Tragedy of denial in the Philippines

By JoeAm I hope you had the opportunity to read Chemrock’s article entitled Tragedy of the Commons in the Philippines. It gets right to the heart of the personal and social malaise that infests the country leading to bad behaviors, bad decisions, and bad results. Poverty is the worst of the outputs. State-sanctioned murder is … Continue reading

Tragedy of the Commons in the Philippines

By Chemrock Juan has a few cows which graze daily in the small field outside the village, together with scores of other cows that belong to fellow villagers. He makes a decent living from milk production. An opportunity came for Juan to double his herd. He knows nothing about optimum herd size, but he has … Continue reading

The Philippines needs a wooden statue of Senator De Lima

By JoeAm I was awestruck by the outpouring of faith by Filipinos at the procession of the Black Nazarene. Around a million Filipinos hit the streets to profess their faith in . . . in . . . in . . . I am not sure what, in miracles? In Mary? In Jesus? In God? … Continue reading

Adopt technocracy to reach competence, not federalism to spread incompetence

By JoeAm A recent blog article on electricity by Chemrock raised the point that government services are only as good as the people managing them. Readers debated privatization versus government ownership of electrical and other utility services but there could be no resolution because the deal killer always is the poor managers who run things … Continue reading

When government is busy blowing smoke . . .

By JoeAm Lunacy simply defined is a departure from reality where reality is an accurate reading by our senses of our surroundings. If our emotional or intellectual capacities are damaged in any way, then our readings may be wrong and self-punishing. Instead of what “is”, we risk overlaying the real world with what enters our … Continue reading