• In Thailand, Will of the People Demanding Will of the People Be Ignored

    Looks like Thai people hate democracy almost as much as they hate it when I ask them to deliver green curry chicken to my apartment at around 10:54 three times a week…

    Do not be fooled by the fact that the group occupying the airport call themselves the "People's Alliance for Democracy." Their intent is clearly anti-democratic. They have just brought down an elected government. Their broader demands are for Thailand's directly-elected parliament to be replaced by a legislative body that is 70% appointed. Sondhi Limthongkul, a Thai tycoon (Thaicoon?), who is the group's de facto leader says bluntly that — "Representative democracy is not suitable for Thailand."

    The middle-class backers of the PAD hate the fact that under universal suffrage, the votes of the rural poor in the north of Thailand are usually decisive. They see this as a formula for corruption and pork-barrel politics. Hence, their desire to roll back democracy.

    You know, it may seem wrong to you, but you really do need to look at the bigger picture.

    That's what time I get hungry. And they don't specify on their take out menu what time they stop delivering.

    (via Andrew Sullivan)


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