Thailand needs change. Everyone says it. But how do we go about it? Change can be implemented from the bottom up, or from the top down. The former is revolution. The latter is reform. We should prefer the latter, as the former is more likely than not to lead to bloodshed and destruction. World history is full of examples, the Arab Spring being the most recent.
In his book The Next Decade, George Friedman argued that the three US presidents who defined American greatness lied, violated the law and betrayed principles to achieve that greatness.
According to Friedman, to preserve the union, Abraham Lincoln initiated a concerted programme of lies and deception, trampled on civil liberties and state rights and suspended the right to habeas corpus. The United States was preserved.
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