Tag Archives: Religion

Arab Democracy Will Take Time: That Should Not Surprise Us

The following is the first in a series of articles on democracy.

Many western observers of the Arab Spring are surprised that democracy has not taken hold in internet or social media time. It appears that they have forgotten just how long it took to establish democracy in the west. Perhaps it is necessary to explain, that despite our hopes and expectations, the Arab world cannot achieve a Renaissance, a Reformation and democracy at warp speed. That very same transformation took Europeans several hundred years.

To better understand the nature and consequences of the Arab Spring and other events in the Middle East we need to develop a better understanding of the history of democracy in the region and how it compares to what happened in Europe. Continue reading

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The Slow Death Of The Republican Party

The Republican Party finds itself in the same position as the average corporation—they have to learn to manage change. However, their problem is while in corporations real change requires the acceptance of facts and logics, the politics of the Republican right is a religion.

In trying to appeal to their white and generally ageing base, the Republican Party seemingly did its best to alienate every other demographic in America.

The anti-immigrant rallying cry was intended to reassure the base that the Party would do its best to ensure that the country remained as white as possible for as long as possible.

Latinos responded by giving Obama 71% of their vote in the Presidential Elections.

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