Interlude: Thailand: A Study In Independence
*** PREFACE ***
Professed Christians are so at home in this world's system that not even the prophesies of the scripture will stir them to action. Not only are they not stirred, they don't want to be bothered with anyone who is trying to reach out to them as a brother or sister. I find this apathy appalling--but then again, maybe I am not dealing with Christians at all--I don't know--and maybe for some, calamity will have to overcome them before they wake up, I don't know, but I find the whole situation deeply disturbing and grievous beyond what I can articulate. Many Christian ministries focus on the NWO, etc. but they don't see what is really going on (but they think that they do because they've spent a lot of time compiling a bunch of names and dates). They are still sitting in deception and don't know that they are a mess, their children are a mess, their readers are a mess, and the visible church is a mess. They are worldly and dependent on an artificial system (which causes many, many other problems--physical, spiritual, and mental). It seems to me that if they really believed Revelation 13:17 when confronted with it, they would start making moves to not have to buy and sell in this system (that is the verse that stirred me--I knew that I was/am not going to take the mark and that there would be no place for me in that system. As a result of that initial fear, other understandings have followed.). But I've seen in my own experience that the prophecy of Revelation 13 is not enough for many--even though it is coming, and coming fast.
This time is a time of apostasy. This time is a time of peril. This time is a time to assemble--but where is the assembly? Is it possible for someone to yearn for the church and to never find her? Is it possible for someone to be jealous for her and never encounter her? Sadly, and most unfortunately, in this day and age, I think that the answer is yes--and yet, the glorious truth is that the kingdom of God is within each one of us that is a disciple (follower) of the Lord Jesus Christ. With God's word in our hearts, we can wage a good warfare wherever we are (as scattered as we may be), we can suffer according to the will of God, and we can commit the keeping of our souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.
*** THAILAND: A STUDY IN INDEPENDENCE ***
There are many people who are not Christians that can see--and have seen since long before I did--the importance of self-sufficiency and the dangers of giving up the old ways. They may not know all about the great whore, but they know that independence and maintaing the old ways is the life of their people. Self-sufficiency goes beyond procuring one's own food, clothing, shelter, and water. It is about independence and being your own person with your own beliefs and your own culture and your own traditions and your own scholarship--not just drinking down somebody else's ways. Christians have been commanded to be not conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our mind that we may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Today, I came across an article today about a people that has held on to their independence--and apparently they are now putting it down in writing, locking it down solid, drawing the line in the sand. And this is not an "activist" activity. It came from their king, a father of his people--this is a powerful thing. See excerpts of the article below.
[The following is excerpted from, "The Globalists' Worst Nightmare -- Self-Sufficiency: a universal solution to the globalist problem." (http://landdestroyer.blogspot.com/2011/03/globalists-worst-nightmare.html)]
Thailand's Answer to the Globalization
Thailand's answer to the IMF, and globalization in general was profound in both implications as well as in its understanding of globalization's end game. Fiercely independent and nationalistic, and being the only nation in Southeast Asia to avoid colonization, Thailand's sovereignty has been protected for over 800 years by its revered monarchy. The current dynasty, the House of Chakri, has reigned nearly as long as America has existed as a nation and the current king is regarded as the equivalent of a living "Founding Father." And just as it has for 800 years, the Thai Monarchy today provides the most provocative and meaningful answer to the threats facing the Kingdom.
The answer of course is self-sufficiency. Self-sufficiency as a nation, as a province, as a community and as a household. This concept is enshrined in the Thai King's "New Theory" or "self-sufficiency economy" and mirrors similar efforts found throughout the world to break the back of the oppression and exploitation that results from dependence on the globalist system.
A vision of self-sufficiency in Thailand. Agrarian values and the
self-reliance they engender are the hallmarks of real freedom.
The foundation of the self-sufficiency economy is simply growing your own garden and providing yourself with your own food. This is portrayed on the back right-hand side of every 1,000 baht Thai banknote as a picture of a woman tending her garden. The next step is producing surplus that can be traded for income, which in turn can be used to purchase technology to further enhance your ability to sustain yourself and improve your life-style.
The Thai 1000 baht banknote. Left is one of the many dams controlling
floods and producing electricity throughout the Kingdom.
Center is the current King of Thailand.
Right is a depiction of a local garden providing food in a self-sufficient manner.
The New Theory aims at preserving traditional agrarian values in the hands of the people. It also aims at preventing a migration from the countryside into the cities. Preventing such migrations would prevent big agricultural cartels from moving in, swallowing up farming land, corrupting and even jeopardizing entire national food supplies (see Monsanto). Those familiar with the UN's Agenda 21, the more recent UN "Climate Change Program," and the globalist "end game" may understand the deeper implications and dangers of such a migration and why it needs to be stopped.
By moving to the city, people give up private property, cease pursuing productive occupations [our note: they start pushing pencils and selling imported products--not producing anything], and end up being folded into a consumerist paradigm. Within such a paradigm, problems like overpopulation, pollution, crime, and economic crises can only be handled by a centralized government and generally yield political solutions such as quotas, taxes, micromanagement, and regulations rather than meaningful technical solutions.
Also, such problems inevitably lead to a centralized government increasing its own power, always at the expense of the people and their freedom. The effects of economic catastrophe are also greater in a centralized, interdependent society, where everyone is subject to the overall health of the economy for even simple necessities like food, water, and electricity.
