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[liberationtech] Peter Theil On Arab spring

Rohan Dixit rohandixit86 at
Sun Jul 22 22:34:58 PDT 2012

I think this is partially true. In some ways, the decision to use corn as a
biofuel additive in the U.S. may have had more of an impact on the Arab
Spring than Twitter and Facebook.

But these factors all work together so it's impossible to really extricate
them, in my uninformed opinion. Curious what others thoughts are.


On Sun, Jul 22, 2012 at 10:02 PM, Prashant Singh <pacificleo at>wrote:

> Hi Guys
> Recently  at  Fortune Brainstorm Tech in Aspen, CO,  there was a
> debate between Eric Schmidt and Peter Thiel  about Contribution
> of Technology in Our Society . They touched upon many topic but  at one
> point of time during the debate  while discussing role of technology in
> enabling Arab Spiring and other revolution  Thiel said
> "*When you talk about the Arab spring, you can say that it's evidence of
>> Google and Twitter -- -- liberating the world through information.  But,
>> the actual facts on the ground are that food prices rose by 30 to 50
>> percent in the previous year and you basically had people who had become --
>> you had desperate people who had become more hungry than scared, who
>> revolted.*"
> is he being too simplistic ? was there more to the revolution than just
> Food Price ? Would like to know your thoughts . you can see the whole debat
> online at
> thanks
> --
> Prashant
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