The Egyptian non-revolution continues to push liberals to the margins even as the Army and the Islamists renegotiate the boundaries between them.The latest demonstration of liberal impotence: the Egyptian government, despite strong pressure from Washington and other donors, insists on its right to supervise and watch over NGOs that receive funds from abroad. Overwhelmingly these are liberal groups; without funding from Europe and America there would be little money or technical support for the relative handful of Egyptian liberals seeking to build something like a western human rights movement in the land of the Nile.There is no way the liberals can win this fight. Having the fight at all publicizes the extent of their abject dependence on foreign funds. That makes them suspect to many average Egyptians. The right to be bribed by foreigners is not one that many Egyptians set much store by; to defend your organization’s right to receive foreign funds is to admit that you can’t survive on local support.Game, set and match, really.Some face saving way will likely be found for some designated groups to get foreign money even as the Egyptian authorities take credit for defending national sovereignty. But make no mistake: the marginalization of Egyptian liberals continues.The military doesn’t want to throw them all the way under the bus. The army likes to play the Copts against the Islamists, the liberals against the Muslim Brotherhood. If the liberals disappear completely, the army loses its ability to triangulate and to look like wise rulers who take the views of all parties into account.But the raids on NGO groups are a reminder: the core institutions and power structures that were there in the old Egypt haven’t gone away. And they can tweet all they want in Tahrir Square, but the liberals for now have absolutely no way of changing that.