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[liberationtech] Peter Theil On Arab spring

Shava Nerad shava23 at
Sun Jul 22 23:48:22 PDT 2012

On Mon, Jul 23, 2012 at 1:02 AM, Prashant Singh <pacificleo at>wrote:

> 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

Really, to give a simplistic response, three words:


Food price is a motive.
The internet tools were a means.
The desperation produced was made into an opportunity by those who wanted
to wedge activism out of a passive public for a very long time.

As I said, simplistic.  But it's not too much of a stretch to think of a
revolution as a crime -- certainly the status quo looks at it that way.
 And it would be criminal to look at such things with any less complexity,
ad reductio, so to speak. ;)

But really, people who want to say, "Not this, only that" regarding
historic, human, social events have almost always checked their brains at
the door -- or worse, have assumed that the audience have checked theirs,
and so an agenda can be pushed.  Danger, either way.


> --

Shava Nerad
shava23 at
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