Machiavellian Maneuvers Of The Latter Day Pharaoh

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Machiavellian Maneuvers Of The Latter-Day PharaohHosni Mubarak, the 4th president of the Arab Republic of Egypt and an American-backed militarist dictator who has ruled for more than twenty-nine years, is a Machiavellian figure who has used force of the state and the army to repress his people and solidify his hold on power. And in as much as he has built up and relied upon the 'fortress' of the security-state-in-a-perpetual-state-of-emergency for maintaining his rule, rather than earning the goodwill of his people, he has erred fatally, and, I will argue, is reaping what he has sown, if the current youth revolution is anything to go by.Throughout his career, Mubarak has essentially followed a steady is best, change-averse and ...view middle of the document...

But he has misruled. Corruption, economic stagnation, poverty, and unemployment have plagued the country, and his routine sacrifices of national interest for personal and familial gain via corrupt arms and privatization deals have inflamed the population. His reflexive support of American-Israeli interests alienated the population who see him as betraying the Palestinian and Pan-Arabic cause.He is a rather Machiavellian character as can be gleaned from his trust in good arms, and use of them to create 'good' laws to establish his rule, but his condescending and paternal distrust of his people, and his repression of their democratic aspirations through coercion by secret police, suspension of the constitution, and outright banditry and intimidation, combined with his fiscal incompetence have led him to a position where the only choices are between two evils. To give in to the demands of the protesters and resign, thus leading to instability and creating an opportunity for the machinations of the Muslim Brotherhood, or to resign later, facilitating the transition to an apparently less oppressive, more constitutionally legitimate and people-powered regime, but essentially perpetuating the same policies and institutions but at the great personal cost of becoming the scapegoat or sacrificial lamb for keeping alive the regime he helped create.In choosing the lesser of two evils, he has followed Machiavellian doctrine, but had he heeded its emphasis on the importance of keeping the people sated more diligently, he would have been the head of state till his last breath.

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