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BANGKOK 19 February 2019 09:13


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  1. Thais can take back-breaking, tough labor, and with fewer complaints than farangs. The really difficult work for Thais is breaking their programming. As it is for all of us, I suppose... In one sense or another. Thais won't just "lose" face culture--like a handbag--overnight. It's going to be a slow process, unless something unforeseeably traumatic/dramatic happens. I mean, something seriously from left field here, like a meteor strike or something. They'll change when they're absolutely forced to... and they already have a very, very, very high threshold for getting pissed off enough to upset the apple cart. Democracy here will be in name only until you have a populace at least somewhat capable of critical thinking and, especially, introspection.
  2. Well, you're talking about happiness, which is largely perceptual and difficult to quantify; I was talking about the problem of mistrust as an obstacle to increasing the tax base so that the government would actually have more resources to implement policies that would increase living standards for the majority here. Which is what people, per the OP, seem to requesting of their government here. Not that I'm claiming even a well-functioning government can be expected to do it all. You'd need some overall attitude and cultural shifts in the people here as well.
  3. C'mon, dude. You're going to say with a straight face that corruption and incompetence in most 1st world countries is anywhere in the same league as Thailand? Get real. I understand your point; all I'm saying is the Thais actually have much more reason not to trust that increased taxes and government revenue will be used for the betterment of their country.
  4. Yes and no. Yes, it doesn't come for free and many here need to realize that. No, they don't trust the government not to waste large portions of tax money through blatant, ubiquitous corruption and incompetence. Given their track record, who can blame them? Kind of a chicken or egg problem.
  5. I'm pretty sure this will be evenly enforced between Thai and farang offenders. Seriously, fellow Westerners, watch your back. Another cash cow is born.
  6. On one hand, I agree wholeheartedly. On the other, it's far from the whole story; reducing the money--public and private--that magically disappears down the corruption hole would certainly make a difference in living standards *with existing resources*. To say nothing of reducing inefficiencies/redundancies/red tape in key areas while adding in some necessary red tape in the form of tax collection and environmental enforcement standards. Again, I'm talking about public AND private. That's the sort of thing that makes everyday life better for people.
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