4:20 p.m. July 3, 2013

A scribble

Same problem everywhere: no politics leads to pointless failed revolutions every time. The color revolutions I saw always turned into neoliberal hell, because the only politics that they rest of the crowd was for was technocratic: rule-of-law, anti-corruption, less voter fraud.

This is a good piece: "Egypt, Brazil, Turkey: without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elites"

Back channel chatter

  1. Yeah, I agree. I was listening to some DemocracyNow dispatches from Egypt and I noticed that no one really brings up economic issues or talks about economic power. There's a lot of talk about who wields political power...the street vs the military...and the desire for people to have democracy...that's all the want is democracy. But democracy is nuanced and very delicate thing. Democracy's also a slut for concentrated economic power. It just can't resist it.

  2. Military coups are to be watched with concern, for sure, but I can't get outraged by this one. We'll see how it plays out. 100pc agree about no politics leading to failure.