People are naïve when they get the idea that we fix elections. Nothing of the
kind. It just comes down to the fact that we‟ve studied the Egyptian people well.
Our Lord created the Egyptians to accept government authority. No Egyptiancan go against his government. Some peoples are excitable and rebellious bynature, but the Egyptian keeps his head down his whole life long so he can eat. Itsays so in the history books. The Egyptians are the easiest people in the world torule. The moment you take power, they submit to you and grovel to you and youcan do what you want with them.
This quote from Kamal El Fouli, a corrupt politician from Alaa El Aswany‟s
the Yacoubian Building
, reveals not some fundamental truths about Egyptian culture, which proved him wrong
in January of 2011, but the contempt in which Egypt‟s
elites held the common man. The
Mubarak regime‟s monopoly on power came by generously rewarding the elites at the expense
of the majority. It presided over the tight interlacing of business and political interests thatcreated a small, very rich group of men who corruptly controlled political power and economicmarkets. It was a group in which businessmen and politicians became effectivelyindistinguishable, because political power and market control had themselves becomeindistinguishable.The protesters who rose up in January and February 2011 against the Mubarak regime cited thestate of the economy and corruption as among their main grievances. Many commentatorsblamed neoliberalism. Neoliberalism is a theory of political economy that favours individualentrepreneurial freedom through private property, free markets and free trade. The state shouldguarantee security and the rule of law, but not intervene in markets. (Harvey, 2) Hasneoliberalism worked this way in practice?