Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nothing lasts forever

In December of 2010, a Tunisian street vendor by the name of Tarek al-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi stood in front of the governor’s office in the rural town of Sidi Bouzid, doused himself with gasoline, and set himself on fire to protest the severe economic conditions suffered by himself and much of the local population. Outraged by the events that led to this act, thousands of people staged public protests that quickly spread throughout the region, engulfing not only Tunisia, but nearly the entire Middle East and parts of North Africa. At the time of this writing, some three years later, the governments of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen have been forced from power, with major protests and civil unrest still occurring in Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Algeria, amongst others. It is yet to be seen which of these governments will survive the coming year.
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On War, Part 8

The partnership between a people and their government is not a fiction. The fiction is that a government will honor that partnership devoid of active participation by the people. In absence of active participation, any government will naturally assume it has ultimate authority, and it will eventually degenerate into one of the various authoritarian variants. Democracy, therefore, exists only through the will of the people, and it survives or dies based upon their determination to defend it.
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