My piece for Thai Enquirer today:

It is unfortunate, from this tale of Taiwanese democracy, that Thailand is still stuck where Taiwan was in the mid-20th century: seen by elites as unready for democracy, needing the “tutelage” of supposedly benevolent military dictatorship. Palang Pracharath, also armed with the temporary provisions of a constitution that will allow it to remain in power for the foreseeable future, sees itself as responsible for leading Thailand through this period of guided democracy. 

And this state of affairs is even more remarkable considering that Thailand supposedly transitioned from absolute monarchy almost ninety years ago! 

But if the powers that be read this and think Chiang Kai-shek is a good example to follow, a better role model to follow may be his son, Chiang Ching-kuo.

Click here for the full piece.

(Cover image credits.)

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