The Dictator’s paternalism

5 07 2015

The Bangkok Post reports on yet another of The Dictator’s television broadsides on Thai society, its politics and his view of “problems.” In this one, as well as a string of other things, self-appointed premier General Prayuth Chan-ocha had words for the Dao Din students.

He stated, “I will not reprimand or blame them for the actions,” and he claimed the students are “pure” in intent.

But then he returned to the paternalism that is one of the hallmarks of the military’s politics and rule, stating: “”Please use your discretion and avoid being misled by those trying to use you by giving you false information.”

As the students themselves have stated, this claim is nonsensical. Like so many other claims by The Dictator and his minions, it is delusional and self-interested.

Prayuth offered a kind of “deal” for the students. He demanded that the “student activists to obey rules and laws, do their duty and protect their good profiles for the sake of their own future.” Of course, that’s how Prayuth prefers and understands the world as one large military-like paternalistic hierarchy.

The deal is: knuckle under, obey the rules and laws set by the military dictatorship, and cooperate with the junta and your “cases would be taken care of…”.


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7 07 2015
More paternalism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] In an earlier post PPT wrote of The Dictator’s paternalism as a marker of military dominance and rule in hierarchical Thailand. […]

7 07 2015
More paternalism | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] In an earlier post PPT wrote of The Dictator’s paternalism as a marker of military dominance and rule in hierarchical Thailand. […]