All the world over, from Tunisia, Egypt, and Algeria, to Nigeria, Bahrain, and Libya  (and possibly soon Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Iraq), massive protests are sweeping away old oppressive regimes. The question arises, “But what do the victors expect to gain, except to replace their old brutal masters with yet more brutal masters?” Sadly, most of the people in the streets cry not for individual autonomy, but for democracy—the enslavement of all to all, and ultimately, to an oligarchy that claims to represent “the people”.

How is that going to work out? Well, let’s just take a look at Iraq. In 2003, American President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq to, ostensibly, bring peace and freedom to the Iraqi people, liberate them from a brutal dictator, and instill democracy—or some such hokum.

So, is the new democratic Iraqi regime any more permissive of protestors rights to air their grievences? How do supposedly peace-loving, freedom-loving democracies treat dissenters?

Indistinguishably from non-democratic regimes:

Props to the guy with the black flag! At least someone has the right idea.