The People’s Alliance for Democracy / Bangkok Middle Class

We have done nothing wrong, We only excercise a legal act of treason against the state.

We have done nothing wrong, We only excercise a legal act of treason against the state.

 The PAD has fortified at the Government House compound, and demanded the end to the People Power Party rule. The PAD’s argument is that Thai politics is narrowly involved with the politicians only. Once they get elected, the public has no way to get involved or get their voices heard. The politicians go their own way to enjoy, while the whole country suffers. New politics will create more people participation.

Their tactics might violate the law and raise our eye-brows, but their aim is for better politics. The frustration against politics as we know it has been going on for fears, only waiting for the right time to explode. Whenever we have changes from the politics as we know it, the old politicians come back again after the election to run the public office to reinforce the vicious cycle.We have done nothing wrong, We only exercise a legal act of treason against the state.

The PAD has lost its popular appeal after it has taken over the Government House. Most people are disturbed by its violation of the law.

Let’s take a look at the American Revolution. This is from Wikipedia:

“The Boston Tea Party was an act of direct action protest by the American colonists against the British Government in which they destroyed many crates of tea belonging to the British East India Company on ships in Boston Harbor. The incident, which took place on Thursday, December 16, 1773, has been seen as helping to spark the American Revolution and remains to this day one of the most iconic events in American history.”Immigrants supporting the British Crown looked upon the Boston Tea Party as an act of treason or a violation of the rule of law, whereas those who supported independence cherished it as a heroic act. If George Washington had lost the war, he would have been executed on treason. Since he won the war against the British Crown, he was hero.
In the political history of Thailand, the Bangkok middle-class–not the rural poor–have always played the prominent role in fighting against the military regimes and the bad politicians for the advancement of the democratic process.
History is judged by the winner who writes history. If the PAD is quashed, history will look upon the PAD as ugly violators of the law or fake democratic fighters. But if the PAD prevails over the politics as we know it, the takeover of the Government House will be looked upon as one of the “iconic events in Thai history.”
The PAD protesters are made up with a strange group of people, namely the Bangkok middle-class, the NGOs, the labour movements, the political activists, the academics, the doctors, the well-educated Thais with master degrees or PhDs. They do not necessary follow the PAD’s leaders; but they are fed up with politics as we know it and are afraid that Thaksin might come back.
Without the Bangkok middle-class, Thai democracy would not have come this far.

There is a famous Thai political theory, called Two-City Theory. The rural voters–due to their majority votes–may vote in the government, but it is the urban voters who bring down the government.


Reference :
The Tyranny of the Minority vs the Tyranny of the Majority

Posted by: Thanong Khanthong , The Nation, October 8 , 2008

Analysis: The Tyranny of the Minority vs The Tyranny of the Majority


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