What’s refreshing about the story behind the revolt in Tunisa is it has nothing to do with ideology or religion. It is simply the boiling over of the passions of ordinary persons tired of the state’s petty interferences in their daily lives. A street merchant, perhaps someone in the desperate situation of needing to feed his family, can’t set-up a market stall to sell fruit because he hadn’t paid off the powers-that-be for the needed permit. In his desperation he immolates himself, and his example sparks a rebellion of the middle class against the state and its crony capitalism, bringing down a once seemingly all-powerful leader.
Sadly, if the violence and demonstrations continue, Tunisians might well get a military dictatorship (which might or might not be an improvement over the current ruling clique that masquerades as a “republic”). But the revolt as a whole is a good example for organizations like the Free State Project in their struggles for liberty in the state of New Hampshire. It’s encouraging to see there are people the world over who feel they get nickled-and-dimed daily from fines to fees to the proverbial “cost of doing business”, by those in power, without much to show for it. These same poor souls are ready to vent and offer support to those who will stand with them, will stand against the powers-that-be at any level of government which doesn’t serve their common interests.