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African Unrest

Recorded on January 31, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

Unrest in North Africa, first in Tunisia and now in Egypt, puts the spotlight not only on harsh and undemocratic regimes, but also what happens when societies depend on government more than private sector economies.

Neither of these countries does well on the international Index of Economic Freedom, being rated as mostly unfree economically. They also typify the Muslim and Arab countries that have huge populations of twenty-somethings with enormous unemployment, often in the 30 percent range. That not only creates unrest against the government, but also forms a fertile breeding ground for Islamist fanatics who recruit terrorists from among those who feel hopeless.

America needs to promote and set an example not only of political freedom, but also of the economic freedom that enables people to get ahead in life, for themselves and their families.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook