Originally Posted by marcUK™
doesn't look like there is anything spiritual going on in Tunisia today, unless you count guns and death a spiritual experience. Seems like a revolution can only happen with death and pain, as they always have.
Revolution always comes with violence, in the case of Tunisia it is the old president's guard that is formenting the violence. As has been reported lately, it seems like the fleeing president Ali has prepared his followers with money and weapons and instructed them to provoke a civil war before he escaped and is even directing the violence right now from the outside, in order to prepare his return as the saviour of the nation. Currently the tunisian army tries to capture or kill that president's guard, in a few days/weeks they will probably be defeated.
The much bigger question is: Will Tunisia's new government use the opportunity to install a real democracy with press freedom, freedom to assemble, to candidate... or will they go the tried and known route and fall back to the dictatorship?
As to the developed/free world, I don't see any revolutions coming (at least not violent ones through the street), there is no need, freedom is already there to elect different parties or to even found new ones, revolution can happen at the ballot-box, if that doesn't happen, it just means too many people are too comfortable with the status quo.
Besides those wishing for revolution don't have an alternative society/economy-model that could replace the "Adam Smith"-model (with a bit Keynesiamism thrown in) of generating wealth.
Communism hasn't worked, the islamistic sharia-non-interest-model is feared rather than desired, so what should the new paradigma look like?
What should motivate one to leave the bed early and to do hard/dirty work, to study or ... besides money or the expectation of future money?