February 11, 2011


Ill keep it short since I think very author on this site has something to say. What happened today in Egypt is monumental. Revolution became a reality and the voices of the masses had a say that changed politics. Egypt's actions will forever be remembered and a triumph against injustice and authoritarian regimes around the world. Hopefully the domino effect continues.


  1. Max is right I will probably have a post up soon on what i think about this outcome. But for now all i can offer is a congratulations in solidarity to the Egyptian people. They proved that politics is not a lost cause, have given hope to the oppressed across the globe, and as max said continued a domino effect not soon to end.

  2. You may want to wait until the dust settles in Egypt to determine if you're cheering on a progressive revolution in Egypt. The history of revolutions in the Middle East may give you cause to not hold your breath. Furthermore, We have no reason to believe that the next regime will be democratic or liberal is my point. All we know is Mubarak is gone but there is no clear line of succession or even plan for political reform. Popular revolutions are a lot like popular music -- about 99% shitty and 1% golden. I'll reserve my judgement until I've seen the face of the new leadership in Egypt. Populism isn't much to hang your hat on.

  3. Anonymous makes a great point. Many of these revolts led by the masses are turned into the militaries chance to stage an unchallenged coup d'etat. We have seen his happen many times in Africa and now in Egypt Mubarek has left the military supreme council in charge of the transition. The question wether or not they will give the power back to the people. In the words of the great Bob Marley time will tell.

  4. I think the desire to be cautious about what may come from this is a legitimate sentiment. In the post i hope to complete soon I will address my views on that point, hopefully i can get this post up soon i've just been really busy. But no matter what comes of the government we should still celebrate what happened. We should celebrate the fact that thousands of people were able to come together to fight for progressive politics. And we should realize that their struggle energized discussion and though across the globe.

  5. I think it's interesting that the domino theory has been appropriated from a Nixon-era slogan into a banner of populist democracies.

    Imo, the above article is a neat alternate perspective on things.

  6. Whoa, that link was pretty powerful. Also to reinterate the point the reason why Egypt should be seen as a cause for celebration regardless of the outcome is that it has continued this revolutionary domino theory through resonance http://linesoffracture.blogspot.com/2011/02/egyptian-resonance-machine.html.

    For example Mubarak steped down yesterday. As of today protesters in Algeria, Tunisia, and Yemen have found the courage to flood the streets even in the face of police beatings:




  7. Wait I coulda sworn I wrote this post maybe I'm tripping out