Alas, the once hoped for peaceful Egyptian Revolution is not to be. Over 1,000 Egyptians have been killed since last Wednesday. All along the way the energized Egyptian revolutionary movement did not have centralized vanguard leadership and an aboveground structured organization. The fervor of hot angry feelings alone will not suffice to sustain revolution, especially after state repression comes down.
At the same time, we need to remember that Egypt did not have the historical tradition of having orderly systematic elections before, so we cannot simply transplant the Amerikan historical experience of electoral politics to Egypt. Even the illusion of democracy and free elections in the U.S.A. itself is a fake farce. Obama spent about a billion dollars to get elected.
The Egyptian revolutionary process was allowed to be co-opted, defused and derailed by the Muslim Brotherhood as it filled the empty leadership vacuum. The Madman Morsi tried to impose his own personal dictatorship, the masses once again rebelled still without a centralized disciplined vanguard. Thus, the Egyptian Army and its cabal of Generals boldly implemented a coup d’etat in reaction to mass street protests and got rid of the Morsi Regime.
Remember, after the departure of the Mubarak Regime the Army still remained intact without any fundamental change in its chain-of-command. They know how to tease, appease and placate the Egyptian masses. Now there is great turmoil in Egypt. No one can nonchalantly predict how this will all play out.
The core lesson to be learned by us is that there remains a constant critical need for vanguard leadership in any successful revolutionary process. We must keep in mind that revolution is a dynamic process, not a fixed set of conclusions. It is a flowing and ebbing process, sometimes coming closer to our calculations, other times receding further away, but always in a flowing flux subject to change. Many confused a mass uprising with an authentic revolution.
The now dormant Occupy Wall Street Movement and its Arab Spring tactic needs to be closely examined as a applicable template for revolution inside the United States. Assumptions must be questioned.
From the #OWS website:
“Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.”
Link: http://occupywallst.org/ @OccupyWallSt
The idea of a ‘leaderless resistance movement’ as espoused by #OWS failed to be transformed into an active on-going, expanding and thriving people’s liberation movement. Although it had a global influence, influences alone do not galvanize revolution. Internet Power has been a game changer as a kind of equalizer. Nonetheless, there are huge differences between the consciousness of online activists and the masses who are not exposed to online propaganda.
Whenever a thrust towards revolution has failed, blame must be squarely put upon the shoulders of those who were in charge of the general situation, not the masses of the people. We here in the U.S.A. need to keep learning from the actual experiences in other countries, but any real domestic revolution cannot be imported from afar. It is unfair to label the Amerikan people as ‘sheeple’ as historically they have been victims of the most intensive and extensive mass fascist propaganda in human history.
We still need to do basic mass education, promote general literacy and provide Internet Access for all. Raising mass consciousness using all forms of progressive propaganda remains the key for unlocking the minds of the masses now locked down by decades of fascist propaganda.
The General Strategic aim should be the actual SEIZURE OF POWER. The idea of whether to use a tactics of violence or nonviolence will actually depend on the connected realities of a given situation. We can seek to exhaust all peaceful nonviolent methods of struggle, including direct participation in electoral politics. but we must also know when and where nonviolent methods have been clearly exhausted. The people will know what is to be done.
It is not enough for vanguard elements to be convinced about the practical necessity and logical possibility of revolution, it is the masses themselves who must learn through their own direct practical experience the relevancy and legitimacy of revolution.
We still need to exhaust peaceful methods of struggle, though this intention has been strained by the now exposed global fascist surveillance system. We are confronted by the ever repressive U.S. Rogue Regime still known as the U.S. government. The general population in the U.S.A. is still not engaged in any revolutionary process, have not been convinced and remain largely apathetic to the proponents of social revolution. Amerikan citizens are dumbed down, passive and obedient, much like the Nazi German population was when Hitler was killing his way into power during the Third Reich.
We cannot wait for the apathetic Amerikan masses to be awakened alone, though they remain of strategic importance because of their geo-political status. We must actively support all progressive liberation movements anywhere in the world, create natural alliances, coordinate mass events when called for and seek solidarity with all who oppose Amerkan Imperialism.
We need to have a clear vision of exactly what kind of government and political economy we want to have beyond the vague slogan of World Revolution. Clearly we must agree on a practical alternative to fascist corporate capitalism. I see a kind of intercommunal democratic socialism, though these words are often misdefined. More will be revealed in the terrible times to come.
Until then we must continue to consciously work on our own personal Spiritual Liberation as humane beings of the family of humanity. At the same time, we need to understand that global liberation is based upon what takes place on the local community level. It all begins within the hearts and minds of each of us.
