The morality of self. Back to the caves.

By Joe America When we lived in caves, we thought better than we do now. We found knowledge useful as we chipped out new tools, we established rules to live by, men hunting, women having babies, tribes banding together. Well, okay, we’d occasionally throw virgins into the volcano to appease the powers greater than us. … Continue reading

What drives governments to be so stupid?

By Joe America It is most obvious that many governments today are stupid. They undertake acts certain to punish a lot of innocent people, like us. Why do they do this? We can look at case studies and get some ideas. America. Greed has replaced the neutral trading value of money so that people’s ambitions … Continue reading

The good, the gullible, and the ugly

By JoeAm We are a community, a giant tribe, whose well-being depends on each of us doing our part in protecting the common good. That is where we find security against the wilds and other tribes. It’s how we put food on the table, clothes on our bodies, and a roof overhead. It’s how we … Continue reading

Supporting VP Robredo: or re-learning how to follow

By Joe America The subject here is discretion. Do we, as people who seek freedom, fairness, and security under the Philippine Constitution, have it? Do we have the ability to manage our own agenda to support a woman who is leading an important initiative, the fight against illegal drugs? Do we have the ability to … Continue reading

Democracy in the Philippines will be run by power families forever

By JoeAm I ran a little poll on Twitter to get a sense of how those who inhabit the place and follow me, generally well-read people, see the Philippines developing in the future. There were four choices as shown in the results profile to the right. The fourth choice, translated, read “A Chinese Province”. The … Continue reading