PM Prayuth recommends the people to read Animal Farm by G. Orwell

Lieutenant General Werachon Sukondhapatipak the Deputy Government Spokesperson revealed on the 29th of this month (29 May 2019), that the Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha has recommended the people to read the book Animal Farm by George Orwell Thai translated version.


The Prime Minister recommends this book because it is a very interesting book that can teach people greatly in the lessons of life and how to live through life in a good way. The recommendation went on trend in Twitter shortly after the news came out, and the comments from the people were showing some confusion towards the relation of Animal Farm and Prayuth.


Professor Dr. Jetsada Denduangboriphan from the Faculty of Science at Chulalongkorn University stated on Facebook, “Did Uncle really read Animal Farm and understood the message delivered by the writer through his book. It’s a book that warns against danger from totalitarianism. A book sarcastically mentioning how human society seized power over others or is uncle starting to change his mind, maybe also try reading 1984.”.


Credit: Khaosod
Credit: Khaosod


George Orwell states through his point of view that after a revolution, power should not be held by a specific group of people or total power towards an individual to control the rest of society. Power can turn into corruption that can lead to self-centered focused power.


Throughout his book, Orwell uses the pig as Napoleon that becomes more greedy and selfish with more power and control. DJ Suharit Siamwalla also posted that the people should read a summary of Animal Farm recommended by the Prime Minister. The main lesson from the book is “Absolute Power, Corrupts Absolutely” (-Lord Acton). The book also expresses main lessons that come from the combination of an individual or a group of people who hold power and how the power can affect them as a person upon the people and society under their control.


FB Caption: Power Corrupts, and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely. – Lord Acton, British Historian.


Source: Khaosod, enotes