The French revolution lasted over ten years because a series of historical processes and contradictions simply took that long to resolve themselves into a new order that was capable of enduring beyond the short term. It is hard to discern any sustainable equilibrium in Egyptian politics at the moment. Not, at least, with any real degree of confidence.
A collection of essays from the Middle East Report, The Journey to Tahrir charts the advent of trade union strikes in the past decade, the acceleration of Mubarak's neoliberal policies, and the flourishing of dissent after the Iraq War.
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