Plan for “The Arab Spring Manifesto”

Notes:

· Click here to view this plan in Arabic

· Plan for the related (but independent) “Islamic Economics” can be found here

· Sections in bold are completed; the rest are in progress

· I’m currently looking for publishing options; it may mean stopping online publishing at some point

· If you wish to help, leave a comment and I’ll follow up. I need all the help I can get.

 

The Arab Spring Manifesto

 

Part 1: The First Three Minutes

1.1 Establishing Shot

The Spark from Sidibouzid

The Arab Spring as Paradigm Shift

Scope & Purpose of this Work

1.2 Exploring the New Territory

Ideas Uprooted

Movements in Crisis

New Open Questions

Assertions of the Spring

The Arab Spring Acid Test

1.3 Context

Cultural Context

Historical Context

1.4 The Question

The “Nahda Question”

A Primer on Arab Political Thought, 1916-2010

Fall of the “Nokhba”

95 Years Later…

1.5 From Vertigo to Vision

Window of Opportunity

Approach & Intent

Audience

Content Overview

Personal Mission

 

 

Part 2: Foundations

2.1 Meta Principles

Meta Principles

The Static & the Variable

Islam: Role & Relevance

Methodology

2.2 Classical Islam & Classical Liberalism

Common Roots

Common Principles

Common Paradigms

Blocked by Openness

 

 

Part 3: The Manifesto

3.1 Dictated Selections

What is the Size of the Classical Islamic Government?

Small Government Economics

Who Makes the Rules?

Preempting Religious Tyranny

Checking Government Tyranny

Preventing Government Growth by War

Maintaining Public Order is a Dual Responsibility

Liberal Neutrality & Cultural Bias

Morality Without Coercion

The Lure of Entitlements

Liberty of Movement & Borders Policy

3.2 Purely Islamic Models & Paradigms

The Islamic Paradigm of Rights

Criminal Justice in the Islamic Paradigm

Islamic Economics

3.3 Beyond the Magisterium

Socio-Political Structure

Religious Structure

National Structure

International Structure

 

 

Part 4: Problems Disappear

4.1 Of Problems & Platypuses

4.2 Solutions

The Law

The Economy

Tyranny

Corruption

Free Speech

Natural Resources

Public Infrastructure

Congestion

Pollution

Education

Health Care

Youth & the Human Resource

Women

Food & Water Security

Population

Social Justice

Immigration

Consumerism

Poverty

Crime & Civil Security

Religion

Morality

Politics & Partisanship

Citizenship

Sectarianism & Civil Strife

Union

National Security

Foreign Relations

Palestine

Terrorism

Pakistan

4.3 The Respectability of “Radical” Change

 

 

Part 5: For A Successful Spring

5.1 A Reality Audit: Are We Ready?

Essential Intellectual Assets

Chronic Intellectual Problems

What Will It Take?

The Spring in the World

5.2 Enemies of the Spring

Tactical

Internal

Conceptual

Eventual

Perpetual

5.3 Priorities of the Spring

Solutions: From the Interim to the Final

Declaration of Rights

Constitution

Roadmap

The Hundred Days

 

 

Part 6: Notes & Open Questions

Summation

Serendipity

Platypuses

Epilogue