Defending The Dictator

23 10 2014

It might seem odd to have to defend the dictatorial military ruler of any country. After all, what the The Dictator wants, he usually gets. That often means being treated like a kind of royal, a demi-god.

At the Bangkok Post, Education Minister Adm Narong Pipatanasai – there’s a reasonable chance that, like most admirals, he’s worth a packet! – has defended the trite dicta of The Dictator that have become the equivalent of sufficiency (non)democracy.

A group of students opposed to these “12 core values” and called themselves “Education for Liberation of Siam,” protested at the Education Ministry, accusing it of “thought control” and “launched an online petition to stop the forced recital of the values on http://www.change.org. As of yesterday, 750 people had signed up to the campaign.”Propaganda - Copy

The tired old admiral insisted that thought control is “necessary to cultivate national values among students, adding that teachers will also be required to memorise the 12 principles.”

As a man who has spent his entire career in the hierarchical military, cutting 10-30% off every deal with impunity, and without fear of contradiction from any underling he finds it difficult to understand when his demands and orders meet any opposition. It’s even worse when he thinks his boss is being contradicted. The boss may blame him for a lack of discipline and order from those contrarian students!


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24 10 2014
A lawless regime and its repression | Political Prisoners of Thailand

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25 10 2014
A lawless regime and its repression | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] are considered political opponents for opposing The Dictator’s dicta. Prachatai tells us that the ” junta reportedly called the director of the school to ask […]




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