Can the Egyptian people in Liberty Square get what they want?
This is a very difficult question to answer. If they can get what they want, then why can’t we? If they can’t, then can we? Our answer to this question might reveal not only our understanding of the situation in Egypt, but also our understanding of our own circumstances.
Corporations and Wall Street more or less control our politics. Our democracy continues to be subject to the powers-that-be, and they were not elected and are not representative of the people. They control most of the riches of our land. Some are corporations and others are individuals, but in both cases, their vast sums of money have allowed them to direct current political and economic trends toward their benefit rather than toward justice and sustainability.
Many think this is how it is. They think that only a fool would expect something else. Are the people in Liberty Square fools? Or, are they standing for a way of life that has been a possibility from the moment we emerged from the forests; namely, the possibility that we could provide for one another, protect one another, and share a common purpose?
Egypt, a classical and now pluralistic culture, challenges all of us. Can we have a civic life and a representative government that ensures provisions and protection for all? Can we transform our commercial life so it serves everyone, instead of only property owners?
Will the people in Liberty Square get what they want, or will they be destroyed? We don’t know. And what will happen to us? Will we get what we want, or will we be destroyed?