Thursday, February 10, 2011

Too long a wait till September in Egypt

It's a long tedious wait till Egypt's president Mubarak's planned departure from office in September. Meanwhile the country is turning itself inside out. He should push up his departure, maybe March 2011 instead of making people wait till September.

Hope Egypt goes more democratic and doesn't go some other way that would be more dictatorial or violent.

Free speech doesn't have to cost much, but other economic improvements take a lot of patience. Bringing 80 million people out of poverty sounds like a daunting task. Especially as recent protests in Egypt has slowed the tourism industry. There's plenty to worry about including availability of water in Egypt as other countries down the Nile make claims to scarce water as well.

Making new wealth can be hard, but incomes can also be better distributed. Technology can help in squeezing new wealth out of scarce resources. Freedom of speech and Facebook can be seen as wealth. One can't eat Facebook, however.

1 comment:

Robert said...

Good to hear Mubarak has resigned. Hope things go well from here on out.