The European Organisation for Sustainability

I think that no human being with a clear conscience could anything other than applaud the bravery and determination of the Egyptian people in protesting against the twin evils imposed on them by an authoritarian tyrant and deteriorating conditions of life.  At the same time, there are reasons to worry that a new government, no matter if it is secular or religious would be equally unable to solve the crisis.

Firstly, why engage in the Egyptian issue?

We in EOS do not recognise national boundaries, and we believe that what is happening in one place could have a tremendous impact on other places.  Moreover, a people actively seeking liberty and to restore their dignity have a responsibility, not only for themselves and their children, but for all peoples on Earth, in what alternatives they would seek to build afterwards.

While the human rights guaranteed in a liberal democracy are virtuous and by all means should be defended, they are clearly not enough in order to guarantee sustainable prosperity (the heavy environmental costs imposed by the capitalist paradigm will eventually serve to undermine democratic and social rights everywhere).

The global economic system is tumbling down, and the next financial crisis is expected to occur soon. We could expect that governments which are following the ruling market paradigm would face continued social problems, which would permeate a permanentisation of social and economic ills.

While it seems like Mr ElBaradei would form a transitionary government, it is unclear whether the dominant opposition party, an islamist party, would accept to rule in a coalition even after the elections. At the same time, that very same party has had a declining support rate and absolutely no viable answers on how to solve the economic crisis.

This represents a progressive window of opportunity of the Egyptian ZM movement, but it needs to work on the situation quickly in order to grasp the opportunity to influence the Post-Mubarak discourse.

Firstly, the Egyptian ZM movement seems very small, but there certainly are an Arab support group of ZM. You guys and gals have an historical opportunity, to establish a mass movement in what is now a rare political vacuum. Concerned by your success, I will give you the following the advice.

1. Organise deeper, and try to reach out to your communities, use your freedoms which you have conquered yourself to build up a support locally for a transition towards a future society.

2. There are on-going factory occupations in Egypt. That could serve as a foundation for a future Resource-Based Economy. You should approach the workers and help them in their work.

3. You should focus on creating education facilities to learn people to read, calculate and write.

4. You should be visible on protests with your flags and symbols, especially before cameras. Do not try to order other protesters around, but be present.

5. You should start to produce your own food, your own electricity and your own sovereignty, and help people on the countryside to improve their lives.

6. You should organise all over the Arab World, to help create similar networks, everywhere.

If you follow this programme, there is a large likelihood that you will meet success. There is a large population of unemployed youths with university degrees. They have nothing to lose and everything to win on a change, but you must be able to promise concrete, factual improvements in their lives.

Egypt was once the most advanced civilisation the world had seen. She could be it again, with your help, and lead the light of enlightenment for the rest of the world. But you will have to work.

Salam!

/Enrique

 

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