I see your million-man march and raise you another million. That's the game the Muslim Brotherhood and opposition parties were playing in Egypt this week.
After President Mohammed Morsi granted himself sweeping new temporary emergency powers, his opponents vowed to send a million protestors to the streets yesterday. Morsi's supporters responded by announcing their own equally massive gathering.
Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed, and a deal was struck between Morsi and Egypt's judges, who had threatened a countrywide strike. But too often, the "winner-takes-all" Mubarak model persists in Egyptian politics. Instead of engaging or working within the system, and compromising, opposition forces protest in Tahrir Square or boycott. While these tactics won a revolution, they will not build a democracy.