Monday, September 01, 2014

Beijing Suppresses Democracy in Hong Kong

According to a report by the "Wall Street Journal", Beijing has declared that in future elections for the chief executive of Hong Kong, its voters must choose only candidates that are approved by a pro-Beijing committee.

Although some Hong Kongers object to this formula for electing the chief executive, most residents of the city support the formula. Indeed, in 1997, they participated in parties cheering the return of Hong Kong to authoritarian Chinese rule.

By contrast, the East Europeans, who eventually created prosperous democracies, never cheered authoritarian rule. These people risked their lives to condemn and fight the authoritarian governments imposed by the Kremlin. The courage of the East Europeans eventually transformed Poland and other Eastern European countries into Western democracies.

The Chinese differ culturally and genetically from the Europeans and will surely continue to suppress democracy. The Chinese have done so for centuries.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Building a New Ukraine

According to a recent report by the "Wall Street Journal", the war in eastern Ukraine has damaged the national economy.

Regardless of the final outcome of this war, its cost in blood and treasure is high. Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers and civilians will have permanent mental and physical scars. The money that Kiev spent on the war will not be available for improving the economic infrastructure.

In order for Ukraine to prosper after the war, the following actions must occur.

The Ukrainian people must vote pro-Western politicians into the Rada, the national parliament, because only it has the political power to set the direction of the country. Unless Kiev implements Western economic and political policies, any aid from the West will be squandered.

Concomitant with this expression of commitment for Westernizing Ukraine, the European Union under the leadership of Berlin must provide financial and humanitarian assistance for Ukraine. That assistance would include (1) immediately building temporary shelters for all the internally displaced people, (2) providing ready-to-eat meals for them, etc. We Westerners must show the awesome power of Western compassion to the Ukrainians -- especially, the pro-Russians Ukrainians.

Tokyo, which is usually a laggard in promoting Westernization, can help to boost the Ukrainian economy by providing financial incentives to Japanese companies to establish factories in eastern Ukraine. As a manufacturing base, it can serve as an alternative to China, in which anti-Japanese sentiment is rife. Further, after Kiev bans all military exports to Russia, the workers who become unemployed can find employment at these new Japanese factories.

The nations of the West must help to bring Ukraine into the Western fold, for we are stronger with her than we are without her.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Dysfunctional Hong Kong

According to a report by the "Wall Street Journal" (WSJ), 163,000 Hong Kongers marched through downtown on 2014 July 1 and demanded democratic governance. They constituted 2.28% of the population. The strength of this protest is much weaker than the strength of the successful protest (attended by 500,000 people, constituting 3.21% of the population) in Prague in 1990 November.

There is an even more notable difference between Hong Kongers and Czechoslovakians. Specifically, for the 10-year period prior to the 1997 handover of Hong Kong to mainland China, the Hong Kongers had plenty of time to clamor for establishing an independent Republic of Hong Kong that would have guaranteed human rights and democracy. Yet, during this 10-year period, no group in Hong Kong ever held demonstrations demanding independence and its accompanying guarantee of civil liberties.

Rather, the Hong Kongers strongly supported Chinese nationalism, and according to a CNN/Time poll on 1997 June 26, more than 60% of the Hong Kongers enthusiastically supported unification. Further, 50% preferred social order over democracy. On the very night of the handover, huge crowds of Hong Kongers enthusiastically participated in Beijing-sponsored celebrations.

Neither the Czechs nor the Slovaks would ever celebrate being ruled by an authoritarian government.

According to a recent report by the WSJ, roughly 100,000 Hong Kongers rallied in downtown on 2014 August 17 to applaud Beijing's suppressing democracy in Hong Kong.

Neither the Czechs nor the Slovaks would ever applaud an authoritarian government's suppressing democracy in their society.

The ugly conclusion is that whereas the Eastern Europeans succeeded at creating democratic societies (in the Czech Republic and Slovakia), the Hong Kongers will fail.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Dysfunctional Thailand

According to a recent report by "The Economist", the army rules Thailand with an iron fist. Why is it a dysfunctional nation while the Czech Republic is a prosperous Western democracy?

On 1989 November 25, when 500,000 Czechoslovakians gathered in Prague to demand the resignation of the authoritarian government and to call for democratization, these brave souls accepted the risk of being killed by the secret police. Their bravery helped them to prevail. The government soon transferred power to pro-democracy politicians, and in June of the following year, the first free elections since 1946 installed a new democratic government.

This courage to face down authoritarianism is absent in Thailand. Though the overwhelming majority of its citizens want to build a Western democracy like Japan, they silently cower in fear while the army controls society with an iron grip.

