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Saturday, August 01, 2020

Rethinking the Failure of the Arab Spring

My next law review article is going to be on Franklin D. Roosevelt's Constitution Day Address of 1937. More posts to come on that, as I'm starting to make some new discoveries about that speech.

One theme of FDR's Address was how political events overseas can influence our democracy. There are many examples, but one that deserves more attention is the failure of the Arab Spring. That failure was a tragedy for many countries, but its global significance is probably underestimated.

Many observe that faith in democracy has declined in recent years and that authoritarian regimes have grown bolder. Why is that? There are many possible explanations, but one that seems compelling is that successful counterrevolutions give hope to dictatorships and hurt the morale of democracies. (What occurred in the 1980s and 1990s (especially in Eastern Europe) did the opposite.) The Arab Spring was a successful counterrevolution. Instead of seeing new democracies doing well, we saw them mostly flail around. Instead of seeing dictatorships on their heels, we've seen them look stronger and more successful. This probably does matter for how some Americans look at their own government.



Posted by Gerard Magliocca on August 1, 2020 at 08:24 PM | Permalink


Was the Arab Spring purely about democracy (right to vote) or was it also about republicanism (free speech, freedom from busing, no searches without warrants, exclusionary rule, no excise taxes, no tariffs, drinking and smoking age of 18, abortion, no waiting periods, right to remain silent and counsel, etc.)?

If the Arab Spring was about a bill of rights and not just the right to vote, can we say it (or any non-protestant revolution) was successful?

Posted by: Alexa | Aug 2, 2020 12:56:06 PM

Here, titled:

"Arab Spring Not Over in Morocco"


Posted by: El roam | Aug 1, 2020 8:52:13 PM

Interesting issue. But, the author of the post, presumes, that the Arab spring has failed. Not so fast. We are still in it. Not yet over. Far from it. In Libya, Syria, all around us, it is yet ongoing. Not yet doomed. We simply don't hear about it, or, thinking that it is all over. But, the fight and process is on. In many states by the way, reforms held and been made, out of fear of such overthrown of dictators or alike.

I shall illustrate later....


Posted by: El roam | Aug 1, 2020 8:49:11 PM

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