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On Dependence and Autonomy: Chronicles of Egypt’s Ailing Daddy State.

March 8, 2014
Despite a revolution, the ‘Daddy State’ remains.

By Hassan Fayed, contributor, EgyptianStreets.com “The Arab Republic of Egypt is a socialist democratic state.” That is what Article 1 of the 1971 Egyptian constitution states. This Article summarizes the chaos that Egypt has long been enduring since the 1952 revolution. Socialism, in Marxist theory, is a stage that eventually leads to communism. It stands precisely against the principles of democracy. The problem with Egypt is that it is a country with no clear definition. For decades, Egypt has been swinging between socialism and capitalism, trying to find a balance between the two, leading to its self-destruction. Today, this confusion has left the country between two extremes. When Nasser first introduced his glorious socialist policies, Egyptians were granted many privileges that they had previously lacked. What they had failed to notice was that they were given a bag of bad fish in exchange for their fishing rod. The ‘Daddy’ State currently employs over 5.5 million people, with an average of five working hours per day per employee. These employees, who really make everybody’s life miserable whenever we need to get a document, just got a raise for the average of…

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