Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 80

Reflecting on Revolution

EPPWhat makes a successful revolution? Has there ever been one? Looking at Egypt's current situation, two and a half years after the fall of Mubarak, what have we learned about the revolutionary process, about its failures and successes? How does this relate to the global imperial system, and how can people within the imperial powers play a part in these foreign revolutions?

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 79

Egypt: From Revolution to Counter-Revolution

EPPIn the two and a half years since the uprising began, Egypt has undergone not only a continuation of the Revolution, but an institutional counter-revolution from within Egyptian society, most dramatically witnessed with the ouster of Morsi two weeks ago. As always, the American Empire - in its infinite pragmatism - supported the counter-revolution just as it supported Morsi. The rule for the empire is to support whomever holds power, and to attempt to manipulate circumstances from behind the scenes. Within Egypt itself, there was an internal power struggle, which has reached an extreme in the form of recent events, attempting to steer the revolution into a direction safe for the entrenched power structures: the military, the police, and the economic oligarchy.

The story of the Egyptian Revolution continues... and will for some time.

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Empire, Power, and People with Andrew Gavin Marshall- Episode 78

Egypt's Ongoing Revolution

EPPOn June 30, between 14 and 17 million Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of their first democratically-elected government of Mohammed Morsi, which came about a few days later when the military intervened (to protect its own institutional interests) and side with the population. Looking back at the start of the revolution in 2011, it's important to understand the conditions that led to the revolution, labour unrest, economic and social justice, and pro-democracy groups organizing. The US government had its own interests at play, namely in an attempt to co-opt, but that effort was largely unsuccessful. Egypt's ongoing revolution is an inspiration and a powerful example of the complexity of relations between institutions and populations.

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