January 26, 2014

Thailand: Global Democracy's Last Gasp?

Sean Thomas, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

As a brand, western democracy is damaged. When developing nations look to the democratic West, they see a dwindling and weakened superpower in America. Meanwhile, Europe has economically imploded, and anyway seems determined to abandon national liberties in favour of a feeble, mincing Federation, run, ineffectively, by bankers and bureaucrats.

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