Sunday dictator “fun”

7 06 2015

We missed this about a week ago. It doesn’t need our commentary, but The Dictator might consider his approach to politics.

We are sure he won’t, because all dictators know everything and are correct on everything, by definition.





Uneducate

9 12 2014

The use of a Hitler image in a propaganda film lauding Thailand’s dictator General Prayuth Chan-ocha and promoting his “values” has caused some concern. The film is part of a series of propaganda films about Prayuth’s rightist and conservative Thai values or Thai Niyom.

Khaosod reports that Kulp Kaljaruek, the director of the propaganda film 30, is from the Kantana Group, one of the largest television and film production companies in the country. Like so many other rich kids, he has his position and opportunities because Kantana is owned by his daddy.

Rich kids in Thailand usually get a privileged education at expensive schools and universities. They are usually selected, based on brand, expensiveness and political values as the “finishing schools” for spoiled offspring. The film shows just the kind of rich kid school preferred by the elite.

A pro-government supporter gestures towards the red-shirt barricade during counter-protest rally on Silom Road in Bangkok, 2010

The “educated” show their learning

We don’t know Kulp’s educational background, but the interview reported at Khaosod suggests that he is “uneducate,” like so many of Thailand’s elite.

His lack of education begins with a note on the film at about 20 seconds in, where it is stated in English that the Thai Niyom films are: “Movies in Honer [sic.] of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.” Apart from being a possible lese majeste issue, the idea that the king is a honer or a tool, might ring true for many.

Apart from not understanding why a film that displays the world of the rich is useful propaganda for the rich, unless the military considers them suspect, the failure of rich kid education is on display in the director’s interview.

First, he shows he is an airhead. On using a Hitler image, Kulp says: “I didn’t think it would be an issue…. As for Hitler’s portrait, I have seen so many people using it on T-Shirts everywhere. It’s even considered a fashion. It doesn’t mean I agree with it, but I didn’t expect it to be an issue at all.” Insular, unread, vacant.

Second, as he “explains” his foolishness further, Kulp states:

“[Hitler] is the character of this child,” Kulp explained, referring to the protagonist in the short film: a spoiled, wealthy schoolboy who always gets his way. “He’s always been ‘number one,’ and he’s selfish.”

“Hitler is also a ‘number one,’ in a bad way,” Kulp continued. “He was good at persuading a lot of people, but he refused to listen to the majority. He was always arrogant. That’s why the war happened.”

Hitler’s arrogance caused the war? Hmm. He obviously didn’t read European History if he went to school or university.

Berlin, Germany..... Two heads that bow as one, Herr Adolf Hitler, Dictator of Germany (left), bids bon voyage to King Prajadhipok of Siam, when the latter, accompanied by his queen, left Berlin following their extended visit to Germany's capital. This modern ruling family does all its traveling by airplane, while in Europe, at least.

Berlin, Germany. Adolf Hitler, Dictator of Germany bids bon voyage to King Prajadhipok of Siam, following an extended visit to Berlin.

Third, he then expresses a lack of awareness of politics in Thailand (or, he simply lies):

“I don’t want to convey anything,” said Kulp, who has worked on another state-sponsored film honouring the Thai monarchy. “I didn’t want to have anything to do with politics. I didn’t want my film to affect anyone.”

Of course, honoring the monarchy and producing propaganda is deeply political.

Producing propaganda films for a military-monarchy regime is an exercise in fascism that has a very long history amongst royalists in Thailand.





Police state and FACT on the “new tsunami of political repression”

5 11 2009

PPT has been warning of the rapid slide towards repression by the Democrat Party-led coalition government. Others seem to agree taht the situation is deteriorating rapidly. We provide two excellent examples here.

Police state: PPT noticed this short piece in the InMedia column of the Bangkok Post (5 November 2009: “Baan muang columnist Chalarm Kheo”). We don’t have immediate access to the source, but felt PPT readers might be interested in seeing the Post version, in full, here:

“Thailand is looking more and more like a police state. As I write this, I am struck by the news that two persons have been charged with feeding untrue information through a computer system which undermined the security of the nation. They have been accused of spreading rumours about the King’s health.

Apparently a translation of a foreign news article is at the heart of this case. This incident is too scary for me.

The rumours caused the SET index to plunge, and those who hate deposed prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra quickly claimed that his brother and two other persons were responsible for spreading the bad news.

Key government figures promptly ordered the police to arrest people who spread the rumours. The police initially hesitated, as the alleged crime was a violation of the Computer Crimes Act. Nonetheless, the issue was magnified as a threat against national security.

It is laughable that one can be arrested for translating news and posting it on a website. Indeed, Thailand is looking more like Germany when it was run by Adolf Hitler and his secret police. No one is safe when their private email can be monitored.”

The new tsunami of political repression: FACT begins this way: “Politicians can be so entertaining. Sometimes we laugh so hard we cry. Of course, the posturing and bluster of politicians always leads to the truth being forgotten as they try to distance themselves from any issue which could interfere with their position at the public trough. We’re still trying to make some sense over Thailand’s recent tsunami of political repression.” Read all of this important statement here.








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