Egypt: pick your poison

July 4, 2013

James Madison put it this way:

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.

Ah, “control itself,” that’s the catch! In Egypt now, we have a choice of “military kleptocrats” and “quasi-totalitarian radical Islamists.” Neither sounds like a government that controls itself.

More here, hereherehere, here, here, and here, and esp here.

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