When the military is on top XIX

18 04 2018

Many readers will have already seen a Prachatai story regarding the Ministry of Culture’s Fine Arts Department history textbook “History of the Thai Nation,” said to have been published in 2015.

According to the report, the military junta “asked the department to write the book with the goal of fostering ‘national reconciliation’ and a better understanding of Thai history from 400 years ago until present.” Because the bureaucracy has been purged, all that can be expected of such dictatorship driven propaganda is a Fairy Tale of the Thai Nation.

But such fairy tales are deeply disturbing because the junta demands that their version of “history” be “taught.”

One section of the book declares: “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as a PM has reformed the country to be a true democracy, eliminated corruption and used morality to lead the country to true democracy.” Of course, this is a fabrication, a lie and a kind of pornography for The Dictator.

Monarchies, fascist regimes and authoritarians the world over create and protect their national fairy tales (there’s a recent example in Singapore). Thailand has had its fair share of such “revisions” of “official” history, aided and abetted by loyal “academics” and other propagandists, and the junta is the latest in a line of military dictatorships that knows that controlling history is politically important.


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20 04 2018
The junta and the gathering of dark influences | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the corrupt when the military yet again crushed Thailand’s electoral politics in 2014. The junta’s national fairy tale on how “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as a PM has reformed the country to be a true democracy, eliminated […]

20 04 2018
The junta and the gathering of dark influences | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the corrupt when the military yet again crushed Thailand’s electoral politics in 2014. The junta’s national fairy tale on how “Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha as a PM has reformed the country to be a true democracy, eliminated […]