As for how states can influence the society’s life, they can fill the market with vegetables, servants or cement bags. The state, with its apparatuses and decisions, has enormous potential that can push citizens in any direction it sees appropriate. It can push them toward nanotechnology enabling five million students to build a scientific society like South Korea and Finland. It can push girls toward sharing the same opportunities and future of children or it can let them sit in the rear seat of the car hoping they will accept a life outside farms and offices.
Government officials like to blame the impasse on many issues in our country to social resistance, but, as al-Rashed correctly notes, many of the problems we are facing today are the result of choices our government has made.