On The Limits Of Theoretical Frames

On Narrow Theoretical Frames and the Openness of the Squares: Egypt's Blazing Summer

The overthrow of the Morsi government has shown, for the Nth time, preset frames of thinking disconnected from actual practices, with the streets filled by actors calling for continuation of the revolution together with those coming to support the army in a confrontation with today's ally/yesterday opponent, embodied by Muslim Brotherhood. In the streets, revolutionaries mixed with former regime loyalists (feloul), those who are democratically-inclined mixed with those of a fascist tendency, and those seeking a livelihood and the right to expression mixed with those calling for the return of a stable framework of authoritarianism that Egyptians had long lived under.

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