Thai army detains ex-PM Yingluck

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Thailand’s former PM Yingluck Shinawatra and some members of her family are detained, as the nation’s coup leaders tighten their grip.

Eli Levine‘s insight:

While the world complains about the “theft” of democracy in Thailand, they fail to recognize that this is a common pattern in societies who do not have a democratic pedigree.  The public has a limited say in who gets to run for office, and the military arbitrates the dispute, acting as a kind of referee when the government fails to recognize the complex needs of the people and respond in an appropriately nuanced and benevolent manner.

Yingluck Shinawatra should have seen this coming as she persistently dug herself into a trench relative to parts of the population.  She could have tried rooting the corruption out of the government according to the needs of the protestors and not tried to bring her brother back from exile.  A more interesting question would have been how is it that corruption springs up so readily in these societies and not necessarily in others.  Answering that may help solve the problem with people preying on others when in government, to protect them from the possible wrath of the public.

But anyway, I think this move by the military, in the context of Thai society, helps to prevent some of the worst chaos that might have erupted.  The Shinawatras may have been officially populists, which appealed to the public in the majority rural areas.  However, they have to govern according to the whole public and bear in mind how to play politics with the urban and rural societies alike.  That failing to play to the middle ground between the demands of the rural population and the demands of the more chaotic and temperamental urban populations is possibly what cost the Shinawatras their jobs and positions in society.  I think it’s likely that Yingluck will join her brother in exile, if the military is going to handle the situation intelligently, and have new elections soon to get a (hopefully) more solid government in place in Thailand.  The King of Thailand could also help by talking to the people and helping to act as a unifying institution within the country (a very tough line to talk, but, most likely, a necessary one in terms of preserving the legitimacy, authority and stability of the Thai government and the whole of the Thai society in general.

I don’t know why the West insists that everyone has to be like the West when they are so clearly not going to organize according to our principles and logic, even if the “Liberals” do take over control of the country.  It alienates us relative to the whole of these populations, entrenches the worst elements of their societies by our standards through popular support, and opens up the possibility for other powers to swoop in and take over influence and ally status with these societies.

We, the United States and Western Europe, are a ridiculous society and a ridiculous sub-set of our species in general.

Think about it.

See on www.bbc.com

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