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great piece and hits the nail right bang center on the head 

If you want an example of democratic power gone off the rails, just look at the UK.  That place is a mad house of over bearing Police, incompetent Central Bankers, Civil Servants  and politicians, wit

Since 1932 Thailand has had 25 generals election, 20 constitutions, 19 coups d’etat,   the last one in 2014. Maths speaks for itself...

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2 minutes ago, herfiehandbag said:

Being arrested for liking a facebook page is an example of widespread freedom of speech being tolerated on social media?

 

Perhaps we should agree to differ?

I don't see that in the news. I hear lots of apocryphal stories but little by way of hard evidence, unless its saying some thing about the first family, which is of course forbidden. 

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On 5/23/2020 at 1:12 PM, ponder said:

Winston Churchill is reputed to have once said, “The best argument against Democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” He was not referring to Thailand (at least, not specifically).

If Churchill looked at the UK now he’d have 3 words. TOLD YOU SO.

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3 minutes ago, Fairynuff said:

A Little Englander.

I don't see that as any kind of an insult. Actually, I am quite a big one; I must get back on that diet 

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4 minutes ago, Fairynuff said:

Boris Johnson and pretty much all of the Bullingdon boys.

Just be thankful governments are not currently permitted to align overseas pensions to indigenous government levels 😃

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6 hours ago, Pilotman said:

always someone who wants to replace opinion and debate with a throw away remark. I remember those kids in 5th grade. 

And always someone happy to trash the old country , smacks of insecurity.

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Covid does bring up the differences in the level of proper governance. Countries where there's a high trust towards their government will be able to bounce back fastest and execute the least intrusive countermeasures.

 

The trust in the Thai usurpers is absolute zero.

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On 5/23/2020 at 7:44 AM, KarenBravo said:

For democracy to work properly, it needs an educated and informed electorate.

Uneducated people are easily manipulated by populist politicians.

Whether Thailand is ready for a democracy that functions as intended, I'll leave up to you.

Education is absolute poison for the usurpers, every authoritarian regime in world history has used schools as a tool to embed nationalistic propaganda into the heads of the young. As exemplified by the antics in Thai schools such as flag raising, etc. Foreign influence is also completely evil with it's satanic practices of teaching critical thinking and other non-CCP approved methods.

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3 hours ago, KarenBravo said:

I'm British and whilst I agree with you, it's a matter of degree.

The British empire was a little bit less exploitive than the Dutch empire and both are infinitely better than the cruelest and most exploitive empire ever in the last few hundred years. An empire that belonged to a single man who's name was King Leopold II. Check out what he did in the Congo.

Read up about the cause and effect of the two Opium wars. British exploitation at its worlds best, forcing an entire nation onto opium purely for profit.

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52 minutes ago, mrfill said:

Read up about the cause and effect of the two Opium wars. British exploitation at its worlds best, forcing an entire nation onto opium purely for profit.

Utter tosh.

 

(1) Nobody forced the Chinese to use opium for its recreational properties.

 

(2) Money raised from the sale of opium went to help develop the colonies economically, and so was for the benefit of the backwards countries.

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On 5/23/2020 at 2:40 PM, Pilotman said:

wealth equality is a myth.  People need to be richer than others, some very rich indeed in order to generate wealth for others. Wealth creation by those with money is the engine that drives civilisation.  It was always thus.  A cursory reading of Roman history shows that all too clearly. Socialism seems to espouse that you tax the rich disproportionately higher than other people in  order to equalise wealth.  Its all utter nonsense of course.  

The real myth is precisely this idea that the rich create wealth for the rest, they don’t, they create more wealth for themselves. In percentage terms none of the billionaires or their corporations pay anything remotely like a working person earns. It’d be infinitely more helpful if you’d quote facts and not myths.

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