By Giles Ji Ungpakorn
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This stage proved to be an unstable one22, leading to the 1932 revolution and the establishment of a Constitutional Monarchy, which has now lasted longer than the Absolute Monarchy. 23 Yet the actual mass base of this party was limited to sections of the civilian and military bureaucracy. In such circumstances, the problems faced by the Peoples Party in maintaining power were not the same as the problems faced by the revolutionary capitalist class in England and France. There was not a strong mass movement from below, which needed to be destroyed.
8. 52 A Coup For the Rich Thailand’s political Crisis This throws some light on the real function of the lèse majesté laws. They are in place in order to protect the conservative establishment and the status quo in the widest possible sense, not just the Royal part of the Thai State. “Nation, Religion and King” have been the three conservative pillars of the Thai state since Rama VI, before the 1932 revolution. “The People” have only been added as a later after thought, especially on public signs outside military bases.
Respect and showing respect is a personal choice and can be shown without prostration on the ground. When considering the transparency of the Monarchy we must expand this to include economic transparency too. The fight against corrupt politicians, the insistence that public figures declare their assets and share ownership and the demand that Taksin’s family pay taxes is only right and proper. But we must not have double standards. The same rules must apply to all. Therefore we need to see asset and earnings declarations from the Palace and the Palace should pay taxes like all other citizens.