A slide presenting the "New
Theory" depicting a manifestation
of greed leading the people from their rural private property and
into a "city of extravagance." If Agenda 21 had an illustrated
cover, this could be it.
The goal of the "New Theory" is to have people return
to the countryside from the cities and develop their communities in a
self-reliant manner. It is, in other words, Agenda 21 in reverse.
Under the "New Theory," demonstration stations all across Thailand have been created promoting education in matters of agriculture and self-sufficient living. The program is competing against the contemporary globalist system, which as of now, is mired in many parts of the world with economic meltdown. The relatively self-sufficient nature of Thais in general has weathered this economic chaos fairly well. In 10 years, a plate of food still costs the same amount of money, as do many everyday commodities. This only further vindicates the value of being self-sufficient and now more than ever, in both Thailand, and abroad, it is a good time to get involved and get self-sufficient.
Globalist Reactionary Hand-Wringing
Of course the head-of-state of a nation almost 70 million strong promoting a lifestyle that cuts the legs out from under the globalist agenda does not sit well with the oligarchical establishment. Their response to this, as it has been with all of Thailand's habitual displays of defiance is something to behold...
...We have begun to seize back the media, now it is time to seize back the other levers of power. Now is the time to recognize true freedom as being self-sufficient as a nation, as a community, and as a household, and start living it everyday. [FINIS]
More information from wikipedia.org... From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhumibol_Adulyadej#Background_to_the_coup--
...During the modern period (post-1988), the structured development of the Royal Projects reached its apex. Bhumibol's [king of Thailand] Chaipattana Foundation was established, promoting his "sufficiency economy" theory, an alternative to the export-oriented policies adopted by the period's elected governments. Following the 2006 coup, establishment of a "sufficiency economy" was enshrined in the constitution as being a primary goal of the government.
The chief proponent of localism in Thailand or moso (Moderation society) is King Bhumibol Adulyadej's "the philosophy of Sufficiency Economy". The foundations of King Bhumibol's theory included sustainability, moderation and broad-based development. The Learning Centre of King Bhumibol’s Philosophy of Economic Sufficiency claimed the concept focused on living a moderate, self-dependent life without greed or overexploitation of, for example, natural resources. After a coup d'état, the military junta claimed that the policies of deposed Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, were inconsistent with the theory. The preamble of the junta's new constitution stated that promotion of self-sufficiency was one of the fundamental roles of the state.
Asia Times Online has published an article...The article also claimed that the protectionism that the Thai government has used will disperse foreign investors and reduce short term cash flow from outside the country. [this reminds me of school days when things like isolationist and protectionism were discussed--any country should be itself and protect itself. 1815...]
The article emphasizes the contradiction between capitalism and self-sufficient economy, which it favor the long-term economic alignment and environmental friendly, that are the main principles in the philosophy, particularly in lowly-regulated market. The Thai model of sustainability is slightly different to western sustainable development. In the western concept of sustainable development, the force that drives the will to save the environment comes from corporations' need. In the Thai model, the driving force comes from basic human psychological state of need. This psychological state of need comes from long government education of the public. The other name for localism in Thailand is called "Buddhist Economics"  [our note: As the world goes up in flames, the visible church offers credit cards, mortgages, insurance, grocery stores, high-heeled shoes, college, and all the trappings. I have personally heard of someone who, until he saw an article about the greedy false prophets on tv, thought that all Christians were greedy. Can you see how somebody can embrace Buddhism and any thing else that offers what seems to be sound answers to the rampant decadence, materialism, mental instability, and debt that they are trying to flee from?]
The philosophy has been made corporeal by Pridiyathorn Devakula, Minister of Finance, who proclaims he is the supporter of the King's self-sufficiency economy or Localism. The examples of his policies that follow the King's localism are: Limiting foreign companies investments that enormously reduce liquidity in Thai economy; regulation and investigation of foreigners' source of fund; and Capital controls that destroyed US$20 billion of market value in one day. As a consequence of capital control and investigation over foreign investors, World Trade Organization (WTO) sent negative feedback to Thailand and doubts the ability of Thailand to continue to be the WTO member .
...Self-sufficiency is being strengthened through the link between nationalism and the King. Criticism over the King's philosophy would be a demonstration that the critics do not respect the King. The philosophy itself is often portrayed as a national barrier that guards Thailand from evil foreign, greedy, scheming capitalists*.
*[I did a search on the etymology of the word capitalism. From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism#Etymology_and_early_usage--The initial usage of the term capitalism in its modern sense has been attributed to Louis Blanc in 1850 and Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in 1861. Marx and Engels referred to the capitalistic system (kapitalistisches System) and to the capitalist mode of production (kapitalistische Produktionsform) in Das Kapital (1867). The use of the word "capitalism" in reference to an economic system appears twice in Volume I of Das Kapital, p. 124 (German edition), and in Theories of Surplus Value, tome II, p. 493 (German edition). Marx did not extensively use the form capitalism, but instead those of capitalist and capitalist mode of production, which appear more than 2600 times in the trilogy Das Kapital.
this brings to mind 1815...Deception XXIII...]
[On another note: We hear about about riots in various places, but we would do well to remember that not every riot in every country is started, fomented, and sustained by the actual law-abiding citizens of that country. Every protest is not legitimate. A call for the overthrow of an established governement has resulted in more than one coup-de-tat. The Bible talks about those who suborned base men in order to stir up trouble (ref. Acts 6:10-15).]