Conquering the enemy deep within

The rise and rise of malicious nationalism in Thailand in recent years is not a good sign.

Early last week, the young Thai singer Image tweeted "Thailand sucks" as she expressed her frustration at the long wait for a public bus in Bangkok. The result? Many ultra-nationalists rebuked her on social media even though delays in public transport are a common problem.

The reactions of these so-called patriots were extreme to say the least. One slammed her as "the betrayer of the nation". Another questioned her very existence: "Born Thai but no love for where you come from. So what were you born for?" Yet another said she was "privileged" to be born Thai: "If you're not happy ... just leave," it read.

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