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Getting over those tribal instincts

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Thai culture still relies far too much on relationships, rather than ideologies. Time and again we see democratic ideals sacrificed for the sake of relationships on both sides of the political divide. This is why our political structure is often termed a feudal system rather than a true parliamentary democracy. 

And if both sides of the political divide, from the grass roots to the top, devote their efforts and loyalties more to a cult of personality, or to their brothers and sisters, friends and fellows, factions and networks, instead of the overall concept of Thailand as a democratic nation, it is only because ours is a culture embedded in relationships, while ideologies are but a new fad.

Loyalties are sometimes torn and ideologies are at times in conflict. Both concepts have positive and negative aspects. A balance must be found, while at times hard decisions need to be made.

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