Egypt has just had 18 days of Revolution that changed the world. These days of revolution were watched around the globe as people of Egypt had shown bravery and courage facing the despotic regime, which could terrorize whole nation by using its ‘loyal’ and brutal forces.
People of Egypt has struggled for its freedom, human rights, and lost dreams in twilight zone of ‘wonderland’. Economic hardships have made the nation to despise ‘the government’ for suppressing its dignity and increasing moral slavery and physical dependency on corrupted values of Mubarak’s regime.
As in any society based on a bribe system with fateful consequences, people of this great country have decided to limit the power of government to avoid future usurpations by any government branch. However, social injustices against major part of population have created economic disadvantages asking ‘government in progress’ to work out inequities.
At this time, many workers of state and private companies demand pay raise and various benefits like health, pension and concessions like minimum wage rise. Basically, ‘government’ in acting is asked to intervene and provide job securities rather immediate political and economic reforms to reduce businesses and individuals reliance on state officials for survival.
State unions for labor rights were used by the ‘old regime’ to implant its own people and violate workers’ rights by taking bribes in return of job security. Currently, labor leaders organizing strikes want to establish independent unions to demand more privileges from the ‘government’ budget without even looking into other alternatives like increasing profit-sharing incentives, more competitive environment in employee promotion and less vertical structure with more horizontal delegation of management structure without state involvement in day-to-day operations.
While trying to leverage on factory workers’ frustration with recent ‘reforms’ started by Mubarak regime to privatize state-owned companies, socialists and left-wing politicians do not acknowledge that old regime used corrupt and discriminatory methods in choosing how to denationalize ‘government’ assets. Presenting privatization as a burden on working population and creating anxiety among people against dropping state subsidies and downsizing industry jobs to cut losses in keeping companies afloat and benefiting Egyptian society will not actually empower people and increase entrepreneurship with more investments to create job places.
People of Egypt face dreadful life challenges by trying to provide their families with basic things and make living to catch up with inflation during weakening economy. Instead of attracting some ‘taken’ wealth from Egyptian people and foreign investments into open market, some politicians with socialist orientation propagate for shorter working hours with more benefits, increasing protectionism of state companies against outside exposure and cheaper goods in exchange for loyalty in upcoming elections to new socialist regime.
There is panic in the society with increasing food prices and mistrust to any private enterprise with past relations to Mubarak’s regime. All this fear can be overcome by not using emotions and calling for more strikes for increasing state subsidies with following quantitative easing in money supply leading to more inflation.
Egypt’s success in transforming its society to open market with more opportunities can make it a good model for neighboring countries with upcoming revolutions. Social evolution of whole society, not another socialist revolution, would make dreams to come true in this land of people who built one of the first civilizations in our world.