What Happens If Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood Fails?
Read the whole thing to absorb the magazine’s grim outlook for Egypt’s economy, and then consider an interesting question: What happens if the Islamists fail?Under Nasser, Egypt’s secular nationalists failed: they could neither build a modern economy nor defeat Israel. Over the past 200 years Egypt has tried many ideologies and many methods of government, and none of them have worked. It’s more than likely on the present course that the Islamist path will also fail: wearing long beards, praying five times a day, and generally carrying out the rest of the moral program of the Brotherhood will not produce a strong economy or a strong military.What then? Where would Egypt turn next?In the short term, more radical forms of Islamism will surely be one option, though these also seem unlikely to do the job.It may not be all that long before Egypt (and some other places too) are in uncharted ideological territory: a post-Islamism world, where the program of Islamist revival as a cure for society’s ills will no longer have the mass appeal it enjoys today.This is certainly not something to expect tomorrow or the next day, but ideological fevers do burn themselves out. Enthusiastic young people were once willing to kill and to die for Lenin and Stalin. Now their books mostly moulder on the shelves.[Image courtesy Getty Images]