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Covid plus lack of democracy ‘spells disaster’ for Thailand

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There are always those who speak and those who do. 

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3 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

imo covid exposed a lot more wrong in supposedly progressive 1st world countries, especially those that tax it's citizens to the extreme for societal benefit yet provide a substandard return for the funds..

You're British, aren't you?

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2 hours ago, Oxx said:

 

It may be a tired argument, but it's also true.  Do you honestly believe that, to pick a few, Afghanistan, Burma, Brunei, Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Maldives, Pakistan, Qatar, Somaliland, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe are better off now than they were under British guidance? To more or less an extent they are now all basketcases.

 

 

I was afraid of what you were going to conclude, but in the end there are a couple in your list which are not muslim countries... LOL!

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14 hours ago, smedly said:

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

It could have been outlined with 1 phrase "basket-case". 

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3 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

imo covid exposed a lot more wrong in supposedly progressive 1st world countries, especially those that tax it's citizens to the extreme for societal benefit yet provide a substandard return for the funds..

Wow, wow, don't forget these countries you criticize generally provide top-level advantages to migrants-pretending-to-be-refugees, the silent majority of over-taxed citizens are sick and tired of, and don't want anything more than getting rid of those leeches, covered by so-called bona fide "non profit" organisations, manipulating the sweet lemmings to fill their own pockets while gaining power. Disgusting, And that is one of the most important elements in the general "drift" towards populism and extreme right in reaction, which those NGOs use in turn to push their communist-ic theories discretely forward...

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14 hours ago, Tarteso said:

Since 1932 Thailand has had 25 generals election, 20 constitutions, 19 coups d’etat,  

the last one in 2014. Maths speaks for itself...

Seems to be proof that they are incapable of running a democratic or any other sort of society. 

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15 hours ago, Pilotman said:

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, with too much time on their hands, not a clue what is going on and with too much power to abuse.  In comparison, Thailand is a beacon of stability and common sense. I am just glad I was here in LOS during this social media driven, monumentally economically damaging fiasco

The economy in Thailand wasn't damaged? Restrictions were put in place here and there.. 

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3 hours ago, Oxx said:

 

It may be a tired argument, but it's also true.  Do you honestly believe that, to pick a few, Afghanistan, Burma, Brunei, Egypt, Kenya, Lesotho, Maldives, Pakistan, Qatar, Somaliland, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe are better off now than they were under British guidance? To more or less an extent they are now all basketcases.

 

 

Have you been to Qatar? One of the highest incomes per capita in the world due to natural gas.

Yes, there is abuse of foreign workers, no question about it. But Qataris have a good life.

Far from a basket case

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8 hours ago, KarenBravo said:

You are calling the Scandinavian countries inefficient? The citizens are clearly willing to pay high taxes to ensure a social safety net and to stop wealth inequality getting out of hand.

 

Witness the difference where US citizens that have lost their jobs are eventually going to run out of money, even though the government has spent more than  three trillion dollars (how very socialist of them) on them.

The Scandinavians in contrast don't have that fear, nor do they fear the cost of health emergencies that can wipe-out a life-times worth of savings.

Very true..nobody really k ows where the $3 trillion went (30% of annual GDP in one month)..

In Europe people have more security,  in the USA it is a constant struggle for the unemployed- which is leading to the efforts to open the economy as people simply can't afford it anymore.  

If closures continue,  there will be social unrest and there are way too many guns in circulation in the country for that to end well. 

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Posted (edited)

Is there true democracy in this world with gerry-mandering, military coup, political silencing etc?

 

 

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