Dictatorship for Dummies, Tunisia edition
(Washington Post) – The world cheered as it watched Tunisians, who had long suffered under the stultifying weight of dictatorship, rid themselves of their tormentor. When protestors amassed in the Tunisian capital, something incredible happened: The autocracy that President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali had carefully cultivated for 23 years was no longer safe for its autocrat. Like any criminal, Ben Ali fled the scene of the crime, flying to Saudi Arabia for what he hopes will be a new life in exile. (It was better than the alternative.)
- Be repressive, but don’t overdo it.
- Don’t try to be Singapore.
- Give young people passports.
- Let the opposition exist – just don’t let it win.
- Give them newspapers.
- Never negotiate with an angry mob.
- The people actually matter.
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