I'll be back on January 2 2012.
Until then, contemplate this interesting, funny, and sad perspective on freedom and democracy:
I'm not, btw, saying that Egyptian democracy is perfect, but I am definitely saying that "our democracy" is imperfect enough to recommend that we leave others to find their own path -- something we've often failed to do, with poor results. Here's the Dilbert version:
See you in 2012!