Building a democracy is risky business, for its costs may include fatalities. The Czechoslovakians were willing to pay that price, and today both the Czech Republic and Slovakia are prosperous democracies. By contrast, the Thais refuse to pay that price, and Thailand remains a land frozen in authoritarianism.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Ugliness of Chinese Values in Thailand

In a beauty pageant on May 17, Weluree Ditsayabut won the privilege to represent Thailand in the international beauty pageant that selects Miss Universe. Ditsayabut has great external beauty but has great internal ugliness. Being indifferent to the struggles of underprivileged people, she requested that the military kill all members of the pro-democracy group known as the "Red Shirts". According to a recent report, she supports imprisoning and killing anyone who criticizes the royal family. This barbaric attitude is widespread among Chinese people and appears increasingly to be exhibited by many Thais.

According to another report, Ditsayabut surrendered the privilege of representing Thailand in the beauty contest for Miss Universe. Does she understand that Chinese values are not appropriate in Thailand?

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Are the Thais Inferior to the Europeans?

According to a recent report by the "Wall Street Journal",

Songsuda Yodmanee, chairwoman of Thailand's American University Alumni Association, in a news conference on Sunday, accused Washington of meddling, warning that it could damage relations between the two countries, which are treaty allies. 'Thailand has never been colonized by anyone, and we will continue to maintain our independence and liberty,' she said.

A Thai badminton club meanwhile earlier this week withdrew from tournaments in the U.S and Australia in protest of the two countries' criticism of the coup, according to a statement on its Facebook page.

In other words, some Thais support the coup. Such support suggests that Asians differ, culturally and genetically, from Europeans.

A key assumption of Western philosophy is that all human beings have an innate desire to live in a free society, which is democratic with the rule of law. The actions of the pro-coup Thais suggest that this assumption is false. It is not true for all people but rather is true for only the people of European ancestry.

How do Europeans respond to an authoritarian government? The incident in Czechoslovakia on 1989 November 25 is instructive. On that date, 500,000 Czechoslovakians (who constituted 3% of the population of Czechoslovakia) risked their lives to assemble in Prague to demand the resignation of the Kremlin-backed authoritarian government. Many people in the crowd were students from the universities. The protestors were prepared to die to liberate Czechoslovakia.

If you are a student at a Thai university, ask yourself, "Are the Thais inferior to the Europeans?" If the answer is "no", then please explain why millions of Thais have not assembled in Bangkok to seize power from the army that overthrew the democratically elected government of Yingluck Shinawatra. Where are the Thais who will kill the royalist soldiers, the royal family, Suthep Thaugsuban, and the other members of the anti-democratic groups destroying Thai society?

A foreign power is not imposing the current authoritarian government onto the people of Thailand. They themselves created this monstrosity. They can destroy it when they want to do so. However, thus far, the Thais have refused to forcefully oppose the coup. Unlike the vocal Czechoslovakians, the Thais are mostly silent.

If you are a student at a Thai university, prove to yourself that the Thai people are the equals of the Europeans. You lead the movement to liberate Thailand. You lead the movement to kill the royalist soldiers, the royal family, Suthep Thaugsuban, and the other members of the anti-democratic groups destroying Thai society. You show the world that Thailand, unlike China, has the soul of a Western nation.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Another Chance for the Ukrainians to Succeed

Among the candidates in the presidential election that ended on May 26, Petro Poroshenko is most likely to Westernize Ukraine. As a businessman, he likely understands the need for the rule of law. As a devout Christian, he likely understands that he must act morally. Here, the use of "likely" is apt because we cannot know with certainty how he will act. We do not know him personally.

The temporary loss of Crimea and the military conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine have been beneficial for its future because millions of people in those areas could not vote and, hence, could not have helped to elect an anti-Western thug like Viktor Yanukovych. The election of a pro-Western president like Poroshenko was assured.

According to a recent report, with a humble spirit, he has reached out to the anti-Western (i.e., pro-Russian) citizens in the eastern regions, and he has reached out to the bitterly anti-Western thugs in Russia. This approach will help to ensure a period of stability in which the Ukrainians can modernize their economy.

Poroshenko is the Thaksin Shinawatra of Ukraine.

What can the people of Thailand learn from the Ukrainians who have the courage to fight -- and die -- for democracy? Will the Thais have the courage to confront -- and possibly kill -- the anti-democratic forces (e.g., the royal family and the thousands of ethnic Chinese who tried to shutdown Bangkok) which have enslaved their nation?

Friday, May 23, 2014

The Courage to Fight -- and Die --- for Westernization

Suthep Thaugsuban is a leader of the anti-democratic forces in Thailand. He has wanted a military coup since he began leading the violent anti-government demonstrations calling for replacing the democratically elected government with an unelected council of thugs. On May 21, General Prayuth Chan-ocha of the Thai military granted Suthep his wish by overthrowing the government of Thailand According to a recent report, the military has "shut down a dozen television stations and thousands of community radio stations, and it ordered the rest of the media to suspend critical thinking—banning journalists, for instance, from interviewing anyone not holding an official position." This military coup is the 12th one.

