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  •  But don't mess around with their King's image (5+ / 0-)

    Like put him in a Krusty the Klown suit or make him the subject of a 'Hitler finds out that...' YouTube video.  That could get you some jail time.

    •  It's worse than that (7+ / 0-)

      If you simply talk about the King, saying nice things like "The king seems like such a kind man or You know he was born in Cambridge MA? or He sure has done a lot of good for Thailand" will earn you silence and eyes averted.

      The offense is that you are discussing the King as if he were a mortal, and in Thai language there are special words, honorifics, that you must always use when speaking of the King. Even though you are speaking English, and saying nice things, you are causing offense.

      I simply don't discuss the King or Royal Family with Thais.

      Thailand is still awaiting it's revolution.

      “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

      by ban nock on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 06:13:16 AM PDT

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        The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

        by Azazello on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:25:17 AM PDT

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      •  Does the royal family exercise political power? (2+ / 0-)
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        Thailand is still awaiting it's revolution.
        I know Thailand has a representative legislature (though they've had problems with corruption and coups)... do the views of the Royal Family have any actual effect in that political structure?

        Or is it like the modern UK where the royalty holds nominal power over Parliament, but in practice never exercises that power to do anything contrary to the will/customs of the popularly-elected legislature?

        If it's the latter, it seems to me that the respect given to the Royal Family is less a reason for revolution and more a national custom around a national unifying figure.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 07:59:53 AM PDT

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        •  The king is currently in an unresponsive state (1+ / 0-)
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          but still alive.

          Before his declining health every government held power only at the pleasure of the king. When things get out of hand the king would hold a meeting with the leaders of the major factions and they would resign or hold new elections, or whatever. The 80s and 90s were a series of coups always with the power of the military. The royal family doesn't appoint leaders but if they withdraw support it's all over.

          When he was younger the king could have promoted democracy, but he didn't. Instead he supported a corrupted military.

          Thailand has the highest murder rate in E Asia, also the largest income disparity. There is a festering resentment that spilled over into an occupation of a large piece of the capital city a couple years ago. The reds and the yellows. Yellows being royalists.

          When demonstrations go wrong in Thailand hundreds of people get shot. It's happened often before and it will happen again.

          “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

          by ban nock on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 08:42:41 AM PDT

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