Business is politics

Business is politics - The Nation, November 5, 2003
Interesting article tying together the 1991 coup, today's Yukos scandal in Russia, and the ascendancy of Thaksin: Whatever the case, the morbid business-political foundation of the Thai economy was never seriously threatened despite the drafting of the new Constitution. Businesses still have to pay state officials and ministers to get things done and to finance politicians for protection. There came a point where it was cheaper for enterprising and ambitious businessmen to enter politics themselves. Business in politics merely took a different form and allowed for a tycoon such as Thaksin Shinawatra to launch a successful political party which is well equipped with modern financial and information management.
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