Friday, January 28, 2011
Egypt's economy has been growing nicely in the last decade, but it is a very poor country and MOST of the people survives on free bread supplied by the government. It is something like the Roman system. The participation in the system costs three Egyptian pounds (50 US cents) a month, allowing to buy 20 loaves of flat pittah bread. The subsidization of bread costs the government $3 billion per year. (Pic.: Buying subsidized bread in Cairo).
Rationing food is, in my opinion, an infallible method of population control. I dont recall any successful rebellion or revolution in Ancient Rome or against a Communist regime. I dont think Mubarak's regime will collapse, except if he loses his nerve, like the Tunisian Ali did, and leaves the country.