Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega Gasset had described fascism as paradoxical because it presents itself as a powerful state yet uses all means to destroy that state.
How can a fascist regime destroy the state? How can loyalists who keep chanting “long live the homeland” tear down the state consciously or unconsciously?
Well, welcome to Egypt.
In Egypt, the executive branch demands that the judiciary issue severe punishments. Driven by public enthusiasm, the judiciary succumbs and voids the blindfolded Lady Justice who holds level the balance of goodness of its meaning by issuing provisions on double (and sometimes even triple and quadruple) standards.
This false idea of justice started hating defendants and bragging about it in the media. It started sitting on platforms to take revenge. It started to formulate laws on the spur of the moment and under popular and government pressure to avenge the state.
Soon justice will completely lose meaning and people will take the law into their own hands and avenge their dead in the streets. It is then that the state will lose one of its most important components: namely the administration of true justice.
The regime is on a daily basis raising a public monster, destroying its mind and imbuing it with enthusiasm, lies and more lies. It chases whoever thinks differently or whispers objection so that only one voice remains is a sonorous, stupid and obsessed voice that cheers enthusiastically for the nation, while the ship is sinking and the Constitution is sinking with it.
Article 5 of the Constitution provides for a multi-party political system, while the opposition is being persecuted by the day.
Article 9 provides for equal opportunities for citizens, while working for the police or the judiciary is by blatant bequeathal.
Other articles pertaining to women, equality and torture are being violated every day.
A step in the destruction of any any nation is the demolition of its constitution.
Theoretically, a state practices legitimate violence with standards and ethics. But as maintaining the prestige of the state became an end in itself, and given a mass hysteria that is eager to fight the enemy, our state has neglected those standards and ethics.
Today, we hear the Interior Ministry using terms like “liquidation” and “kidnapping without charge” and “extrajudicial killings” have become ordinary practices that have ramifications unforeseen by the regime.
With a parliament that was not yet formed, an opposition that has been marginalized and control bodies that the President can eliminate with a law specially devised for that purpose, who can bring the head of the executive branch to account? Who can tell him you are wrong?
Is the President infallible?
A modern state is based on a balance of power where no one has absolute powers and everybody is subject to control. But it seems that Egypt is not a modern state, or is not planned to be one.
The regime in Egypt is fighting an actual enemy called terrorism and virtual enemies called Masonic conspiracies and fifth generation wars. In this battle, the regime has the support of the masses, thanks to the miserable machine that imbues them with slogans like “Egypt is guarded by God” and “the President does not make mistakes,” all for the purpose of achieving false victories. Add to this and intentional or unintentional scenario to destroy the state and its institutions under the pretext of fighting extremism.
Nobody is for extremism, but a sane person is one who is against destroying the state, sabotaging the judicial system, transforming the country into a totalitarian regime governed by one person, switching to a security state without control and demolishing the classic form of a state with independent executive, legislative and judicial powers, all under the pretext of fighting extremism.
Our country is decaying before our eyes into a state without citizens whose population has numbers instead of names, and whose airspace carries frequencies of bugging devices and flags that people fear and not love.
The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti once wrote:
The Sultan told us:
Saddle belts for the sake of the homeland;
Keep quiet for the sake of the homeland;
Obey the leader for the sake of the homeland;
Die for the sake of the homeland.
Wait a minute, we are the homeland.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm