“Those who make revolutions half way dig their own graves”

Egypt in Summer of 2013

Morsi is out, but this is not of concern to the spectacular. He was never of any significance, as all in the know have long since known, always having been a standardized image of rule as worthless as all the others. As the scenario stands, it would seem a palace coup has simply amounted to a classical rearrangement of the cabinet, the age old deception of modern governance wherein the image of reign is altered in line with the manipulated consciousness of a revolutionary expression perverted by ideology. Coup! Coup! they will scream, to no end, ceaselessly obscuring the reality that the American CIA has long since approved this movement for the standing of its relations in the middle east. The idea of the former Egyptian president was scarified for the continuity of the spectacle, nothing more. It was apparent enough to the dominance of class rule in Egypt that it would not be able to continue on as it was, thus, a re-branding was called for. It did not hurt when the ‘popular’ movements of the political were quick to respond in this language. So long as revolution is conducted within the rage of democratic protest, via the reform of the ballet box, it will stop short of a revolution history will recall.

What we are witnessing in Egypt today is a new model of the political, very much the same as all that have followed, though, as always, presented only via mechanisms of visually altered appearance. Constitutions, democracies in birth, ‘the opposition’, all exist as necessary cogs in the decorum of power, conversations that may be held with an air of importance. As the shopping mall finds itself organized with wide boulevards to best facilitate travel between an endless line of stores all selling the same hollow ideas, as a television must constantly flow between advertisement and narrative, so too must all political movement be presented for the sensation of participation to be infused into the consciousness of the spectator. In Egypt, this rule has taken on the extreme seen in all ‘third world’ revolutions, wherein the means are simply augmented in multiplication for effect. Does of social ‘life’, of protest, are increased so that the propriety of the spectacle may be averted from the popular eye for yet another moment. Squares are increasingly filled with revolutionaries seeking to increase the speed by which the spectacle of the political moves forward, as so it concedes to what passes as the mythical popular will.

For a victory to be found in Egypt, all that has since happened in Egypt will need to be forgotten. All the Arab springs which has thrown in more ‘democratic’ rulers, more ‘democratic’ police forces, more ‘democratic’ militaries, will need to be scraped, as we have long since said. Revolutionary potential exists in the Egyptian masses, as it exists in any mass of alienated life, but it will not be founded in street festivals since converted to political rallies for the spectacle, it will only be realized at the precise moment that it negates all that has come before it, in the moment when it realizes its own history. 

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