By Giles Ji Ungpakorn
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In the past, the working class and peasantry had been successfully mobilised on issues such as human rights, democracy, land rights and opposition to privatisation and Free Trade Agreements. D. hardly mentioned any of these issues and only once mentioned the problem of violence and human rights abuses in the South. The issue of Taksin’s corruption and the conflicts of interest became real issues for those business people who were missing out on the rich pickings which were being made by those in the Taksin loop.
An Essay. Lawrence & Wishart, London. 19 See Paul Foot (2005) The Vote. How it was won and how it was undermined. Penguin/Viking. 60 A Coup For the Rich Thailand’s political Crisis Monarchy was brought back in order to make peace with sections of the old elite and in order to squash any ideas of further radical change. However, the important point was that a social revolution had occurred. The restored Monarchy was not the same as the old Monarchy, feudal laws and the old economic system had been destroyed.
This was a system of direct control over humans, rather than the use of land ownership to control labour, and its importance was due to the low population level. The majority of common people (Prai) living near urban centres were forced to perform corvée forced labour for monthly periods. There were also debt slaves (Taht) and war slaves (Chaleay Seuk). This direct control of labour was decentralised under various Moon Nai, nobles and local rulers (Jao Hua Muang) who had powers to mobilise labour.