Monthly Archives: February 2011

Thoughts on Wisconsin

To me, there are two tip-offs that Wisconsin governor Scott Walker’s recent union busting crusade isn’t completely on the level. First is his insistence on blaming collective bargaining rights for his state’s budget mess. Governor Walker says his proposals are … Continue reading

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Shutdown [Updated]

I think a federal government shutdown is now more likely than not: House Republicans told Senate Democrats on Wednesday that they would agree to a temporary spending bill to avert a government shutdown next week only if the measure began … Continue reading

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On Dictators and Awful PR

Joshua Tucker at the Monkey Cage asks a good question: Why do public protests bring down regimes? The key to answer this question, I think, is to understand the basic nature of authoritarian rule. While the news media focus on … Continue reading

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Democracy Promotion After Egypt

In the last few weeks Egypt has transformed from an autocracy to a—well let’s be extra hopeful today and take the military at its word—to a nascent democracy. The U.S. had extrememly little to do with this transformation. There were … Continue reading

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Pharaoh Falls

Hosni Mubarak has resigned, and bloggers everywhere, this one included, have had to decide how to salvage whatever suddenly outdated Egypt post they were halfway though writing. Some have utterly and charmingly failed. I’m going for the impressive retrofit. Daniel … Continue reading

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The Butcher of Tahrir

At Foreign Policy, Scott Horton makes a good point: So why is Mubarak trying to squeeze a few more months out of his three-decade career in office and avowing his intentions to stay in Egypt rather than packing for the … Continue reading

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The Long Arc of the Moral Universe, Bending

Many hundreds of thousands of people, perhaps in the millions, are in and around Tahrir Square in Cairo demanding the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. (NYT live blog here; Guardian live blog here; Live stream of al-Jazeera English, which has been … Continue reading

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