Arab Spring, or Arab Thermidor?
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  • SteveMG

    Re thermidor: “Today, it’s generally taken to mean the most radical phase of a revolution, after which more normal processes give way.”

    I had always thought that the Thermidorian reaction in France signalled the END of the more radical phase and wasn’t a part of that period. The denouement, if you will, of the terror period.

    Harsh measures, to be sure, that ended a harsher period.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    It would be shocking if the backward Egyptian culture could evolve into an advanced western culture, with Capitalism, Democracy, and the Rule of Law, all in one step, and without taking any of the steps in between. That a step the French took Thermidor should occur in Egypt as well seems very reasonable to me.

    “Cultures Evolve at Glacial Speeds” Jacksonian Libertarian

    “Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.” Edmund Burke

  • Peter Mellgard

    @SteveMG, thanks for the heads up, it was an editing error. The intern responsible has been…dealt with.

  • It would be shocking if the backward Egyptian culture could evolve into an advanced western culture, with Capitalism, Democracy, and the Rule of Law, all in one step, and without taking any of the steps in between.

    The list below are countries which have a lower standard of living than Egypt (manifested in per capita income assessed at purchasing-power-parity as reported in the CIA World Factbook). The political order of all of them has been characterized by an absence of generalized insurgency and the presence of competitive electoral politics for periods of time ranging from 20 years to 60-odd years. As for the rule of law, Arab and Near Eastern countries tend to have fairly low homicide rates. Turkey and Iraq have been the notable exception in recent years.

    Kiribati
    Bhutan
    Samoa
    Jordan
    Paraguay
    Morocco
    Guatemala
    Nauru
    Vanuatu
    Bolivia
    Mongolia
    Honduras
    Philippines
    Cape Verde
    India
    Tuvalu
    Moldova
    Solomon Islands
    Nicaragua
    Ghana
    Papua New Guinea
    Marshall Islands
    Yemen
    Micronesia, Federated States of
    Sao Tome and Principe
    Senegal
    Kenya
    Zambia
    Benin
    Lesotho
    Malawi

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