For too long the city of Bangkok has floated in a kind of First World wealth – replete with sky trains, high rises,Lululemon Women's PantsWholesale Lingerie Sexy Lingerie luxury condos and marbled mega malls – while its rural populace stayed stilted in the mud of Third World poverty. Perhaps the greatest fiction The Land of a Thousand Smiles has managed to tell itself and the rest of the world is that it is a bona fide democracy. But behind that infamous smile is an ancient feudal system that was built on the roan backs of peasants for a millennium.That system relied on the lower class's continual servitude and, in some way, their acceptance of a deeply embedded caste system in which reverence for the king, who is accorded god-like status, carried over to reverence for anyone occupying a higher social strata. The caste and status consciousness, as construed by a simplified if misunderstood religious idea in which past karmic debts sent one to a permanent level of society, is so deeply ingrained that it is reflected in the Thai language itself.
that old superior-inferior fiction is eroding and eroding fast. In the
last decade or so, what was once remote and rural has been integrated
with the rest of the world, thanks in large part to the distribution of
electricity to even the most remote areas – provided from sparsely
populated Laos next door with its mega hydroeleIsuzu Auto Partsctric dams – which brought TV, radio,Authentic Replica lv monogram vernis handbags Internet
and the cheap and ubiquitous cell phones, information being the true
form of democracy. Those who once lived in isolated thatched huts are
thus now highly aware of the wide urban-rural gap, and possess a deep
and growing sense of injustice.
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Thai, gave the long suffering rural population was a sense of upward
mobility, and a vision of shared governance. Critics point out that this
has been done at the expense of tax paying middle class Thais. The
party's rice-subsidizing scheme, they say, is not sustainable, and in
fact, has turned some farmers against the government, which hasn't been
able to'e up with all the money to pay them as promised.But it is also
certain that with a majority of the rural poor politically awakened, the
Democrat Party needs to deal with their long grievances rather than
merely plotting protests and coups. "As long as it insists that losers
in democratic elections are under no obligation to accept the results,"
warns an editorial in the Economist, "Thailand will slide downhill."