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Third World Checks and Balances

The recent ouster of unlikeable but duly elected Egyption president Morsi by that country's well-liked army reminded me to draw up my old diagram of the "checks and balances" operating in third world governments.  The "Strongman", also known as a president or dictator depending on the spin desired by the describer, might even be female.  The "Army" might be called security services, militia, or even warlords, again depending on the slant desired.  The "Mob" can also be called "the people", dissidents, troublemakers, or terrorists depending on who's doing the describing.  The "World" mostly means America, sometimes under the fig leaf of NATO or the UN.

I've really been noticing the lack of clear moral principles in either national or international politics.  I can't tell if this due to the world changing, or my ability to notice things changing.

3rd World Checks and Balances

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