Saturday, December 22, 2007

OIL and DEMOCRACY

Hmmm....  Let's think about the areas around the world that have presented the greatest challenges to a democratic world order in recent months . . .

My list would include Iran, Russia, and Venezuela.

What do they have in common?  All collect oil/gas revenues that pad economic growth even while repressing the innovation and citizen activism that underpin most dynamic and successful societies.

OIL and TERRORISM

The same trends apply to many Middle Eastern societies that are hotbeds for terrorism.  The resultant (1) lack of a strong civil society and of (2) a moderate middle class precludes those societies from presenting an organized response to disruptive, extremist elements.

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