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   And then a street vendor in Tunisia sets himself on fire.   It strikes a chord in the people, they gather in forbidden numbers.   The penny ante dictators in one fragile society lose their nerve and flee.   An example has been set, a new possibility emerges into the public consciousness.   Nothing has really changed except where before there was only a blank wall of fatalism and resignation, now there is a road, a possible path to a better future.   People see that road and they take it.

   That is the revolution equation.   When the sum of the people's political expectations exceeds their economic expectations, they are ripe for revolt.   It takes only a spark, a Facebook post or a timely tweet.   It only takes an idea.

   Got one?

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But they only become dangerous when they find a ca... by Allan Goldstein on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 2:31:32 PM
a few of my ideas--or should I say "largely pilfer... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 4:01:49 PM
I read your site. and was pleasantly amazed at its... by Allan Goldstein on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 6:45:04 AM
Finally someone who doesn't just regurgitate media... by Marcello Rollando on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 8:54:08 PM
reasonable, opinion gets short shrift on the blogs... by Allan Goldstein on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 7:17:53 AM
the human race is on the cusp of radical change. L... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jul 10, 2012 at 8:58:57 PM
Anyone looking for the 'big idea' that can blow th... by R. A. Landbeck on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 4:30:17 AM
I shall check out that link very soon!... by Allan Goldstein on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 7:21:22 AM
Your analysis is subtle but has the power to energ... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 8:01:38 AM let's get started!... by Rafe Pilgrim on Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 10:58:06 AM
Yes, hard to disagree with this lucid if steadfast... by Robert S. Becker on Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 1:49:26 PM