There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic as Egyptians go to the polls today, for the second day of their first post-Mubarak election. “Months have gone by without any meaningful change in how the country is governed. The military is not listening,” Google employee-turned-revolutionary Wael Ghonim writes in today’s New York Times. But Ghonim remains optimistic. “Revolution is a process. Its failure and success cannot be measured after only a few months.”
Ghonim thinks momentum is on change’s side for a few reasons:
- A big chunk of Egyptian society “has overcome its fear to speak out.”
- The Internet has broken the state’s power to control the media.
- Egyptians have started to organize for change, forming labor and agricultural unions.
- Egypt is young, with half of its people under the age of 25. They're tech-savvy, fearless, and "have the frame of mind required for the next stage of Egypt’s revolution.”
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