It is quite clear that the Egyptian people want to get rid of Hosni Mubarek, ‘what he stands for’ and have ‘democracy’. It isn’t at all clear what that would be like. Is any of the thinking of the Transition movement to be seen?
They could simply create a new set of political parties, building on existing groups, taking over but leaving the basic institutions of the state, and especially of the economy, as they are. That is the most likely scenario. (Sometimes called ‘elected dictatorship’! So-called western democratic governments are given powers to control the life of the country until replaced.)
But this is an Internet age, and this has been called the Facebook revolution. We are all connected now in a way we weren’t when 18th century models of democracy were being imagined.
There is now the technical and social possibility of a new form of democracy that is genuninely participative, where power is devolved, issue by issue, to the people concerned, so it is grass-roots or community based. Where local people control the economy as well as their own governance. And at the same time is globally connected.
And especially, a form of governance that is concerned with the environment and the threats to local resilience.
Are there voices in Egypt looking at these issues? Who are they? How can those of us looking at this in the Transition Network and elsewhere talk to similarly minded Egyptians? Can you help?