Of course, Communism resulting in misery and failure is hardly news. What’s interesting about this is that many of the Communists have realized this. That alone makes them far more perceptive and far less dogmatic than many American academics. As one commentor noted, it would be great fun to have these reformed Communists debate some of our local Communist sympathizers.
Most interestingly to me is that the story is basically a press release put out by the “Vietnamese Constituational Monarchist League”. While straight monarchy has its problems, I find constitutional monarchy quite a bit more palatable. A monarch with limited powers can provide a good “reset swtich” for a representative government. There are two key things that are required to have it be a net positive instead of a negative:
Constitutional monarchies may actually be well suited for emerging democracies, where things can get wedged more easily. It is an option that should be taken seriously in such cases.