Filipinos and Unity

By Irineo B. R. Salazar Joe recently mentioned that Marcos Jr. used unity well as a slogan. Even as someone who is “Pink” I accept that, knowing that unity has been a persistent theme of Filipino nationalism ever since the IDEA of a Filipino nation first arose. Think of the Philippines then, with no common “native” tongue, local elites barely … Continue reading

Laws and Outlaws

Analysis and Opinion By JoeAm Outlaws are what cowboys called criminals in the American Wild West. Generally they were the band of robbers, rustlers, and killers on the run. In the Philippines, we call them LGU heads, legislators, and presidents. That’s a joke, eh? Well, maybe. A lot of people in the Philippines don’t respect … Continue reading

Filipino cultural issues that cause much harm

Analysis and Opinion By Andrew Lim FILIPINO CULTURAL ISSUES THAT CAUSE MUCH HARM:  1. Why are Filipinos so tribal minded? 2. Why do Filipinos use family as justification for corruption? The 2022 election season has brought into focus once more two perennial, problematic issues that are so backward and harmful and I do not understand … Continue reading

Free speech and cancel culture

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Free speech is the idea, enshrined in laws, that people ought not be restrained in what they say because ideas help social development. But free has an asterisk attached that says free also means responsible. You can’t make bomb jokes in an airport, or threaten someone with physical harm … Continue reading

Earth’s End Game

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America We are approaching earth’s end game, for humans. We’ve destroyed the environment, overpopulated the place, and stuffed it full of poison-emitting machines, all in the name of progress. Ethical harmony and compassionate community-building, founded on truth and progress, have given way to self-dealing power games founded on manipulation and … Continue reading