The Great Recession
Consider some recent political events:
1. Civil unrest in Iran.
2. The Honduran military arrests the country’s President and gives him a free trip out of the country.
3. China (at least according to Friday’s Washington Post) launches a crackdown on human rights lawyers by letting their bar licenses “lapse.”
4. Vietnam arrests a leading human rights lawyer and charges him with treason (last week)
5. Thailand continues to face turmoil between supporters and opponents of ex-Prime Minister Thaksin (that started last fall with the airport shutdown, but it’s still going on).
It may be that each of these events are independent and rooted in particular national or cultural issues. But as a political science professor of mine used to say, “There’s no gravitational theory of Mars.” In other words, context is often overrated. So here’s the obvious question — is this the result of The Great Recession (or the Panic of 2008)? Everyone is aware that the Great Depression caused massive political upheavals during the 1930s. Is this the (thus far) milder version of that? And what is the next shoe to drop?