The world is waiting for runoff totals in the Egyptian elections, but what happened to the hopes of the young activists who were largely responsible for the "Arab Spring" government overthrow? Are they pulling for the former assistant to dictator Hosni Mubarak or for the religious leaders who will probably push for a theocracy? Actually, neither!
The Dallas newspaper's coverage "from wire reports" on 5/26/12 says this:
"The election result was a setback for the young activists, largely liberal and secular, who ignited last year's uprising that overthrew Mubarak. They failed to articulate a galvanizing vision for a country yearning for new leadership, leaving familiar ideologies to take on new resonance as common political ground diminished." The candidate who came closest to representing them only got 20% in the first round.
It is not for us to try to tell the Egyptians what they should or should not do or should have done or should not have done. But the results of the current election, the very pinnacle of the great uprising, point us once again to the iron necessity of communist parties. It is not for us to say why there was not a communist leadership at the head of the Arab Spring, it may not have even been possible. But we can take note of the necessity for communist leadership if real revolution, that is the transfer of power from the capitalist class to its only possible successor -- the working class -- may take place.
The necessity of the workers' party is a part of the ABC's of any Marxist's education. In the Little School, it is covered at http://tx.cpusa.org/school/abcs/partyx.htm.
A similar lesson may come from the same newspaper on 5/27/12. In the article "Disillusioned voters loom over elections" on page one, we find this interesting summation, "If 2008 was 'hope and change' and 2010 a rabble-rousing tea party revolution, this is the year of the disillusioned voter -- of Americans taking stock after some roller-coaster years and not happy about what they see." In other words, the newspaper's senior politcal writer, Wayne Slater, thinks that Americans are not happy with the choices they will get at the polls in November. Backing up his view are the statistics on primary elections so far. Texas pundits estimate that only about 15% of the electorate will turn out for the primary election, which concludes May 29th.
Same point. The workers' party is needed. It's the only solution. Egyptians and Americans are realizing it. Join now at www.cpusa.org.