In our last update about Nazi merchandise, we had some good news about the Saphan Phut Night Market. Unfortunately, there is no longer good news. It seems the vendor displaying and selling the Nazi flag is still doing so and is even more adamant about that. Last month, our friend Brendan returned to the market and found the flag and a very defensive vendor alongside it.
Buying things for novelty or for whatever reason shows support for the people and ideas that the item represents. Not buying things has been an effective tool in stopping injustice where laws have not worked. An article last week from NPR told an emotional story of an Indian elephant chained up for fifty years has been freed because of a worldwide campaign. Not every abused elephant is so lucky, and elephants used to be forced to walk the streets of Bangkok to earn money by owners selling sugar cane and photo ops despite decades-old legislation prohibiting the practice.
While the news of the "Thai Values" video yesterday with a painting of Hitler saddened us, perhaps it has provided an opportunity for more people to consider the things that they buy and the history and symbolism of those things.