Athena-like Wisdom

With the Athena-like wisdom for which she is renowned, Electoral Commission member Sodsri Sattayatham has revealed that a party with the name ‘Socialist’ in its title has been banned, because “…a “socialist” party could be defined as a “communist” party, and the commission ruled that the name may violate democracy.” Does she know there is a difference between socialism and communism? Does she know that a number of Communist parties around the world participate happily in democratic elections and have in some cases (in India and Europe) represented their electors with distinction?
Presumably not because Khun Sodsri then equates anyone interested in establishing such a party with being a subversive: “Mrs Sodsri called on the national security agencies to monitor the activities of people who tried to set up a party under a socialist system with a different name.”
People who wonder why the left has failed to establish a viable political party in Thailand over the years might reflect upon the answer: every such attempt is suppressed by the establishment using laws the establishment itself creates and administers and supplementing this with violence when deemed necessary.

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JW has been one of the first contributors to this blog before he gave up on it all in April 2010, during a time when Thai society got more and more polarized about political matters because of red-shirt protesters.

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