Ok, so Greeks seem to get fairness, but everyone knows the leaders of "old Europe" are soft. You want to see the fight ramped up, you need to go to Asia baby.
The boys and girls in Thailand are leading the way with a little street protest.
The leaders of the Bangkok street party have also given a name to the public outrage at the fat bastards on top taking all the pie – class warfare.
People tell me class warfare, like the rest of Marx, is so ancient history. But, in my view, its the comeback kid of economic theories for the second decade of the 21st century.
Whether or not you think Thaksin Shinawatra is a corrupt bastard with a bit of a thing in respect of public telephone companies, you have to concede:
1. He was the author of massive land and social welfare reforms which put more Thai Bhats in the back pocket of the poorest in the country; and
2.The ruling party is so concerned about wealth accidently flowing down to the poor, they want to abandon democracy, because the little bastards keep voting in the wrong guys.
I’m pleased that, at least in Thailand, the social/economic combatants can take off the masks and have an honest fight.
Its really the same fight they are having in the US between the “conservatives” and “liberals”. Only difference is that over in the US they insist on dressing it up in silly patriotic fantasies.
In the US, you can’t just say “screw the poor”, you have to talk about “Real American Values”.
You get to the same position - “I’m buggered if I’m helping anyone” - but the route is meandering and throws up some rather bizarre characters.
Frankly, I prefer the Thai approach.