Saturday, July 06, 2013

An Egyptian 12-year-old offers his analysis of Egyptian politics

Is this interview for real?  If so, this kid is remarkably impressive.  I know plenty of adult professionals whose discussions of social and political issues aren't nearly this cogent, informed, and well reasoned.  That's true even if you don't happen to agree with his perspective on the substantive issues, but I must say that I find most of his opinions pretty sophisticated and convincing.

For example, if you want to know what's wrong with the constitution drafted by the Islamist-dominated assembly in 2012 (the constitution suspended after the coup), he gets right to the heart of the matter.  Why might one argue that "the social objectives of the revolution are yet to be achieved"?  Well, watch the video.  —Jeff Weintraub