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By Stellan Vinthagen

The U.S. civil rights move, anti-apartheid protestors in South Africa, and Gandhi’s fight for Indian freedom are all robust illustrations of nonviolent motion that successfully caused switch. In A idea of Nonviolent motion, Stellan Vinthagen attracts on those examples in addition to a wealthy number of different ancient social occasions that signify nonviolence routine that mixed resistance and positive change.

With this groundbreaking ebook, Vinthagen presents the 1st significant systematic try and increase a idea of nonviolent motion in a long time, making this crucial analyzing for a person concerned with the learn of nonviolence activities.

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In the twentieth century, as monarchy after monarchy toppled around the world and a bloodless revolution in Siam stripped the king of absolute power, the palace and its supporters set out to revive and reinvent royalism to safeguard their continued relevance and power. As Benedict Anderson has observed, ‘“Royalism” in the sense of an active quest for real power in the political system by the royal family … persists in a curiously antique form in contemporary Siam’ (Anderson, 1978). A famous lecture by Prince Dhani Nivat in 1946, with Bhumibol in the audience, was a key moment in this process of reimagining royalty.

Bhumibol had been estranged from Queen Sirikit for two decades, and his son and heir, Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, was regarded as a cruel and corrupt womanizer, reviled by most Thais. The king’s second daughter, Princess Sirindhorn, was the overwhelming favourite of the Thai people to succeed her father, even though her gender and royal tradition seemed to render this impossible. As Boyce wrote: In a shot heavy with unintentional meaning on Friday, the television broadcast showed the unpopular Crown Prince reading a message of congratulations to the King, who was seated on the royal balcony above the Prince.

In Buddhism, the concept of a good friend is very important. And a good friend is someone who is willing to tell you the truth, willing to criticize you, telling you your weaknesses. As human beings, we all have weaknesses. And sometimes we know, sometimes we don’t… And unfortunately, either with kingship or presidency or whatever, when you are so high up, people flatter you. And they flatter you so often, you believe them. (Sulak, 1992) Elder statesman Anand Panyarachun, a member of the king’s inner circle, told US ambassador Boyce in 2007 that he was worried about the effect of this environment on Bhumibol’s mental health: Anand said he was less concerned about the King’s physical health than about his ability to receive objective advice and to benefit from the company of friends.

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