I have been learning as I go here, trying to explore the intricacies (and they are endless) of Thai politics. In doing so, I've mostly kept opinions about what is right and wrong, and which side might prevail, to myself. Each camp has a story to tell - each side is right, and often wrong. Plus, this is not my country, and it's not my struggle.
But there is one thing that I often want to say to people, but don't: That much of Bangkok is way out of touch with the rest of Thailand. This electoral majority of Red is treated dismissively, written off as a dangerous liability, or a puppet army paid to protest. It's far more complicated than that, and these people deserve better. Until the reds get the consideration they demand, and the ruling elites realize that these people deserve some respect, the divide can only grow wider.
On that note, here's a story I wrote recently about cooking upcountry. It's about food, but it's also about the perceived divisions between Thai people.
It's impossible to cook a meal these days in Isaan, and not discuss politics. It seasons everything these days.