Analysis of Egypt’s election – Mohammed Morsi won, but is not in charge

They sent customary congratulations from round the world – the Iranians and the Emiratis, the US, the British and Hamas.

Even Israel said it “respected the outcome”. William Hague, the foreign secretary, was almost effusive.

“I congratulate the Egyptian people for their commitment to the democratic process,” he said.

The US called on the government to be a “pillar of regional peace”.

It was as if the Muslim Brotherhood were just any other party, Mohammed Morsi just another politician, and Egypt any other democratic country.
It is not, of course. For one thing, nobody really knows now who is in power. Mr Morsi, just about everyone agrees, is not. He is answerable to two men: Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi, the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces and defence minister; and Mohammed Badie, the Murshid or Guide of the Brotherhood, to whom he also owes obedience.

It is easy to see why the liberal activists who started last year’s revolution against Hosni Mubarak feel betrayed….

 

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Aaron Sorkin releases trailer for his new show – The Newsroom

He became a giant of television for creating The West Wing, then the toast of Hollywood for The Social Network…now Aaron Sorkin, is set to launch one of the most eagerly anticipated media events of the season.

The Newsroom, which begins on the cable channel HBO on 24 June.

A trailer has been released online, and set television critics raving. It featured the show’s star, a news anchor called Will McAvoy, played by Jeff Daniels, having an apparent meltdown on a chatshow.

But just in case anyone is thinking that liberal darling Sorkin is going only for the Democratic half of America, the clip contains a shocking revelation. “I’m a registered Republican. I only seem liberal because I believe hurricanes are caused by high barometric pressure, not gay marriage,” McAvoy growls. Not that this has appeased many on the Republican right, where there has been rapid condemnation of McAvoy as an unlikely and unpatriotic televised version of an American conservative.

The Newsroom, like The Social Network, will reveal a secret story behind the world of modern media. But this time Sorkin is setting the drama in the old-tech world of a television news studio.

“It looks set to examine the process of how something is made. That’s what Sorkin is good at,” said Caryn James.

via Guardian

I think I'm a Classical Liberal (and not a Libertarian)

Classical liberalism is the philosophy committed to the ideal of limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, and liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.

Classical liberalism developed in the 19th century in Europe and the United States. Although classical liberalism built on ideas that had already developed by the end of the 18th century, it advocated a specific kind of society, government and public policy as a response to the Industrial Revolution and urbanization. Notable individuals who have contributed to classical liberalism include Jean-Baptiste Say, Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo. It drew on the economics of Adam Smith and on a belief in natural law, utilitarianism, and progress.

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Not to be confused with Libertariansim, which varies by definition, but generally is a modern thought. Not me, I like the old school social theory from the eve of the Industrial Revolution. Simple things like the rule of law, freedom of religion, a constitution…appeal to me.

Weird how it’s the classical nature of the thinking that strikes me because I live in country that practices Social Liberalism. Which is nearly the same thing but includes the element of social justice, “in that it believes the legitimate role of the state includes addressing economic and social issues such as unemployment, health care, and education while simultaneously expanding civil rights.”

Not sure where I fall on that. At times the state does need to step in and force things, but overall I would prefer the community handle things by itself.

Which means, yep, I’m a classical liberal!

I think I’m a Classical Liberal (and not a Libertarian)

Classical liberalism is the philosophy committed to the ideal of limited government, constitutionalism, rule of law, due process, and liberty of individuals including freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, and free markets.

Classical liberalism developed in the 19th century in Europe and the United States. Although classical liberalism built on ideas that had already developed by the end of the 18th century, it advocated a specific kind of society, government and public policy as a response to the Industrial Revolution and urbanization. Notable individuals who have contributed to classical liberalism include Jean-Baptiste Say, Thomas Malthus and David Ricardo. It drew on the economics of Adam Smith and on a belief in natural law, utilitarianism, and progress.

via Wikipedia

Not to be confused with Libertariansim, which varies by definition, but generally is a modern thought. Not me, I like the old school social theory from the eve of the Industrial Revolution. Simple things like the rule of law, freedom of religion, a constitution…appeal to me.

Weird how it’s the classical nature of the thinking that strikes me because I live in country that practices Social Liberalism. Which is nearly the same thing but includes the element of social justice, “in that it believes the legitimate role of the state includes addressing economic and social issues such as unemployment, health care, and education while simultaneously expanding civil rights.”

Not sure where I fall on that. At times the state does need to step in and force things, but overall I would prefer the community handle things by itself.

Which means, yep, I’m a classical liberal!