A Balance Sheet of the coup and another Reply to our Critics (LCC, WIVP, SF/LCFI)
By Michael Pröbsting, Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT), 8.8.2013, www.thecommunists.net
I. One month after the coup: Have we seen an advance or a setback for the Egyptian Revolution?
The Left’s Failure to understand the Meaning of the reactionary Coup
After one month only politically blind people can deny that this was a reactionary coup d’état
Egypt's army command as a major player of the capitalist class
Military-imposed government attempts to liquidate the revolutionary wave
Expanding the repression apparatus
Integrating and political beheading of the liberal opposition
How do the imperialist enemies assess the military coup?
Support by imperialist Israel and the Gulf monarchies
Russian and Chinese imperialism are glad about the coup d’état
The Assad regime is relieved too
II. The Assessment of the Coup: Discussing the arguments of our critiques
Comment on Socialist Fight’s critique on the term “Arab Revolution”
On Socialist Fight’s Incomprehension of the Syrian Civil War
Some “army socialists” start to feel uneasy and invent a “Third Camp”
Can a Military Coup ever reflect an Advance of the Revolution?
LCC: Mistaking a counterrevolutionary military coup for an “advance of the Arab revolution”
The Value of the Muslim Brotherhood for the Bourgeoisie
Questions to the LCC on the so-called “Advance of the Revolution”
Before the Coup D’État: Summary of the RCIT’s assessment and conclusions for revolutionary tactics
After the 3rd July: Summary of the RCIT’s assessment and conclusions for revolutionary tactics
III. The Marxist classics on reactionary coups d’états
Marx and Engels against “tactical” support for reactionary forces against bourgeois opponents
Lenin, Trotsky and the Communist International on reactionary coup d’état
The Communists’ tactic during the reactionary coup d’états in Bulgaria 1923 and Poland 1926
IV. The revolutionary democratic program and the slogan of a Revolutionary Constituent Assembly
On the LCC critique against our application of the slogan of a Revolutionary Constituent Assembly
WIVP: Confused about who should convene a Revolutionary Constituent Assembly
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It is now little more than one month ago that the Egypt army command led by General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi overthrew the Morsi government via a coup d’état and took power. Al-Sisi leads a reactionary coalition with the “deep state” – the old repressive state apparatus from the Mubarak-era – at its core and which incorporates the pro-Western liberal opposition as well as a number of petty-bourgeois leftists and trade union bureaucrats. It is backed by the imperialist Great Powers and the Gulf monarchies and supported by the Apartheid State Israel.
Since the 3rd July the army killed – according to different estimations – between 300 and 500 people. On a single day, the bloody Saturday 27th July, the military and police orchestrated a massacre which left at least 120 demonstrators dead and a further 4,500 people injured. The