Venceremos! We Will Win!
Peter S. López aka @Peta_de_Aztlan
▶ Rise And Fall Of The Third Reich:
http://youtu.be/PUa5-8fhzCQ ~Uploaded Oct 14, 2011
Nazi Germany – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Germany
Is the United States a democracy?
Posted on 07/03/2013 via @Peta_de_Aztlan
On a hot day in Sacramento, I am sitting here typing in my air-conditioned bunker far from the heat of the battles going on in Egypt. I remember when the Egyptian uprising starting kicking up in 2011. At the time, I was working as a Counselor/Case Manager at the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter here in Sacramento. I would get off work, go home, hop on the Internet and check out the latest developments on the situation in Egypt.
For the heck of it I typed up a little article back then. Link >
On the Uprising in Egypt ~via @Peta_de_Aztan
Before this uprising I was convinced that only a violent People’s Revolution could overthrow an evil regime. I related to the Cuban revolutionary model; along with Che Guevara’s ‘foco’ theory and practice. I had been involved in the Chicano Movement, with MECHA and joined the Brown Berets. I had seen the growth of the Black Panther Party Survival Programs, the efforts of vanguard elements at heightening the antagonistic contradictions between the oppressor and the oppressed for a liberation war and the eventual repression of the Black Panther Party.
Full text of “War Against The Panthers: A Study Of Repression In America”:
If you study the history of the BPP from different sources you get a better wider picture of the internal contradictions that were going on in the BPP itself among its leaders. Many times movements go through stages of historical development in the process of ‘learning by doing’.
Plus, I have read and studied Blood In My Eye by Companero George L. Jackson to get a deeper understanding of the whole revolutionary process and the role of corporate fascism in Amerika today.
BOOK: Blood in My Eye: George L. Jackson:
Now I see the power of mass protests for raising mass consciousness and that we cannot simply shoot our way into power. Violent revolutions tend to plant the seeds of resentments for future counter-revolutions. There must be a mass paradigm shift in the hearts, minds and souls of the masses.
Ideally, we need to clearly exhaust all peaceful methods of struggle. all legitimate methods of resistance and utilize all applicable tactics in a given situation. The role of force in history is ultimately up to the natural genius of the masses of the people. There are many forms of force and many kinds of power. It is up to the people to decide based upon their own direct personal experiences.
We must keep in mind that the evil forces of corporate fascism are themselves illegitimate and in violation of natural laws, though they try to legitimize their corrupt criminality and offer the crumbs of reform to bribe the people. Our historical enemies have no moral authority over us. Their whole evil existence is immoral and inhumane. They must be stopped before the whole planet is destroyed and we all suffer species extinction.
There are no blueprints for revolution. No clean cookie-cutter that fits all situations. No crystal ball we can look into. We must base our general analyses upon factual analyses of actual conditions in a given connected reality before us. Improvisation is the key for giving us new innovative tactics and the arena of imagination is the birthplace of new creative ideas.
The vanguard elements have the responsibility for helping to guide the masses through their own direct experiences. We can help guide, broaden the range of choices and offer alternative methods. Only the enlightened masses can bring the revolution to supreme victory, not any isolated vanguard alone. Failure is often the mother of success. We learn from our mistakes or burn in a hell we allowed to happen.
If we take the time to examine the history of the Arab Spring, the Occupy Wall Street Movement and other liberation movements, past and present, we can come to a few basic conclusions as to how best to make or manufacture a relevant revolution:
1. Study hard in order to have a good understanding of global history in all its interrelated complexities in order to clearly see the present situation before us.
A People’s History of the United States ~By Howard Zinn http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html
2. Create a culture of liberation so that you incorporate the whole process of liberation into your life-style: whether you are online, offline or inline with life in the here now.
3. Accept the responsibility of creating, developing and nurturing vanguard leadership for the Movimiento in general based upon the proven principles of democratic consensus. Leadership must be known, not anonymous.
4. Learn how to effectively and efficiently use the Power of the Internet via social media in order to educate to liberate, stimulate mass consciousness and coordinate creative constructive mass actions.
I never thought I would support a military coup d’ etat.~ at least I support the one in Egypt that has happened for now. We will watch how the see-saw dialectic develops. It is up to the Egyptian people. Ideally, the military ~ both in the army and the police forces ~ should be the people in uniform. The Egyptian military has seen the power of the people when they amass before and rightly fear the wrath of the people when it does not serve the people’s interests.
