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Ikhwan: Gut feeling economic policy-making

March 22, 2012

There you have it. This is how the Muslim Brotherhood (the Ikhwan, in Arabic), through its official twitter account, sums up its policy about one of the most contentious issues in our economic policy making:


Our gut feeling is always righteous. Though it may be the beans we ate last night.

Or, to paraphrase:

Nah, we sorta feel we can actually do without aid. Fuck aid, we say! Those cunts are giving us oodles of money just so they can hurt our dignity. We feel we don’t need the wheat! What, you say, people are literally killing each other as they wait for hours on end to get subsidized bread? Fuck poor people! We feel they don’t really need bread either.The ‘dignity’ of the Ikhwan is more important, we feel, than poor people finding bread!


See the gut feeling of an Ikhwangi is better, of course, that economists’ assessment. Or financial reports, or balance sheets. All that is heathen stuff! Economic forecasting models? Humbug!


Prepare for half a decade of rule when the ‘feeling’ of Badie and Aboul Fotouh (I know, he was fired from Ikhwan last year for disobeying, but he never disavowed them or their ideas) will determine whether the Egyptian people will find bread or not.

Lucky their Evian wasn’t included in the aid package. If it were, they’d feel we could do without national dignity.


The Ikhwan: “We Build a Nation. For Ourselves Only.

Fuck the Lot of You.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 22, 2012 10:55 am

    I think they have some deeper thoughts on aid. This might be the account admin’s own beliefs. In both cases leaders are to blame. Let’s wait for their decision regarding the IMF loan, it will tell us a lot.

  2. Sarah permalink
    March 22, 2012 12:23 pm

    How much time does Egypt have before the economy implodes? This is not good. 😦

  3. March 23, 2012 6:55 pm

    Sarah: I was just reading that the Ikhwan decided to put their foot down on an IMF loan we should have taken a year ago (but the SCAF had then stopped the ministry of finance from doing so, deciding that posturing was more important than fixing the economy).
    The article suggested that we have a max of 2 months before shit really hits the fan if we don’t do anything.

    Muhammad: I hope they do. But their economic plan is pretty week and they seem to think it as they go. More importantly though, add the fact that the FJP is clearly high on political power, they’re stopping projects they have no business in or knowledge to, just because they can.

    They are going to sink us down, I tell you.

  4. June 1, 2012 6:52 pm

    You have to keep on top of them financial aid peolpe. Even when you think they have everything right, they’ll manage to screw it up a couple more times.

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