2 thoughts on “Tunisia’s sick economy”

  1. The demise of Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution is explained by a fundamental truth often overlooked in stable, rich democracies: Human beings have a hierarchy of needs — first security, then economic opportunity, with democracy and human rights a distant third. While many outside Tunisia cheered its free and fair elections, Tunisians were saddled with successive governments that failed to meet their basic needs.

    In the eyes of democratic governments, Kais Saied has been an unmitigated disaster, but he understands the priorities of most Tunisians. Little wonder he is more popular than the more democratic leaders who preceded him. And little wonder, as well, that most Tunisians would gladly trade Saied for Ben Ali under whose tyranny, they felt safe and could afford to buy bread.

    (Opinions expressed here are my own and do not represent those of the U.S. government)

  2. The Tunisian economy is sick because our older leaders, after taking the revolution from the youth, are dealing with today’s economic and political issues with the 1970s/80s mindset. That’s why things are chaotic and aren’t going well.

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