Saturday, January 29, 2011

Walk like an Egyptian ...

America’s original revolution was open-source software. It’s designed to be copied.

Whether we like it or not, the planet has hacked our code.

Frustrated college students going wild in the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen is one result.

My sympathies are always with the people in the streets, not the thugs in funny hats in their palaces. American power doesn’t always agree. In the real world, democracy is risky. It’s the devil you don’t know. One man, one vote, one time may result. Broken alliances, random wars, nationalized companies, etc. So, we back the men in funny hats. Dictators. Strong men. Sumbitches.

The track record stinks. (See Shah of Iran.)

As dangerous as it is, we need to back the people.

We're the source of the virus.