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Samizdat

As an undergraduate student I became deeply interested in a somewhat obscure play (a copy of which remains in my Florida library) called “The Ascent Of Mount Fuji,” which talks about the experiences of a group of former friends and … Continue reading

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Stay Standing

When I lived in Thailand, one of the notable quirks of life there was the fact that before every soccer or Muay Thai match or even every movie or play, the audience was expected to stand for the royal anthem, … Continue reading

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Better Left Unsaid

Most people who know me even a little are familiar with the fact that I tend to be a fairly open and bluntspoken person. Even where I do not name someone, it is usually not very difficult for people to … Continue reading

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What Kind Of Parent Is The King Of Thailand?

It is well known that that King of Thailand considers himself to be the father of the people of Thailand, looking after his citizens with a paternalistic care, and telling them to be content with moderation and ‘sufficiency’ rather than … Continue reading

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A Non-Book Review: #Thaistory

#Thaistory, by Andrew MacGregor Marshall For the second time recently I feel compelled to write a “non-book review” in lieu of my preferred fashion of reviewing the books I read in great detail. The first time [1], I did so … Continue reading

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O King, Live Forever

To me, as a student of politics, if not a very able practitioner of the art, I find it fascinating the times where godly men (and women) said to heathen kings of Babylon and Persia, “O King, live forever! [1]” … Continue reading

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Two Approaches To Government: Part One

In Matthew 20:25-28 we see our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ giving a clear contrast between two approaches to government, the ways of this world (and Satan) and the way of Jesus Christ. Matthew 20:25-28 reads as follows: “But Jesus … Continue reading

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Easier To Lie

It is easy to say that we want the truth. No one particularly likes being lied to, after all. No one likes to have their trust betrayed, or to have people talk about painful things in secret while pretending everything … Continue reading

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Please Remember To Obey The Law

This entry is the third in a series of blog entries on my experiences with Thailand’s work visa process. In the first part [1], I discovered the architectural pleasures of Chiang Mai’s City Hall. In the second part [2], I … Continue reading

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Blind Man’s Bluff

Sometimes the diplomatic decisions of the United States make no sense on any level. This week the world (outside of China, which has censored the news, like it blocks this blog) has been thrilled to the cat-and-mouse case of a … Continue reading

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