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We, the unruly thais

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  • Newspaper section: News
  • Writer: Voranai Vanijaka
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Governments exist for many reasons, not least of which is that left to our own devices, mankind would have committed follies on such a scale that we might have become extinct extinct thousands of years ago, leaving the apes to inherit the Earth. 

Not that governments guarantee mankind's existence and yes, governments are also prolific in committing follies. But at least _ from tribal councils to modern parliaments _ governments keep the follies of society in check; not always with great success but at least enough to prolong mankind's existence.

Governments provide the rule of law, legislate it, interpret it and execute it. The opposite is anarchy. Through mankind's evolution, there are certain modern societies that are in general disciplined and orderly, respecting the rule of law. Japan is a fine example.

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