AMM at VICE on lese majeste madness

25 07 2014

Andrew MacGregor Marshall has a story, Thailand’s Military Government Thinks John Oliver Is a Threat to Its Monarchy at VICE.  Well worth a read.  Snippets:

An official document seen by VICE News and marked “highly confidential” shows that the junta that seized power in May is paranoid about Oliver’s activities after he mocked the government and made fun of Thailand’s Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn during the June 22 episode of his HBO show.

He quotes the remarkable Slavoj Žižek:

These absurdities have provided ample fodder for mockery on social media — which the junta has also banned, of course. But while comical, the paranoia of Thailand’s military dictators about seemingly innocuous satire is well founded. As Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek has observed, when ordinary people lose their fear of laughing at the ridiculousness of authoritarian regimes, dictatorships can quickly crumble.

“We all know the classic scene from cartoons: the cat reaches a precipice but goes on walking, ignoring the fact that there is no ground under its feet; it starts to fall only when it looks down and notices the abyss,” he wrote. “When it loses its authority, the regime is like a cat above the precipice: in order to fall, it only has to be reminded to look down.”



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27 07 2014
Anti-monarchy = freedom, balance, equality and democracy | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] couple of days ago PPT posted on a VICE story about the monarchy and the threats imagined by the military dictatorship. The following is an English-language translation of the highly confidential Thai document featured […]

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