When we say ‘Power to the People’ that means that all forms, agencies and departments of government power should be in the hands of the people via their elected representatives in harmony with the mass direct participation of the people. The people require a true authentic democracy that is for the people, by the people and of the people, not the corrupt corporate farce for democracy we have now in the U.S.A.
Remember an authentic revolution involves the turnover and transformation of property relations, not just a palace occupation. There must be a great redistribution of the wealth in society between the -1% of the ‘haves’ and the +99% of the ‘have-nots’. The land, the central state power and all the viable social institutions thereon must be seized by the mass power of the people. Otherwise, there can be no legitimate relevant revolution, only a new set of tyrants.
Ideally, a global revolution by any means necessary would be a great quantum leap forward in the evolution of our species. Nevertheless, global revolution itself cannot give us final answers to our collective problems as people of Mother Earth.
If we do not self-destruct as an endangered species, which is within the realms of possibilities, the real permanent revolution will be the one for creating and maintaining new positive relations and healthy relationships among us all on global, communal and personal levels. As a species we all need to learn how to respect each other, love one another and help one another as one family of humanity. It’s not brain science. It’s natural wisdom.
Venceremos Unidos! We Will Win Together!
Peter S. López aka @Peta_de_Aztlan
▶ Detainee Deaths Renew Concern Over #Egypt Violence
http://youtu.be/ynAjdn0BvVQ ~Pub Aug 19, 2013
8-19-2013: Ahdaf Soueif: Amidst Egypt’s Bloodshed, “We Are Trying Keep the Discourse of the Revolution Alive” @DemocracyNow!
8-17-2013: #Egypt Turmoil Continues As Government Considers Brotherhood Ban (VIDEO)
For Immediate Release July 03, 2013: Statement by President Barack Obama on #Egypt:
http://wh.gov/lcFMr ~via @whitehouse
Coup d’état – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
AUDIO: Sharif Abdel Kouddous Reports From Cairo As Egyptian Army Ousts Morsi in Coup Amid Protests @Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/7/4/audio_sharif_abdel_kouddous_reports_from_cairo_as_egyptian_army_ousts_morsi_in_coup_amid_protests
#Egypt’s Morsi stripped of power, constitution suspended:
http://youtu.be/fgXbq7BdKHg ~via @RT_com ~Pub July 3, 2013
Sharif Abdel Kouddous: As Morsi-Army Showdown Grips Egypt, Protesters Reject Authoritarian Rule @Democracy Now!
Novelist Ahdaf Soueif: By Ignoring Egypt’s Majority, Morsi Begat the Uprising Against His Rule @DemocracyNow!
7-2-2013 #Egypt: Security Forces Need to Act to Prevent Bloodshed
2-5-2011 Uprising in Egypt: A Two-Hour Special on the Revolt Against the U.S.-Backed Mubarak Regime @Democracy Now! http://www.democracynow.org/2011/2/5/uprising_in_egypt_a_two_hour
BOOK: Tweets from Tahrir: Egypt’s Revolution as it Unfolded, in the Words of the People Who Made it:
#Egypt Revolution 2011: A Complete Guide To The Unrest http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/30/egypt-revolution-2011_n_816026.html ~via @ckanal
TIMELINE OF KEY DEVELOPMENTS
Tuesday, 1/25: First Day Of Demonstrations
Wednesday, 1/26: Protests Resume For Second Day
Thursday, 1/27: Egypt Shuts Down The Internet
Friday, 1/28: Mubarak Speaks, Says He’ll Form A New Government
Saturday, 1/29: Anonymous Internet Users Help Egypt Communicate
Sunday, 1/30: Hillary Clinton: Egypt Must Transition To Democracy
Monday, 1/31: Egypt’s New Government Is Announced, Sworn In
Tuesday, 2/1: President Mubarak Says He Won’t Run For Re-Election
Wednesday, 2/2: Internet Service Returns In Egypt
Thursday, 2/3: Foreign Journalists Rounded Up
Friday, 2/4: “Day of Departure” Protests Held Across Egypt
Saturday, 2/5: Members Of Ruling Party Leadership Resign
Sunday, 2/6: Government Agrees On Concessions
Monday, 2/7: Google Executive Released In Egypt
Tuesday, 2/8: Freed Activist Energizes Protests
Wednesday, 2/9: Widespread Labor Strikes Throughout Egypt
Thursday, 2/10: Despite Rumors, Mubarak Refuses To Step Down
Friday, 2/11: Mubarak Resigns As President, Leaves Cairo