Thailand Is in Danger of Becoming an Established Military Dictatorship

Thailand has moved one step closer towards entrenched military rule in recent days, after the governing junta granted sweeping powers of arrest and detention to military personnel, drawing harsh criticism from civil society groups and the US government in the process.

Thailand’s Morass

The elites say they support democracy but realize that any free and fair election in a country where rural farmers significantly outnumber urban elites will never go in their favor—meaning not simply a permanent loss of power, but the inconceivable idea, as one journalist puts it, that “these uneducated barbarians will take over our country.”