Tuesday, September 19, 2006
Inspiration: Riots in Budapest, Coup in Thailand
Images: BBC News
While I spent my morning contemplating a career move, other people in the world were dealing with more pressing concerns. Thousands of Hungarians took to the streets to demand the resignation of their lying PM, Ferenc Gyurcsany. Unlike Americans, Hungarians, oppressed by years under the Soviet regime, actually get angry when they catch their politicians lying to them. Hungarians will storm their state owned television station - the FOX News of Hungary - and blow up some cars on the way there. Even though Bush's lies actually killed thousands of people, unlike those of Gyurcsany, Americans have been placidly holding "Not in My Name" signs for the past 4 years. Which approach seems more effective?
Slightly less empowering is the Thai military coup against PM Thaksin Shinawatra. It is hard to feel inspired by television station seizures when they are done with the aid of tanks instead of DIY molotov cocktails. However, Shinawatra is perhaps more corrupt than Gyurcsany, and probably a tax free billion dollars richer. The Thais will probably be better off without the PM, though not if the coup leaders setup a permanent military government instead of holding new elections -- though as we all know, elections do not necessarily guarantee democracy.