Now that the people of Egypt have successfully ended the Mubarak regime, I'm wondering if they are available for freelance work.
For example, I am thinking of a nation whose capital is home to over 600,000 people, none of whom are represented by a voting member of their national legislature.
It is a country where about 16 per cent of the population is given control over half the seats in the upper house of that legislature - and can effectively block what a majority of citizens want. (Actually, it's worse than that because a single legislator in that House can block legislation, and not even a majority can insist on a vote.)
It's a country where the right to vote is not even in the national constitution. Its Supreme Court actually said that no one in the country has a constitutional right to vote for its president.
Of course, there are other ways of catapulting democracy. You can invade, as we did in Iraq. But when I consider the price tag for that effort, in both money and human life, the Egyptian plan looks way better.
And the country I'm thinking of is not even a dictatorship. If the Egyptians have 18 days to work their democratic genius, they could probably institute democracy in half that time and grab a week for a well-deserved vacation.
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