A large percentage of the Thai who oppose democracy are actually ethnic Chinese, not ethnic Thai, according to a recent op-ed in the "The New York Times". The overwhelming majority of protestors who, in Bangkok, demanded the termination of democracy are members of the "ethnic-Chinese middle-class". While the Chinese tear down democracy in Thailand, the ethnic Thai watch in silence. The Thai people must wake up. They must react. They must fight the predominantly Chinese anti-democratic forces.

Surely, the many students at the elite universities of Thailand must know how European democracies operate -- and how the Europeans fought for and died for democracy. No one gave wealthy democracies to the Europeans. They struggled greatly to build such democracies.

Of all the people in Thailand, the students at the elite universities know best the aforementioned facts about Western democracies and have the greatest responsibility for fixing the broken system. What should the students do? They should arm themselves with weapons and should kill the prominent members of the anti-democratic forces in Bangkok. Before Thailand can become a wealthy Western democracy, the monarchy, the royalist soldiers, and other such anti-democratic people must die.

Those soldiers who support the Westernization of Thailand must mutiny against the royalist soldiers. A civil war that kills the people opposing Westernization is the only way for Thailand (1) to end this continuous cycle of military coups and (2) to begin the process of transforming Thailand into a wealth Western democracy like Japan. Yingluck Shinawatra and her brother, Thaksin, have worked hard to try to build such a democracy in Thailand.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Thailand: Perpetrators of the Spate of Violence

According to a recent report (published on 2014 January 20), the violence in Thailand continues. There have been explosions and gunfire.

Although we do not know, with certainty, the background of the assailants who tossed the grenades and who fired the guns, we can make an educated guess. Suthep Thaugsuban wants the military to stage a coup ousting Yingluck Shinawatra, and any large-scale violence will be used by the military to justify seizing control of Thailand. At the same time, the death of Thaugsuban (and other key members of the Democrat Party), the royal family (including the king), and the royalist soldiers would help the Thai people by preventing the overthrow of a democratic government.

Given these facts, the conclusion is obvious. If the violence (via the explosions and gunfire) had actually killed Thausuban, the king, the royalist soldiers, and other prominent impediments to the Westernization of Thailand, then a member of the pro-democracy group (known as the "Red Shirts") likely committed the violence.

Yet, the recent spate of violence did not remove these prominent roadblocks to Westernization but, instead, killed some ordinary citizens of Thailand. Therefore, a member of the anti-democracy group (known as the "Yellow Shirts" and lead by Thaugsuban) likely committed the violence. The members of the anti-democracy group are staging this violence and are sacrificing some of the supporters of Thaugsuban in order to lure the military into overthrowing the government of Shinawatra.

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Thailand: National Anti-Corruption Committee Tries to Destory the Pheu Thai Party

According to a recent report (published on 2014 January 7), the National Anti-Corruption Committee (NACC) has initiated steps to suspend or permanently ban 308 parliamentarians holding public office. Most of these politicians are members of the Pheu Thai Party (PTP). The NACC claims that these politicians acted illegally in approving an amendment (to the constitution) that would have made the Thai Senate fully elected. Currently, half of the senators are appointed by a committee of officials and judges.

Yet, the Senate in its present form is undemocratic. The unelected half of the Senate is populated by appointees who subvert the will of the voters by voting in accordance with the wishes of the authoritarian axis (AA): the royal family, the Democrat Party (which is the major opposition party), and the royalist soldiers. Because the Senate has the authority to approve membership of the Election Commission, the Constitutional Court, and the anti-corruption commission, the AA can use the Senate to wield power over much of the government.

By contrast, in Western democracies like Japan, the Senate is fully elected. Senators serve at the pleasure of the majority (of the voters), not an anti-democratic minority. So, the attempt by the PTP to make the Senate fully elected is reasonable and desirable.

Yet, the NACC claims that the 308 parliamentarians acted illegally in supporting this bill. The only explanation for this claim is that, in accordance with the wishes of the AA, the NACC is attempting to (1) destroy the PTP and (2) overthrow the government of Yingluck Shinawatra.

For decades, the AA has blocked the Westernization of Thailand.

If you are a student in a Thai university, then you understand that the Democrat Party, the royal family, and the royalist soldiers in the army are destroying any hope for Thailand to become a wealthy Western democracy like Japan. You also understand that in the newly Westernized nations of Eastern Europe, its university students were the strongest opponents of authoritarian governments during the era of Soviet domination. These students risked their lives to oppose politicians like Thaugsuban.

You, the student in a Thai university, cannot sit idly while politicians like Suthep Thaugsuban destroy Thailand. You must kill Thaugsuban and the entire royal family. Little time remains until the military stages a coup. You must act now.