In a good overview of the Egyptian uprising Roula Khalaf writes in today’s Financial Times: “Across the region, leaders are finding out that economic liberalisation in political systems that lack accountability cannot protect against popular upheaval.”This could be so easily re-written for the West to read: “Across the region, leaders are finding out that political systems that lack accountability in their economic liberalisation cannot protect against popular upheaval.” I think this is what Cameron and his crew do not understand that somehow the old jingoistic “my country right or wrong” does not fulfil today’s communities aspirations. It will not be enough Mr Cameron to seek “muscular liberalism”. The Emperor has no clothes.
February 6th update
It’s interesting to see that shortly after I published this message Alain de Botton tweeted the following:
RT @alaindebotton Liberal democracies have consensus views every bit as tyrannical, ..as those of old Communist states. >>well said Alain
(This is captured from my retweet – which when you go back to AdeB’s tweetstream has been deleted! Ooooh! Has he gone off the concept?)
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