Yes, the battle is against authoritarians, even in Egypt

egypt protestby Newtown grafitti

Signs of a Shift Among Egyptian Protesters to Antigovernment, From Pro-Morsi – 

The continuing protests against the military takeover here showed signs on Friday of shifting into a movement against the authoritarian tactics of the new government rather than one demanding the return of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. Multimedia

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Connect With Us on Twitter Follow @nytimesworld for international breaking news and headlines. Twitter List: Reporters and Editors Although the evidence is tentative and anecdotal, any expansion of the protests’ base would be a significant setback for the new government. It has so far enjoyed considerable support for its crackdown on Mr. Morsi’s Islamist supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood, whom it describes as violence-prone extremists.


Authoritarian power, whether by one person or a group, hinders a society’s ability to adapt to the modern world. It creates a society that is not resilient. Switching one authoritarian for another (hich is kind of what Russia has done) will make a brittel society.

Because people want the power dispersed and have the tools to make it happen. Islamists are melding with others to push for a free Egypt, not one run by a different form of authoritarian.

The question, I believe, is how many people will die to make it happen. ANd do using authoritarian approaches against one authoritarian work or not?