Order the spring edition with the warning document here

When there is politics in the courtroom

Fighting for Virtue. Justice and Politics in Thailand
Forfatter: Duncan McCargo
Forlag: Cornell University Press (USA)

THAILAND: A powerful elite in Thailand – Myanmar's neighbor – has for the past decade tried to solve the country's political problems with the courts, which has only exacerbated the situation. In a new book, Duncan McCargo warns against "legalization."

I was aware that academic freedom in Thailand was not too good when I attended the International Convention of Asia Scholars in Chiang Mai in 2017. Still, I was surprised at the sight of armed soldiers guarding the entrance to the conference center, silently watching us parade in with our small nameplates around our necks.

After the conference, the organizers issued a statement saying that our Thai colleagues from the host institution had problems with the authorities because some of the conference participants had not been able to feed themselves to the soldiers: "This is an academic conference, not a barracks," someone had apparently said. in passing. And that was just too good for the military junta, which has ruled Thailand since 2014.

Often harsh judgments are an expression of a lack of empathy and imagination.

Director of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) Duncan McCargo says in his new book, Fighting for Virtue. Justice and Politics in Thailand, also about the pressure that Thailand's academic freedom has been under. A pressure that is exerted not only by the military and the authorities in general, but also by the people themselves, who patrol each other's freedom of thought and expression. During McCargo's fieldwork in 2012, critical professors at Thamassat University were “harassed” by their own colleagues and students.
. . .

- advertisement -

Dear reader. Today you have read some free articles. Come back in a week or so to read more. Or how about drawing Subscription? Then you can read everything (including the magazines). If you are already there, log in to the menu (possibly the mobile menu) at the top.

Nina Trige Andersen
Trige Andersen is a freelance journalist and historian.

You may also likeRELATED
Recommended

Siste artikler

Notification / The government did not strengthen whistleblower protectionThe government did not follow up on the notification committee's proposal, neither about its own notification ombudsman nor its own notification committee.
Finance / Nordic Socialism – Towards a democratic economy (by Pelle Dragsted)Dragsted has a number of suggestions for how employees can get a larger share of the «community cake» – e.g. by shutting them into the corporate executive rooms.
The UN security council / Official Secrets (by Gavin Hood)Katharine Gun leaked information about the NSA's request to the British intelligence service GCHQ to spy on members of the UN Security Council in connection with the planned invasion of Iraq.
3 books on Ecology / The Yellow Vests have the floor,… (by Mads Christoffersen,…)From the Yellow Vests came new forms of organization within production, housing and consumption functions. And with "Degrowth", starting with very simple actions such as protection of water, air and soil. And what about the local?
Society / Collapse (by Carlos Taibo)There are many indications that a definitive collapse is approaching. For many people, the collapse is already a fact.
Radical chic / Postcapitalist Desire: The Final Lectures (by Mark Fisher (ed.) Introduction by Matt Colquhoun)If the left is ever to become dominant again, it must, according to Mark Fisher, embrace the desires that have emerged under capitalism, not just reject them. The left should cultivate technology, automation, reduced working day and popular aesthetic expressions such as fashion.
Climate / 70/30 (by Phie Amb)The opening film at Copenhagen DOX: the young people influenced the climate choices of politics, but Ida Auken is the film's most important focal point.
Thailand / Fighting for Virtue. Justice and Politics in Thailand (by Duncan McCargo)A powerful elite in Thailand – Myanmar's neighbor – has been trying to resolve the country's political problems with the courts for the past decade, which has only exacerbated the situation. In a new book, Duncan McCargo warns against "legalization."
Essay / I was completely out of the worldThe author Hanne Ramsdal tells here what it means to be put out of action – and come back again. A concussion leads, among other things, to the brain not being able to dampen impressions and emotions.
Prio / Silently disciplining researchMany who question the legitimacy of the US wars seem to be pressured by research and media institutions. An example here is the Institute for Peace Research (PRIO), which has had researchers who have historically been critical of any war of aggression – who have hardly belonged to the close friends of nuclear weapons.
Spain / Is Spain a terrorist state?The country receives sharp international criticism for the police and the Civil Guard's extensive use of torture, which is never prosecuted. Regime rebels are imprisoned for trifles. European accusations and objections are ignored.
Covid-19 / Vaccine coercion in the shadow of the corona crisis (by Trond Skaftnesmo)There is no real skepticism from the public sector about the coronary vaccine – vaccination is recommended, and the people are positive about the vaccine. But is the embrace of the vaccine based on an informed decision or a blind hope for a normal everyday life?
Military / The military commanders wanted to annihilate the Soviet Union and China, but Kennedy stood in the wayWe focus on American Strategic Military Thinking (SAC) from 1950 to the present. Will the economic war be supplemented by a biological war?
Bjørneboe / homesicknessIn this essay, Jens Bjørneboe's eldest daughter reflects on a lesser – known psychological side of her father.
Y-block / Arrested and put on smooth cell for Y blockFive protesters were led away yesterday, including Ellen de Vibe, former director of the Oslo Planning and Building Agency. At the same time, the Y interior ended up in containers.
Tangen / A forgiven, refined and anointed basket boyThe financial industry takes control of the Norwegian public.
Environment / Planet of The Humans (by Jeff Gibbs)For many, green energy solutions are just a new way to make money, says director Jeff Gibbs.
Mike davis / The pandemic will create a new world orderAccording to activist and historian Mike Davis, wild reservoirs, like bats, contain up to 400 types of coronavirus that are just waiting to spread to other animals and humans.
Unity / Newtopia (by Audun Amundsen)The expectation of a paradise free of modern progress became the opposite, but most of all, Newtopia is about two very different men who support and help each other when life is at its most brutal.
Anorexia / self Portrait (by Margreth Olin,…)shameless uses Lene Marie Fossen's own tortured body as a canvas for grief, pain and longing in her series of self portraits – relevant both in the documentary self Portrait and in the exhibition Gatekeeper.