Mursi decree that sparked crisis catches aides off guard

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paintcan wrote:

This man is pulling from the Imperial Roman playbook. They knew power in that system wasn’t earned – it was taken. And they based that ethic on nature and on life. Those who still read the histories of the Republic never quite forgot the true face of the show they had made of politics and the state.

There isn’t a person in government who makes it to any status in life (that most would call successful) that doesn’t do that instinctively.

Couple that with the sense that many of us have, that politics is essentially show time and that the real decision making seems to occur frequently in the wiring of the mainframe and not from the user’s keyboards (the voters) and many of the decisions of the brains of states seem to originate in the wiring and not the input of the consumers or objects of things political. In other words, we live in a very sophisticated and nearly humanoid avatar of the Imperial Roman (or any other nation’s) system.

You could say “the people” built the brains and the brains never stop building them. They have to be very careful what they build or don’t build into the wiring. Both the brains and the people arte getting impatient with or eager to devise new constitutions and, now that they have the power to change them in the ME, it will be difficult to stop the process and settle on one. The constitutions of established democracies will not be adopted in toto because they can’t be. And they won’t ever get to one that “fits just right”. No country ever seems to.

But engineers always have the idea that people work just like things. The nagging doubt in my mind is that maybe now they are right?

Nov 28, 2012 2:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
paintcan wrote:

Excuse me – the 3rd paragraph should have been written –

There is sense that many of us have, that politics is essentially show time and that the real decision making seems to occur frequently in the wiring of the “mainframe”(very distant and hard to follow)and not from the user’s “keyboards” (the voters)and makes the decisions of the brains of states seem to originate in the wiring and not the input of the governed. In other words, we live in a very sophisticated and nearly humanoid avatar of the Roman (or any other nation’s)imperial system. And the question is always whether the government understands the governed.

Nov 28, 2012 11:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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