Join Date: 08.03.2005
Islamist vs. Secularists: The Post-Revolution Struggle for the Arab Soul
The rise of political Islam following the Arab Spring has many worried that the democratic achievements of the revolution could be lost. In Egypt and Tunisia alike, citizens are once again taking to the streets. But this time they are opposing Islamism. Does secularism still stand a chance?
Join Date: 02.02.2012
Democracy comes through development!
The problem in Egypt and other developing countries are that only a (substantial) minority in the cities are mature and ready for our form of democracy while the vast majority of the population are vulnerable to non democratic manipulation by tribal or fundamentalist interests.
When democracy evolved in Europe it went through several stages. First it was the landowners (men) who got a vote, then it was all rich men, then it was all men without debt, then it was all men and finally about 100 years ago also the women got the vote.
By understanding that democracy is an evolving process, it is possible to establish a transitional democratic system, a system that caters to the actual needs of developing countries. A system that gradually will evolve as the population matures.
By giving everybody one vote and supplementing this with extra votes for those with a basic education, extra votes for higher education, extra votes for persons having societal responsibilities and extra votes for persons that pay the double of average tax (every time you double up your payment you get an extra vote!) it will be possible to establish stable democratic institutions in countries that are not quite ready for our form of democracy.
As more and more people get educated and prosper, the number of votes will grow and eventually the system will be mature for a restructuring into a one vote per person democracy as we know it.