¡Viva la revolución! | 25.01.06

Thirayuth Boonmi exposes the Thaksin government's sinister design:

แต่แนวทุนกำกับรัฐที่เกิดมากในรัฐบาลนี้จะถอดรื้อทุกสิ่งทุกอย่าง ตั้งแต่ความเชื่อ ค่านิยม ทรัพยากร อำนาจรัฐ ระบบราชการ การศึกษา องค์กร สถาบันต่างๆ เพื่อเอามาเพิ่มมูลค่าให้ทุน (ทักษิณเป็นมหากูรูของการถอดรื้อแนวคิดธุรกิจด้านสื่อสาร เอาสัมปทานอำนาจรัฐ ซึ่งถูกตีราคาไม่เท่าไรไปเพิ่มขยายจนเป็นทุนให้ตัวเองได้เกือบแสนล้านบาท) วิธีการที่ใช้ตามทฤษฎีนี้มีอยู่ชุดหนึ่ง เช่น ตัดของที่ล้าสมัยทิ้งไป ทำ (รัฐ บริษัท) ให้เล็กลง (downsizing outsourcing) เอามาปัดฝุ่นใหม่ (rebranding) รื้อแล้วเอามาเชื่อมโยงแบบหลวมๆ เป็นเครือข่าย (networking) เป็นกลุ่ม (clustering) มาจัดเรียงใหม่ (สร้าง value chains)

ทั้งหมดก็เพื่อให้เกิดมูลค่าเพิ่ม ลดต้นทุนค่าใช้จ่าย เพิ่มประสิทธิภาพ ฯลฯ

But this trend of the capital directing the state, which takes place a lot under this government, will disassemble everything, from beliefs, values, resources, state power, bureaucracy, education, organizations, [to] institutions, in order to add value to capital. (Thaksin is a super-guru of disassembling the telecommunications business paradigm, taking a government concession that was valued not so much and expanding it into almost capital worth almost a hundred-billion baht.) There’s a set of methods used in accordance with this theory, such as getting rid of outmoded things, downsizing (downsizing, outsourcing), renovating (rebranding), disassemble and reconnect loosely in a network (networking) or a group (clustering), [and] reordering (create value chains).

All this is to add value, cut costs, increase efficiency etc.

And all this should go straight into the TRT Party ad. Hey, it’d signal the prime minister’s openness toward criticisms!

13:48 ▪ politics

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Naphat 26.01.06

You’ve captured an extract from his presentation that I most dislike. Ajarn Thirayuth seems to be making too much of a sensation out of his annual appearance with his usual plethora of catch-phrases. He tries to explain his approach here :

If I use the same terms as the ones that are taught in classes, people would stop reading or paying interest.

I think it’s regrettable given that the paraphrased jargon and ‘isms distract from his social commentary. While most newspapers led with the second half of his speech of criticizing the TRT and the PM, the first part to me is more interesting.

Thirayuth sees the steering/issues resolution mechanism set out by the current constitution are being plagued with the following issues:

1. Mechanisms of the constitution contradict each other leading to stalemate [see Auditor-General impasse]

2. Interference of money politics

3. Mechanisms for check and balance are so unduly dominated that they have ceased to function

This has led to a situation where people’s discontent has bottled up, and may escalate into violence. He goes on to suggest a constitutional reform to strengthen independent constitutional bodies and calls for ethics to become a central pillar of Thai society. Even suggests a slogan for an anti-corruption drive:

คอรัปชั่นบาทเดียว 19 ล้านเสียงก็ช่วยไม่ได้

19 million votes can’t help you even if there’s only one baht of corruption

I’m trying to figure out why your coverage of him here is so negative. I guess the press establishment here pays so much attention to him because of his role in the student uprising that toppled the military in 1973 and they tend to give him the benefit of doubt.

For an alternative view, see this article on Thirayuth and one of his fellow student leaders. [Congrats, by the way – your site is the top search result for ‘Thirayuth Boonmi’]