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Devolve state powers to stave off civil war

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As Thailand lurches towards something very much resembling civil war, it might be time to step back for a moment from the immediate debates over elections and reforms and very carefully consider where this crisis is coming from and in what directions it might be resolved peacefully. 

Pro-government red shirts attend a rally at the Rajamangala National Stadium in Hua Mak last year. The red movement’s vow to come out in force to protect the Pheu Thai-led government has raised fears of violent clashes with anti-government protesters. BANGKOK POST

Ever since there was a Siamese/Thai state as such in the late 19th century, there has been a single, all-consuming mission: An impulse toward "unity" through centralisation envisioned by the Bangkok elite. It sought to physically bind the country together through roads and railroads and a single administrative bureaucracy.

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