AKA Why Did Democracy Fail in Egypt
My argument is simple – that what Egyptians want is not just democracy, but something else as well.
What Egyptians want is equality. This is why they rose up against Mursi – not because he went against the spirit of democracy (he didn’t), but because he went against the spirit of equality. Mohammed Mursi was seen to be a President with no interest in representing the hopes, dreams and preferences of all Egyptians. He was seen as a partisan man who would only ever try to raise one group and their interests (Islamists) above all others.
In many ways democracy serves equality. When people dream of a society in which every citizen has a say, and every community has representation in government, they think that they are dreaming of democracy. But in actual fact the two things, whilst intimately connected, are not the same thing. Egypt proves this – that democratically elected governments can be just as oppressive as dictatorships if that is what a large enough group of people want.