Thursday, January 16, 2014

Bangkok Shutdown Day 5: Coercion Has Its Cost

Bangkok Shutdown Day 5: 

Coercion Has Its Cost

If the central problems inherently part of a coercive shutdown of the civil and private services and businesses of a metropolitan are like Bangkok ARE being discussed, they're out of the headlines and the carried sign-boards, but they are real, nonetheless!

IF Sutep's chosen avatars do take over government posts, why would Thai citizens want to obey a non-elected minority? What legitimacy could it possibly have?

Two responses:

1) 'Oh, Sutep and his government will govern so purely, so honestly and so transparently within Constitutional limits that EVERYONE (okay, almost everyone) will be happy!'

2) 'Well, Sutep's government would be SO MUCH BETTER than the (current, elected) government, that he would be right to arrest/jail/execute any dissenters!'

So, Thai's (and the watching world) can believe #1 because...? What is the clamoring crowd of coercion putting forward to PREVENT abuse of government power in the future? Why would it work? HOW would it work? Can the current, legitimate government put these changes into place and continue to govern?

And as for #2, that looks a lot like the current American government: 'Anybody who doesn't like what WE are trying to do is racist, counter-revolutionary and ignorant!' Hmmm, what happened to the vaunted Thai freedom?

A 'Clamoring Crowd of Coercion' CAN get results, but by setting an example of force, NOT RATIONAL NEGOTIATION, it immediately becomes vulnerable to that SAME FORCE being used against it.

Could we try Rational Negotiation or Rational Consultation? Establish our goals, the ideals that ALL parties to any agreement could accept, then publicly (and privately) work out the details, methods and practical ways to IMPLEMENT those goals in a free society? with justice and compassion for all?

Or is that too much to ask?


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