Learning from North Korea

20 09 2014

Once considered an endangered species, it seems that being a dictator in the contemporary world is becoming a little easier. At least there are examples available for the new Thai dictatorship to follow as they repress and oppress.

That said, it does seem that The Dictator, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, who has made himself prime minister and junta leader, while maintaining control of the military and police through proxies, has only one model of propaganda.

As has been the case with the king and monarchy, Prayuth seems to think the appropriate propaganda model is North Korea ++. Like the ++ on Thailand’s bills at hotels and restaurants, the add-ons to the North Korea model are commercial. Even with a commercial approach, North Korea’s approach to The Leader seems to suit The Dictator, as it has suited the king and the palace propagandists.Propaganda Prayuth

In recent days, Nation Books has produced a fawning hagiography of The Dictator that would do the king proud in the way it polishes his posterior in the most unlikely terms.

At the same time, the Propaganda Ministry, also known as the Education Ministry, has released a poem, said to be “based on the Twelve Values Gen. Prayuth said he wants every Thai youth to adopt.” Khaosod reports that “Thai students are now required to memorise the “Twelve Values” bestowed by junta leader and Prime Minister Prayuth…”. The twelve “values” are propaganda pure and simple.

The sycophantic Ministry of Propaganda is also considering how to use these royalist “values” throughout the curriculum. The permanent secretary of the ministry states that “”Many experts are already submitting guidelines about practical application of the values…”.

While the “values” are the usual royalist nonsense about “sufficiency economy” and use the old shibboleth of nation, religion and monarchy, it really does look like Prayuth is replacing the king as the focus of this propaganda.


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10 10 2014
Dictating IV | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] In a related post, we stated that while dictators were once considered an endangered species,dictators seem to be making something of  throwback-comeback. We noted that there were several “models” for the Thai Dictator to follow. We nominated North Korea where there is a cult of personality. […]

16 01 2015
Dictators love dictators | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Comparisons have been made between North Korea and Thailand. Mostly this has revolved around the cult of personality and the king that seems so very Kim-like.More recently, comparisons have been made between the military dictatorship in Thailand and the dictatorship in North Korea. […]

16 01 2015
Dictators love dictators | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] January 16, 2015 · by Political prisoners of thailand · in Uncategorized · Leave a comment Comparisons have been made between North Korea and Thailand. Mostly this has revolved around the cult of personality and the king that seems so very Kim-like.More recently, comparisons have been made between the military dictatorship in Thailand and the dictatorship in North Korea. […]

19 06 2015
North Thailand or North Korea? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] As we have mentioned several times previously, worshiping Dear or Great Leaders in Thailand and North Korea have some essential similarities. […]

19 06 2015
North Thailand or North Korea? | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] As we have mentioned several times previously, worshiping Dear or Great Leaders in Thailand and North Korea have some essential similarities. […]

4 08 2015
Education hub? | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] This is the Thailand where the military dictatorship has made the Ministry of Education a North Kore…. This Ministry of Propaganda is led by an admiral. That military dunce agreed with the North Korean Ambassador to Thailand that “the education systems of both countries are rather similar…”. […]

4 08 2015
Education hub? | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] This is the Thailand where the military dictatorship has made the Ministry of Education a North Kore…. This Ministry of Propaganda is led by an admiral. That military dunce agreed with the North Korean Ambassador to Thailand that “the education systems of both countries are rather similar…”. […]




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