Why Egypt’s Arab Spring Boomeranged So Badly

Tahrir Square, Cairo, April 2011

Haaretz – Five years ago, Cairenes poured into the street and brought down Mubabrak, only to find themselves with a new dictator and a sagging economy. What went wrong?

Their conclusion: Cultural conservatism – in the Arabs’ case embedded in a fealty to traditional Islam – is probably the biggest obstacle to economic development. It distrusts democracy and entrepreneurism in equal parts and is what insured that Egypt’s revolution would fail — and will keep the country poor until things change.

Given that even Nobel Peace Prize winner, Arab Spring poster child Tunisia continues to struggle, it’s getting harder to find examples of productive revolution in the new millennium.

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Jay is Editor In Chief of The Agonist, veteran and technologist.

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