- From: David H Singanas <davidholiman@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 05:04:00 -0700 (PDT)
On Jul 6, 7:42 pm, "Peter Jason" <p...@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
"William Black" <william.bl...@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in
David H Singanas wrote:
On Jul 5, 5:14 am, William Black
Peter Jason wrote:
I heard on the news today that the population of Cairo
reaching unmanageable levels. The vast swell of
increasing by about 1million per year, and that the
of slums is quite uncontrolled, and these are built
dwellings so close together that cars and trucks
enter the narrow walkways. Clearly a population bomb
about to go off.
Bombay's been growing at that rate for years and is,
when you count the
suburbs, now over four times the population of Cairo.
And it has been growing in much the same way.
A vast and on-going influx of illiterates with low skill
levels who live
What stops Bombay exploding is that India is a democracy
gets to vote, so the huge number of slum dwellers get
commensurate with their numbers.
These vast cities have no system of welfare payments and
very little in
the way of social services. Nobody goes there if
they're a pauper to
sponge off the state.
They go to the cities because that's where the work
Cairo's problems stem not from the size of the city's
population but from
its tyrannical system of government. Look at the
Wikipedia entries for
both cities. Cairo, not a mention of how the place is
Bombay, the city administration has a page of its
Yet still and all Obama and Clinton did right to duck
politics. during their recent visits. Since the US no
longer has the
means to bankroll "peaceful change" overseas, it's best
not to bring
issues requiring dollar solutions.
All they have to do is wait.
All tyrannies carry with them the seeds of their own
The problem is that sometimes what replaces the tyranny is
but I remain convinced that in the end democracy will
Democracy has been 'triumphant' in India for some time.
Yet Ghandi could do nothing with the Muzzies who Jinnah took
off to Pakistan, raise the poverty of most of the people,
remove the caste system and wipe out child labour.
Democracy requires a certain universal education level, and
this really means compulsory education for children, which
in itself is not very democratic.
It remains a puzzle to most of the world why democracy works so
well in the West and why it cannot be successfully exported to the
and Middle East except in the rare instances of India and Japan.
There are so many factors that it is hard to select one main factor
makes democracy the best agent for capital formation. I will have to
place the bet on "orderly and frequent transfers of power" as the
ingredient of material progress. China leads the world when it comes
frequent, orderly changes in leadership. Since the fall of Maoist
the Central Committee in China has been for the most part democratic.
"Violent transfer of power" is the downfall of most nondemocratic
Violence paralyzes commerce, scares off investment, and perpetuates
corruption , tyranny, and stagnation.
The United States can perpetually "bounce back" from economic
due to the frequent and orderly electoral process and of course to an
economically secure majority of inhabitants. Even at the depths of the
Great Depression, 75% of the populace was employed and provided the
safety net for the 25% who were standing in breadlines and soup
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