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April 16th, 2013 - 1:39 pm

David Goldman:

The half of Egyptians that lives on $2 a day no longer eats beans, let alone milk products.

The price of fava beans, the country’s second-most important food staple, has already risen by 40% this year, to 5,000 Egyptian pounds (US$728) per ton from $3,000 Egyptian pounds in January. Imports of proteins have collapsed.

One-party mismanagement has been replaced by Islamist mismanagement. The latter is the only kind of government even less capable of needed reforms than the former. Soon, there won’t be much effective government outside of Cairo — and not even throughout the entire city.

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This echoes the early days of the French Revolution, where the revolutionaries threw out far too much of the Ancien Regime's government and institutions, and had no idea who should run the new government.

This, of course, ended with Robespierre and the Tree of Reason. And Guillotines.
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Not entirely true. Communist mismanagement trumps both of them.
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" Soon, there won’t be much effective government outside of Cairo — and not even throughout the entire city."
Living in the one-party dysfunction that is California & LA, this one sentance has given me more hope for my city that anything else in the recent past. If it can happen in Cairo, it can happen here.

Thanks Steve!
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