July 2, 2013

You Say You Want a Revolution? Stop Protesting

David Rothkopf, Foreign Policy

AP Photo

Few things can be as inspiring -- or misleading -- as the sight of millions of people gathered in protest. From Egypt (again) to Turkey to Brazil, we have recently seen stirring displays of people power, prompting commentators to suggest (again) that we are living in the new 1848 -- an era of discontent in which the world's emergent middle classes are finding their voices.

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