Egypt and the Global Crisis of Legitimacy

I’ve been having trouble wrapping my head around the implications of what’s already taken place in Egypt, and clearly there’s still a lot more on tap. The U.S. and Europe are now calling for an orderly transition to begin immediately, and while that makes for sound policy, the sheer impossibility of that demand underscores what I think is the most alarming dynamic here: a crisis of legitimacy, on three levels. The first level is clearly within Egypt itself, because while it’s easy to say that President Hosni Mubarak must go, there’s no objective standard for determining the legitimacy of what […]

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