by Chief Ali
A strange thing has been happening in Thailand, people are speaking out against the King and the monarchy, and the country has declared a state of emergency. Protests have been occurring all year long but the state of emergency was only declared after a recent protest on October 14 when protestors blocked a royal motorcade.
In Thailand, which continues a monarchy, disrespect against the King or the royal family is illegal and punishable with three to fifteen years of imprisonment. This is why, in a country that also happens to have the world’s wealthiest monarch, it’s very notable when protests occur.
From a first glance, it might seem then that these recent protests are nothing more than an example of poor and working-class colonized people rising against their exploitative backward leader, but to effectively judge these protests means we need to examine the history and the economic reality at play.
Protests worldwide have been increasingly common, especially since many governments worldwide failed to handle Coronavirus. While protests in u.s. against racism and brutality managed to draw over a million people to the streets, the protests in Thailand have only been able to draw 10,000 or so.
Thailand is also unique because it was never officially colonized in modern history. Instead, it has always been able to defend against colonization by being passive to the colonizers. While neighboring Myanmar was being colonized by the united kingdom, while Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam were colonized by France, Thailand was permitted to act as a “neutral” buffer in between the two colonizers.
This neutrality proved to be lethal to the poor and working colonized whose land and bodies were infected with chemical weapon pesticides.
But to maintain this semi-autonomy, the Thai state continually needed to move their people around like chess pieces. In World War II, after Japan invaded, Thailand agreed to declare war against the Allied powers including the united snakkkes and the United Kingdom. Later in the 1970s during Viet Nam’s Resistance War Against amerikkka (the “Vietnam War”), Thailand allowed the u.s. to use its land and air bases against the Vietnamese people.
So while not an official colony, with leaders, propped up by colonial powers, Thailand’s leadership and means of survival relies on being submissive neocolonial sellouts to larger colonial powers.
Even today, Thailand’s king has a 40 billion dollar net worth and spends most of his time ruling from abroad in Germany the home of famous colonizers Marx and Hitler, notorious white leftists.
While Thailand’s economy has suffered due to the pandemic, Thailand’s wealthy neocolonial ruling class will be just fine since the country has the largest wealth disparity between rich and poor.
Similar to Thailand, the economy and government in amerikkka have been feeling the pressure all year long. Unlike them, amerikkka’s main economic rival, the People’s Republic of China, China has even managed to contain the virus and grow its economy.
As one response, the u.s. has been encouraging protests in several regions of China, in particular, Hong Kong. In addition, the u.s. has been putting the pressure on countries and companies worldwide who have good relations with China, which includes Thailand.
If we follow the money, Thailand’s biggest trading partner is China, and putting all these facts together, some have suggested that the u.s. is trying to encourage these protests in Thailand with amerikkkan-funded groups.
The main issue
The poor and working-class people of Thailand deserve to have dictatorship over their lives, land, labor, and resources. Right now they are being exploited twice — once from their kingdom and a second time from the global system of colonialism.
The monarchy keeps the wealth disparity high by exploiting the working class, and white power colonialism is what has kept the parasitic monarchy in place until this day, even when neighboring countries like Laos, Viet Nam, and China have put in place more just and equitable systems.
But like all problems that colonized people face, the root issue is colonialism. For the people of Thailand to truly be free, they need to throw off the neocolonial sellout parasites and help end colonialism worldwide. They need not just small protests led by u.s. funded “human rights” groups, but they need an organization that represents and builds their strength.