By Giles Ji Ungpakorn
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About the Author
Gianni Vattimo is emeritus professor of philosophy on the college of Turin and a member of the ecu Parliament. His books with Columbia college Press comprise The accountability of the thinker; Christianity, fact, and Weakening religion: A discussion; now not Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography; Art's declare to fact; After the demise of God (with John D. Caputo); discussion with Nietzsche; the way forward for faith (with Richard Rorty); Nihilism and Emancipation: Ethics, Politics, and the legislations; and After Christianity.
Robert T. Valgenti is assistant professor of philosophy at Lebanon Valley collage and focuses on continental philosophy, hermeneutics, and Italian philosophy.
William McCuaig is the translator of many Vattimo books, together with The accountability of the thinker; Christianity, fact, and Weakening religion: A discussion; no longer Being God: A Collaborative Autobiography; and discussion with Nietzsche.
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Additional info for A Coup for the Rich: Thailand’s political Crisis
In conclusion The 19th September 2006 coup was not just a matter of one section of the Thai political elite seizing power from another. It could not have taken place without the passive support from important sections of the Peoples Movement. The various factions which supported the coup shared a common hatred towards the poor and any pro-poor policies, especially because the Taksin government was harnessing the voting power of the poor to stay in power. This indicates that the poor, either as voters or as social movement activists, will remain a vitally important factor in Thai politics.
In stating that Thailand must be a Democracy, we should not forget that even the junta which staged the coup understood that coups are illegitimate in the eyes of Thai people. They therefore tried to claim that they were “democratic” or that they staged a coup “for Democracy”, even if we know this to be a bare-faced lie. They are little different from previous dictatorships in this respect, for example, the dictatorship of Field Marshall Sarit, who claimed that Thailand was a “Thai-style Democracy”.
D. D. campaigned solely around the middle-class and business class issue of Taksin’s corruption, rather than talking about issues directly relevant to the labour movement and the poor. Of course corruption is an important issue for poor people, but they rightly see that all politicians and business elites are corrupt. In the past, the working class and peasantry had been successfully mobilised on issues such as human rights, democracy, land rights and opposition to privatisation and Free Trade Agreements.
A Coup for the Rich: Thailand’s political Crisis by Giles Ji Ungpakorn