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... the a massive majority in a country can agree on toppling the government in place, without having even a plurality available regarding what should be put in its place.

In the Grenadian case, the majority of New Jewel supporters at the time of the putsch led by Bernard Coard were supporters of Bishop and wanted his killers thrown out; those who had supported the New Jewel overthrow of the Gairy regime but wanted a transition to Democracy wanted Coard clique gone as the worst of the New Jewel leader, and of course the old Gairy supporters had been praying to the heavens to be rescued from the New Jewel government for five years. And that was in rough terms a third of the adult population each.

Cobbling some working majority together between the secularist minority, the progressive wing of the Islamic Youth movement, the continuing supporters of the Islamic Brotherhood, those who fell away from the Islamic Brotherhood over incompetence and corruption, and those who never supporters or who fell away from the Islamic Brotherhood for being insufficiently hardline may well prove an impossible task for years to come.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Jul 13th, 2013 at 09:12:07 PM EST

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