Thursday, December 01, 2011
It was only a matter of time, but the alacrity with which the usual reprobates leapt to tell us that The Elections in Egypt prove the need for Occupy Wall Street to join up with the Donk surprised even me. It's a silly bit of rhetoric: the "secular and liberal Egyptians", whom this particular Digby-manqué is eager to overcredit for the so-called Revolution, were out-organized at the ballot box by religious conservatives. These religious parties are some kind of Egyptian analog for American Republicans, or perhaps the American Tea Party, which is either synonymous with the Republican Party, or else is a group that captured the Republican Party via "participation", or else is a group that was co-opted into the Republican Party, although perhaps in the process of being co-opted it managed to exert some rightward political pressure on the Republicans. The writer is a little confused on the point. On the other side, par contre, Egypt's secular revolutionaries are like Occupy Wall Street, or like American liberals, and their failure to organize will repeat the failure of Egypt's irreligious revolutionaries to organize, although Occupy Wall Street is not so much encouraged to organize itself as it is to let itself be co-opted by the Democratic Party . . . like I said, a little confused.