One if the core tenants of Libertarianism is that the market place – in large – needs to be left alone, when it comes to pricing and availability of goods. The reason for this is because market forces will always be more efficient in dealing with shortage and surplus in a way that doesn’t penalize the wrong individuals. But the urge of an authoritarian, fascistic of communistic government to intrude into the market place is often so strong it overrules any sane economical reasoning. Sometimes it is out of a flawed understanding of the market place and sometimes it is purely out of personal gain.
Please look at the video here and judge for yourself what is the reason in this case.
“The Corruption Cycle Behind Thailand’s Rice Pledging Scheme
The government announced the rice would be sold through G2G, through a company called GSSG Import & Export that is represented in Thailand by Mr. Rathanit Sojiratkul (Palm), who is an assistant to the Parliamentary Member, Mrs. Rapipan Pongruengrong, wife of Arisman Pongruengrong one of the core Red Shirt leaders.
Mr. Rathanit then issued a power of attorney to Mr. Nimon Rakdee or Joe, a right hand man of Sia Pieng. Mr. Nimon then brought the rice from the government through the Foreign Trade Department. Sia Piang sold the rice he got for less than market value, as it did not go through the bidding process, and sold it to rice mills at market value.
The government lost out in the first phase because Sia Pieng took the profit from the sell. The mills in turn sold back the rice they got from Sia Pieng to the government’s rice pledging program. The government brought this rice at a price that is 40% higher than market value. Therefore the mills made profit from selling the rice back to the government while the government lost out again for the second time as they now have to pledge their own rice.
The fact that the government lost out twice in this deal is probably not a coincidence due their misjudgment. But it is because Sia Pieng is actually a close friend of Thaksin Shinawatra. They say they are selling the rice through G2G when in fact they are selling to a company owned by Thaksin’s close friend.
Don’t forget that the money the government lost out on twice is actually our tax money.” (Source: TVForum)
In the latest series of outright lies and mind-blowing propaganda we today can read what Police Captain Chalerm YuuBamRung, Dep PM, says on the matter of drug contravention.
As posted over at TVF:
Chalerm vows to eradicate drugs in a year
BANGKOK, 25 September 2011 (NNT)-Deputy Prime Minister and Director of National Command Center for Drugs (NCCD), Police Captain Chalerm YuuBamRung, on Saturday presided over a meeting on the practical approach to prevent drugs in the Northern Region at Dusit Island Resort Hotel, Chiang Rai Province.
During the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister stated that he intended to root out drugs problems in Thailand, adding that efforts must start from blocking the entry of narcotics from neighboring countries, combined with heavy handed and rapid crackdown on local drug rings.
The Deputy Prime Minister stated that he was confident that the police force, under his leadership, would be able to break considerable ground in the “War on Drugs” within 12 months.
Reminds us when Thaksin in in Feb 2003 announced to eradicate drugs in 3 months – an unprecedented slaughter of civilians and mere suspects started a ‘shoot-on-sight’-campaign of extra judicial killings that ended in over 2300 dead, with more than half feared completely innocent. (1)
So with previous announcements stating that they will not – even though they claim the last campaign was supported by everyone – have another ‘shoot-on-sight’-policy one has to wonder what magical recipe they have conjured up now…and couldn’t share with the police and military earlier.
In the US the share brute of jailed non-violent offenders are there because of drug-charges. Even amongst those jailed for violent crimes a very high share is there because of their connection to drugs, often the struggle to control the sale or distribution of it. In the US they have had a War on Drugs for over 80 years.
How has it worked out so far?
Imagine the gut it takes to conjure up proposals that a government will succeed in 1 year (or 3 months) what other nations haven’t been able to to in 80 years – after spending more than the former nations BNP several times over – to stop a trade that in the end shouldn’t be a criminal act – the consumption of recreational drugs.
If the trade and consumption was legalized we would be able to reduce the prison population immensely, have higher quality control of the products (no more or less accidental overdoses) and lower prices of the goods — prices that always goes up during the governments campaigns to stamp out the trade. This would reduce the economical strain that the recreational use can put on a family of an user and prohibit that the family structure collapses with the user risking to become an abuser with reduced income and failing family structure, leading to a life of crime to support their habit.
Dear Mr. Chalerm YuuBamRung, do the right thing, open up treatment centers for the users that cannot handle the self-responsibility and allow other adults to self-regulate their usage.
Within 16 years, if not opposed, there will be a declaration of United Republic of Red Villages under rule of President Thaksin.
UK Prime Minister criticizes what he calls the failure of ‘state multiculturalism’ in a speech held in Munich, mirroring the speech held by German Chancellor Angela Merkel last year. The argument is that there needs to be a stronger national identity to counter the extremist influences of anti-western groups.
While the overall constructs of nation states are anti-freedom and authoritarian by design there is always degrees of evil in the equation. On the path to creating a Libertarian construct of true chosen communities we have to first attack the biggest threat. The offensive and aggressive religious or cultural groups are one such threat.
What we have to recognize is that powerful groups of diametrical opposite views as ours are doing their fullest, including armed attacks on civilian targets, to push nations and people towards either submission or open warfare – all to gain more influence and followers.
New WikiLeaks released cables relating statements from Singaporean foreign officials to the US State Department. The cables are not yet published online for verification, but where published in the Sunday editions of the Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age.
One of the segments the pick out is a possibly explosive material:
Moving on to Thailand, the newspapers cited cables detailing a September 2008 meeting with Mr Sedney in which Mr Kausikan labels former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra as ‘corrupt’, along with ‘everyone else, including the opposition’.
Mr Kausikan apparently also stated that Thaksin ‘made a mistake in pursuing a relationship with the crown prince by paying off the crown prince’s gambling debts’, and warned of continued instability in Thailand.
Read the Straits Times-article on the news here: Straits Times
Added: Additional quote is found over at the source: Sydney Morning Herald
Malaysia’s “dangerous” decline is fuelled by incompetent politicians, Thailand is dogged by corruption and a “very erratic” crown prince, Japan is a “big fat loser” and India is ”stupid”.
What does these revelations mean for us?
It is going to be very interesting following the release of thousands of US cables relating to Thai-related matters.
One recommended site to follow when the cables start to be released is: thaicables
Thai government is censoring at the moment over 300.000 websites in order to
prevent it’s citizens free access to information. Wikileaks had been blocked
on orders from Thai government under the 2005 emergency decree on as it is
considered a “threat to National security” (http://goo.gl/BFcq6)
With the release of approximately 3000 cables originating from the US Embassy
in Bangkok which have been sent mostly from 2005 until February 2010 it is
just a question of time before MICT will block the access to Wikileaks
published cables (http://cablegate.wikileaks.org/)
We do not believe in censorship and think that everyone in Thailand should
get access to any information available on the internet, which also includes
Wikileaks. This is the reason for this blog.
A total of 2985 (other sources state 3516) Cables sent from the US Embassy
in Bangkok will be published.
We will follow the leaks with great interest and hope you do so to. Since the main leak-site: Cablegate WikiLeaks is sadly blocked in Thailand in every major ISP we will re-publish any important revelations given there or over at thaicables in this blog as well.