Marxism 2008

You know, I wasn't looking for trouble, just minding my own business, until I stumbled upon this video, of our very own Hossam el Hamalwy giving the opening speech at the Marxism 2008 conference in London. Hossam, with a palestinian Kuffiah around his neck of course, gave a rousing 10 minutes speech about the different strikes that egypt has been going through for the past 2 years, and painting a picture of how they are interconnected and somehow will lead to the fantastical workers revolution that will take egypt by storm. Yeah..ok..anyway, I have to say that my favorite part of the speech is at its end, when Hossam reminisced on how 10 years ago he came to the Marxism conference as a disaffected arab nationalist, and ended up joining the revolutionary socialists, and how back then there was no hope, but thanks to the books written by british revolutionary socialists he was given hope, and how they smuggled those books into egypt, spent hours translating them and teaching them to youngsters, and now look at Egypt, ripe with revolution- thanks to those teaching by brits, who thought us how to plan and think- and now sports 2 generations of revolutionary socialists. And then the coup de grâce, when he tells them that because this conference and those books gave him and his comrades hope when they needed it most, eventually he and his comrades will return the favor with the anticipated great socialist revolution in Egypt, once it happens of course. Me, personally, I find something rather unsettling about the concept that somehow those strikes- none of which were ever ideological  by the way and whose participants would think that the revolutionary socialists are a bunch of amoral godless nutjobs if they found out what they really believed in- were somehow caused by the invaluable teachings of a couple of guys in London, or that if such a revolution would take place it would be thanks to the ideas and foundations they gave us hopeless poor uneducated uninformed egyptians and would owe it all to them. Something almost…dare one even say… colonialist about this whole thing. But what do I know? You watch it, and tell me if I am imagining shit!

0 comment on Marxism 2008

  1. Charles
    July 16, 2008 at 11:02 am

    “the coup de gras”

    The coup de grâce !


  2. yochanan
    July 16, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    if there is a revolution in egypt it will most likely be by the islamist and fellowing the iranian example the first group the islamist will toss into jail. then they will go after the copts as the jews have already been kicked out of egypt.

  3. CarpetCaptain
    July 17, 2008 at 1:42 am

    The entire premise of that movie is bullshit. Can you really equate the Copts with the discrimination ad violence commited against them?

    I think that the rapid rate of increase in violence and people’s attitudes in Egypt will come to a boil pretty quick with the Copts being openly massacred in the streets.

  4. EgyPeter
    July 17, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Well Captain, I hope to god we don’t get ever get there, but at the rate Egypt’s descending at now, who knows?

    “Can you really equate the Copts with the discrimination ad violence commited against them?”

    No, of course not. But some try.

  5. Mo-ha-med
    July 21, 2008 at 10:37 am

    There’ll always someone trying to take credit for good things they haven’t done. What was the old say — “Failure is an orphan, success has a thousand fathers”?

  6. Hanif Leylabi
    July 28, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    If you bothered to find out anything about the subject of which you are talking about, you’d realise that Tony Cliff, the founder of the International Socialist Tendency (and whose books Hossam referred to) was actually Palestinian.

  7. Grululu
    September 10, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Well, the colonialism argument ist not very convincing here. Why does it matter where ideas come from as long as they are adequate and enriching. And there is the real problem: Tony Cliff and the SWP are neither adequate nor enriching. Sigh, who needs all these trotskist splinter groups? Busy tryin to take over the state, then enter the state of permanent revoltion and all that just to become corrupted functionaries at the end.
    What a bummer!!!


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