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The Economics of the Arab Spring

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Niall Ferguson, Harvard professor and Newsweek columnist, asks whether an economic plunge will ruin the Arab Spring.

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Comments [5]

DL from BK

I actually like his writing and thinking on history and economics, but in regards to revolutions... what.. a... hack. Let me open my bag of scary stuff and piece it together in the scariest way imaginable. Honestly his perspective could fit on Glenn Beck's show. A man who loves empire as much as he does will be frightened by anything other than the strongest military exercising its might to the fullest on anyone not being compliant.

Jun. 07 2011 02:50 PM
henry from somerset

What Ferguson said on this subject strikes me as dead on. I wish it wasn't.

Jun. 07 2011 11:30 AM
RJ from Prospect Hts

I think this discussion is based on a false premise. It is built on the idea that the "Arab Spring" occurred as a result of immediate circumstances--employment levels, poverty, food shortages. It ignores the multiyear collaboration among youth across a number of countries, notably discussed in the NYTimes; see the following link:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/14/world/middleeast/14egypt-tunisia-protests.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=tunisian-egyptian&st=cse

Jun. 07 2011 11:24 AM
Richard Johnston from Manhattan upper west side

Let's start a log of Ferguson's useless Britishisms.

1. "... as it were ..."
2. "... what tends to happen ...."
3. "... what emerged is ...."
4. "... what we need is ...."
5. "... in the runup ...."
6. "... what's fascinating is ...."

This is fun.

Jun. 07 2011 11:14 AM
Jacob from Brooklyn

What does this neo-imperialist crank know about the Middle East?

"Niall Ferguson and the brain-dead American right"

http://mobile.salon.com/politics/war_room/2011/05/24/lind_niall_fergsuon/index.html

Jun. 07 2011 11:11 AM

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