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Just found this site:Just like us | The Intention Experiment (external - login to view)
and found this article which I found interesting.


All of us in the West took a ring-side seat to watch in jubilation as Tunisia and Egyptian protesters recently managed the unthinkable: the non-violent overthrow of their countries’ repressive, corrupt political regimes.
As other countries in the Middle East — Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Morocco, Jordan — follow suit, we cheer them on with the tacit thought that it’s about time they all embraced our political and economic values, became open and fair democracies – became, in effect, just like us.
It’s clear that Egyptians as a people want an open and democratic society. According to Time magazine, a majority of Egyptians believe democracy is the most preferable style of government; 90 per cent of Egyptians support freedom of religion, 80 per cent support free speech and 75 per cent are opposed to censorship.
Much of the press about Egypt has focused on its ‘backward,’ ‘corrupt’ and ‘repressive’ regime, which cracked down on political parties, and silenced newspaper criticism or open intellectual forum.

This is only a small part of the article but it makes us think. (external - login to view)
Thanks for that link sparrow, that's very interesting experimentation.
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

Thanks for that link sparrow, that's very interesting experimentation.

Yes they are in many ways. Want a job, a safe community, opportunity to improve their lives, freedom from arbitrary arrest or pogroms.

But we saw the same in Iran in 79 - The Shah fell - The elections were held except one major difference once elected.

It turned out to be as we have seen,

One Man/ Woman

One Vote

One Time.
Bar Sinister
A few years ago it was pointed out that once a nation reaches about 50% in literacy then democratic movements automatically follow. Essentially that is what is happening in the Muslim world, just as it happened in Eastern Europe in the 1990s. However, it is all to easy to think that these movements reflect the principles of democracy espoused in The USA or Canada without realizing that these supposed principles are actually in decline. In fact there is evidence that real democracy in the US and Canada has declined in recent years. However, it is possible that the new social media might have an impact on improving democracy if those who use that media can get past watching videos of cats stealing bras (not that I did not enjoy that video).
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