The Airing of Grievances
Friday, November 26, 2004
Shopping For Democracy
If you are as fascinated as I am with the Ukrainian elections and subsequent protests, here are a few blogs to check out:
A Fistful of Euros
Blog de Connard
Le Sabot Post-Moderne
The last one is in the middle of very nice multi-part background piece on the nature of how political power is attained and maintaned in Ukraine, as well as other post-Soviet states. Once I understood how the system normally works there and what is really at stake in these protests, it made the motivation and mobilization of Yushchenko supporters all the more impressive.
It also made me ask myself, "Why the hell didn't we think of this in 2000?" Seriously, is there anything that would rouse Americans out of their homes at all hours of the night, to stand amassed with thousands of their compatriots, pitched against corrupt forces, in what might ultimately be a fruitless effort?
Oh yeah, there is.
(Many thanks to Andrew Sullivan and Instapundit for the links)