Friday, April 17, 2009

Living in Thailand

Lesson number two: Freedom of speech is restricted arbitrarily.

It’s not ok to criticize the monarchy.

It is ok to wear a coloured shirt and protest for months on end, force the cancellation of a multi-national economic summit, be so out of hand the government declares a state of emergency in the capital city, and if you’re up for it, shut down the international airport and all but destroy what little was left of your country’s [sex] tourism industry.

Thailand is the ultimate paradox; on one hand you can get away with nothing, but on the other hand, you can get away with everything. 

7 comments:

deedub said...

Is it be ok to criticize a monarchy worth 35 billion dollars in a country where you can't even drink the water?

twitch said...

Absolutely not, Dwayne.

deedub said...

Do you at least get free healthcare or education?

twitch said...

No. Not even a little.

B-Boy Nothing said...

But to be fair, Thailand is a pretty awesome place to live if you're not Thai and can leave whenever you want.

deedub said...

You just don't want the Royal SS busting down your door

twitch said...

Enough with the optimism, Evan. We both know that's not what I'm about--I haven't been gone *that* long.