the short term is questionable.  I fear that the Islamists, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, are better organized and better capable of seizing power.  They also have great religious fervor and appeal to a strong religious impulse.  Recall how the Lenin and the Bolsheviks took control.  In the Egyptian situation, the ones who appear incorruptible and beyond reproach may end up ruling.  Robespierre was known as "the Incorruptible."


On Jan 31, 2011, at 4:09 AM, Marc Piel wrote:

> The question is "is this really a revolution"? 
> Countries like Companies can save themselves by 
> changing bosses who have maintained a monopoly for 
> so many years. We are not in the 1700-1800 any 
> more and I doubt the Egyptian people would allow 
> another dictatorship.
> @+
> Marc
> Le 31/01/11 01:12, Bruce Redwine a écrit :
>> I agree. A revolution in Egypt may be good for the bulk of the Egyptian
>> people, but I do not think it augers well for cosmopolitanism — just the
>> opposite. I expect the country will quickly become more Islamist. As has
>> been pointed out, revolutions are inherently unstable. They may begin
>> proclaiming democratic ideals, but they quickly turn totalitarian — the
>> famous examples being the French and Russian. But who knows? I doubt
>> that Durrell would have been optimistic — he'd seen too much.
>> Bruce
>> On Jan 30, 2011, at 2:40 PM, Lee Sternthal wrote:
>>> will Alexandria become more secular again, never to return to
>>> Durrell's Cosmpopolitan city, but perhaps a step back in that
>>> direction? that would be a dream. i'm afraid not, though. i'm afraid
>>> of who will fill the ensuing power vacuum should the present regime
>>> fall. i imagine Durrell would have questions (and fears) about this as
>>> well.
>>> On Sat, Jan 29, 2011 at 1:39 PM, Peters, John U
>>> <john.u.peters at csun.edu <mailto:john.u.peters at csun.edu>> wrote:
>>>    The unfolding revolution in Egypt raises any number of questions,
>>>    not least of which is this: What would L.D. make of it all? Or
>>>    would he even try? Any thoughts? JP
>>>    ________________________________________

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