Beyond repressive dystopia

10 01 2016

Chris Hedges in “The Illusion of Freedom” is about the U.S., but could be about Thailand under the military boot:

The longer fantasy is substituted for reality, the faster we sleepwalk toward oblivion. There is no guarantee we will wake up. Magical thinking has gripped societies in the past. Those civilizations believed that fate, history, superior virtues or a divine force guaranteed their eternal triumph. As they collapsed, they constructed repressive dystopias. They imposed censorship and forced the unreal to be accepted as real. Those who did not conform were disappeared linguistically and then literally.

The vast disconnect between the official narrative of reality and reality itself creates an Alice-in-Wonderland experience. Propaganda is so pervasive, and truth is so rarely heard, that people do not trust their own senses. We are currently being assaulted by political campaigning that resembles the constant crusading by fascists and communists in past totalitarian societies. This campaigning, devoid of substance and subservient to the mirage of a free society, is anti-politics.

His observations suggest why a story by Pravit Rojanaphruk at Khaosod, while initially sounding rather depressing for its low expectations, might just be important and hopeful for those wanting to push the repressive dystopia aside.

We won’t detail the whole story, but we do think that the idea of a people’s constitution is worthy of support. Even the idea of challenging the military’s total control of the constitution drafting process makes good political sense.

Involving people from organizations like the Cross Cultural Foundation and the Institute of Human Rights and Peace, while the group is trying to have some influence on the junta charter drafters, they don’t expect much. Defeatist, perhaps, but the idea of an alternative to military domination, direction and dictate seems worthy.


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