I think a big mistake of popular development theory as espoused by many, is that democracy should come first. The concept of democracy as a prerequisite for stability and economic/social progress is wrong, in my mind. |
Look at the numerous failures of democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, and compare those to the East Asian 'Miracles', as they're sometimes called - which non-democratic regimes helped create.
I'll admit that my comparison is deeply flawed (Africa & E. Asia are too different to sweepingly generalise about like I just did, ignoring all the context etc.), but it does seem to lead to the conclusion that political freedom and increased prosperity are not contingent on neoliberal economic policy + democracy. There's a lot more to it than that.
It would be stupid not to be skeptical of a military intervention, but in Egypt's current case, it might turn out to be a necessary temporary measure to reverse the country's slide towards theocratic authoritarianism.
Edit: or just look at Russia's shining example of what democracy can do for a country. (ALthough Russia's a fairly unique case, and was deeply fucked long before Yeltsin officially handed over the country to the mafia and their ex-KGB cronies)...
Edited by sirtacos at 04:32:10 04-07-2013