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Jakarta Post

Liberalism is alive in the Arab world, for now

  • Endy M. Bayuni

Washington, DC   /   Sat, February 26 2011   /  01:16 pm

Liberalism may not have created modernity, but liberalism is the answer for which modernity is the question
ā€” Alan Wolfe in the Future of Liberalism
One common theme in the uprisings that is rapidly changing the Middle East/North Africa map is the desire of the people to have freedom, justice, democracy, governance and prosperity. These are values academicians normally associate with classical liberalism. Although conventional thinking makes the ā€œLā€ word anathema to the Islam world, the message coming from these revolutions is that this is exactly what they want.Those taking to the streets or occupying the public squares in the major cities are telling their despot leaders that they can take it no more after decades of leading suppressed lives. They want a change, and for most, this means that the dictators and their regime must go before any meaningful transforma...