A feudal king

9 01 2018

King Vajiralongkorn is reported by Reuters to have “ordered the organization of public events such as weekend music concerts aimed at ‘bringing happiness to the people’.”

Ordering officials around by a “constitutional” monarchy is an interesting concept. Junta bosses do it, but they are the bosses while the king isn’t meant to be ordering people around.

With both military regime and monarch ordering happiness, the population must be rolling in the aisles.

His latest pre-coronation order is for “a history-themed festival for the public…”.

It is no surprise to learn that the “festival” will be held “at the Royal Plaza,” described in the report as “a public square in Bangkok,” since the king took the throne it has become far less public and much more royal while erasing 1932.

In this context, the king’s order is for a throwback festival his father but most especially to the height of absolutism under King Chulalongkorn: “[t]he festival will include gardens, fountains, and historic-looking structures” and “the public will be encouraged to wear traditional Thai clothes and 19th century Thai fashions.”

It is clear the king’s political preferences are for a return to feudal absolutism.


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