Illiberal Democracy “Acta est fabula, plaudite.” These, according to the Roman historian Suetonius, were the last words of Augustus Caesar: “The play is over, applaud as I exit”. Augustus, of … Continue reading An American Autocracy?
In the waning months of 2016, a row erupted in Thailand’s always combustible online scene. Strangely enough, the source of controversy was a music video, produced by the Tourism Authority … Continue reading Towards Thailand 4.0
Happy new year! Entering 2017, I think that it’s worth taking some time to write about the direction I want to be heading with this blog, along with using this occasional opportunity to write about something other than politics. Continue reading “This Blog in 2017”
It’s been a long year! This will be the 34th (and final) post that I publish this year. At the beginning of 2016, I began by writing about reconciliation in … Continue reading World Disorder
The Big Chilli, an English language magazine for expatriates in Bangkok, has recently published my article on their website! IT was a long night on November 8th in the United … Continue reading What Trump’s Triumph Means
“Veni, vidi, vici”, Julius Caesar once said after a successful battle: “I came, I saw, I conquered”. A fitting maxim, perhaps, for the most successful general of the ancient world, … Continue reading Donald Trump, President-Elect
People walking on the streets of Bangkok are dyed in black and white, or pinning black ribbons on their chests and arms. Advertising billboards transform into solemn proclamations of grief. Entertainment, … Continue reading United in Grief