Plots

31 01 2012

There seem to be plots all over the place at present. Interestingly, some plots get more attention than others.

A couple of days ago Sondhi Limthongkul, one of Thailand’s leading conspiricists and leader of the ultra-royalist, ultra-nationalist People’s Alliance for Democracy managed to produce yet another alleged plot by Thaksin Shinawatra to bring down the monarchy and the country through an unlikely alliance of U.S. state power, NGOs, U.S. capitalists and numerous others.

In essence, Sondhi plagiarized nonsensical ideas that draw on anti-globalist ideas and marries them with U.S. Tea Party, libertarian, and extremist and conspiricist groups.

Sondhi joins a group that rejects global warming, taxation and fluoride, thinks governments poison water, wants to legalize all drugs, rejects NGOs and people’s movements as U.S. plots, and sees Obama as “the megalomaniac front man for a postmodern coup by the intelligence agencies, using fake polls, mobs of swarming adolescents, super-rich contributors, and orchestrated media hysteria to short-circuit normal politics and seize power.”

Has the opposition Democrat Party repudiated this kind of deranged conspiracy nonsense when applied to Thailand? Of course they haven’t. They are, and since 2005 have been, twinned with PAD and Sondhi.

Another claimed plot that the Democrat Party advertises and says it sincerely believe is an alleged plot to overthrow the monarchy.

The Democrat Party’s Chuan Leekpai has recently restated this claim, building on the words of other members of the party who have constructed the notion of a plot since the anti-monarchy plot map. Chuan hasn’t provided any evidence apart from a claim that there are “unsigned petitions or CDs” but says: “I am [concerned] by an underground movement to attack the monarchy…”. He adds: “… there is a movement under way.”

The plot that the Democrat Party rejects is, according to The Nation, the plot to get rid of the Puea Thai-led government.

In returning to the worst traditions of the biased journalism at The Nation, it describes this plot as a “mysterious so-called plot to overthrow the government, as concocted by some Pheu Thai Party figures…”. Notice that the rag hasn’t said anything like this about the aforementioned plots, probably because it buys them.

This plot was a claim by Puea Thai spokesmen that “four groups from business, academia, the military and mass media were planning to topple the Pheu Thai-led government.”

The always disingenuous Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva didn’t see any “movement to bring down the government.” He then accused the government of “stirring up social conflict that could lead to street violence…”.

Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut, who has trumpeted the anti-monarchy plot, said the story lacked “truth and substance” and then “threatened to take legal action against the government figures making the claim.”

Actually, PPT doesn’t really believe that there is plotting to overthrow the government. Plotting means to secretly make plans to carry out an illegal or harmful action. In fact, the planning has been done and the actions aimed at bringing down the Yingluck Shinawatra are underway and are hardly secret. Disloyalty claims, lese majeste action, court cases, impeachment moves, claims of anti-monarchy plots, military opposition, and so on have been implemented since the day the royalist parties were rejected.

The Yingluck government seems remarkably somnolent on the actions being taken against it. Hoping that they will go away or trying to satiate the royalist monster is a doomed political strategy. Did they learn nothing from the events of 2006 and 2008?

PAD demonstrators in 2008 (Photo: The Telegraph)


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5 02 2012
Abhisit: no free speech here « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the censorship of Nitirat. He doesn’t censure his spokespersons for inciting hatred or spreading nonsensical conspiracy plots. He doesn’t speak out for freedom of expression. No, he supports authoritarianism, hierarchy, […]

5 02 2012
Abhisit: no free speech here « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] against the censorship of Nitirat. He doesn’t censure his spokespersons for inciting hatred or spreading nonsensical conspiracy plots. He doesn’t speak out for freedom of expression. No, he supports authoritarianism, hierarchy, […]




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