Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Explanation of Everything

The human race simply can’t create jobs and wealth as fast as it adds new human beings. This explains everything. We see violent protests in Tunisia and Egypt and Libya and we’re told it’s all about democracy. It’s absolutely not. We also saw protests (admittedly less violent) in England and France and Greece and, recently, in Madison Wisconsin— and the last time I checked these places were all run by democratically elected governments. And even as I write this blog, the citizens of Iraq are staging a “Day of Rage.” I thought the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld installation of democracy in Baghdad (remember all those purple fingers?) was supposed to make everybody in Iraq happy. Evidently I was misinformed.

People lash out at governments for three reasons— unemployment, corruption, and lack of services or government provided services which don’t meet expectations. If people have jobs (or individual wealth from national oil revenues), and if the government is somewhat honest and provides basic services, citizens could care less about who runs the show. King, Monarch. Emperor, or just some guy who got the most votes— it makes no difference to people who governs them if they don’t feel cheated or deprived. At least that’s my opinion.

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