It is important to develop a list of clear policy alternatives to the neoliberal tyranny being imposed on Egypt, and elsewhere. We need to address the issues used by neoliberals as the rationale for their program.
All debts accrued by the former regime should be cancelled.
All contracts with foreign energy companies should be renegotiated in the interests of the population.
All Public-Private-Partnerships should be suspended until they can be reviewed and evaluated for their impact on the society.
All future privatizations of State utilities and companies should be subject to a similar review process before they are approved.
Foreign investment must be regulated to protect local businesses and workers, and limiting the freedom to withdraw invested capital unilaterally.
Food and fuel subsidies should be re-instated.
VAT tax reform should be suspended.
The army’s economic interests should be nationalized.
There should be complete transparency in the State budget, and in all dealings between the government and the private sector.
There should be progressive income tax, etc , etc.
What these kinds of policies are, and why they are important, should be explained, and understanding should be spread. We have to build grassroots awareness about the real dynamics of power, and the domination of multinationals and foreign investors. That the global elite and the local elite have collaborated in the enslavement of Egypt for the sake of their own private interests.
No political program, no Islamic agenda, can even begin to achieve its aims when there is neither political independence nor economic sovereignty in the country.
Now, obviously, this type of planning and organizing will not alone be sufficient. Power will not concede to any demand just because it is reasonable and good for the population, nor because many people ask for it. Any demand must be, essentially, an ultimatum that includes consequences if it is refused.
There is no doubt that radical action is necessary to impose accountability on power. Tactics should be diverse and determined according to the target of the action, and the objective sought by it. Power will ignore you, unless it cannot afford to ignore you.