Polarizing the people is the authoritarian’s ultimate weapon. When this happens, the people’s power will be taken away.

From: Rap Against Dictatorship in Thailand

Note–the English subtitles begin at 0:14

I was living in Bangkok during the 2006 coup d’état. While the military take over was peaceful at the time, deadly violence later erupted as anger boiled over in the population which had become polarized into two opposing groups–the red shirts and the yellow shirts. Needless to say, this made it easier to identify those at large rallies who held similar views.

I was excited to find this video since it’s a sign that some Thai artists are taking a stand against a dictatorship which has instituted draconian laws removing their right to speak out against corruption and injustice.

I wish only peace, security and freedom for my former Thai students.

peace~henry

 

Posted by Henry Lewis

Unconventional artist, writer, videographer and teacher. Personal Quote: It isn't easy being me ;-)

7 Comments

  1. I REMEMBER THIS TIME  – SO HOPE STILL SOME GOOD CAN COME OUT OF THIS FOR THE THAI PEOPLE.

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  2. Great quote about polarizing people. That causes us to disconnect from one another. So true. -Rebecca

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    1. Hi Rebecca,

      Yes, polarizing a population into opposing groups–divide and conquer–is an old trick but still seems to work in contexts all over the planet. Thanks for your comment!

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      1. I’ve noticed up close the ill effects that this device has on friends and families. It so quickly makes us warring factions by triggering the biological fight or flight responses.

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      2. True Rebecca. The effects of this deliberate strategy are all too apparent in the USA at the moment.

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      3. Time to retract our communal claws. : )

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