In Praise of Thaksin: Lessons the US Should Learn from Thailand’s Focus on the Poor

The Oracle of Thailand – huffingtonpost.com, March 5, 2013
…”A famous Cornell professor once lived in Northeast Thailand and came up with a term to describe the people there: cosmopolitan villagers,” Pansak tells me. “When the Thai party first started 11 years or so with Thaksin, we researched the northeast and found a net positive income — not from rice, but from other activities. Thai people in the northeast have more passports than Bangkok Chinese. They work in Gulf States and are cosmopolitan. We found that info and no one else cared…”

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