I’m reading Fukuyama’s intriguing “The Origins of Political Order” at the moment, which is a little preachy and […]
What is the role of expectation in determining legitimacy? Is legitimacy a relative concept? Tonight Egypt is again in the throws of more demonstrations, while rumours fly about the health of former President Mubarak. Some suggest this is the end of the revolution, much as Ukraine went through a cycle of demonstration against Viktor Yanukovych‘s allegedly rigged victory in 2004, only to return to him after several years of failed ambition in 2010. So Egypt may also revert to its previous state – most likely sans Mubarak, though age waits for no man, and his demise was inevitable anyway. Why does this happen? Is there an unreasonableness to the ambition of crowds?
Great resource from Foreign Policy on failed states, and the extent to which states are ‘failed’. On the […]
Quick post – interesting guardian article. Two-sided freedom is an interesting concept. Isn’t that just freedom? Do we […]
South Africa is a country of almost 50m people, rebuilding itself. It has serious challenges with crime, and […]
Legitimacy is a fabled, ethereal thing. It is not exclusively democratic (monarchs enjoy legitimacy too, as to dictators), […]
The coincidence of the Syrian crisis with the Jubilee Celebrations in the UK for the 50th anniversary of […]