[Marxism] Thoughts prompted by the coup in Thailand | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed May 28 12:18:27 MDT 2014

For journalists like Seumas Milne and Andre Vltchek, the anti-government 
protests in Venezuela and Thailand are cut from the same cloth. They are 
middle-class movements fueled by resentment against government programs 
that favored the poor. If this is the case, you would expect the NY 
Times and the Murdoch-owned London Times to throw its support behind 
Thailand’s “Yellow Shirts” after the fashion of their support for the 
anti-Maduro student protesters. As is so often the case, reductionism 
does not serve political analysis very well.

Because in fact Thomas Fuller of the NY Times has been consistently in 
support of Thaksin Shinawatra’s “Thais Love Thais” party. On May 22nd he 
filed a report that stated “The coup was seen as a victory for the 
elites in Thailand who have grown disillusioned with popular democracy 
and have sought for years to diminish the electoral power of Thaksin 
Shinawatra, a former prime minister who commands support in the rural 
north. Unable to win elections, the opposition has instead called for an 
appointed prime minister and pleaded with the military for months to 
step in.”


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