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

“Good bye, Hong Kong. It was good to know you.”

By JoeAm Those of us who have been around a long time can tell of huge changes in the way we were until now. Black and white television is now streamed Netflix. The farm where I grew up is now city, so congested that I have trouble finding my way back home again for lack … Continue reading

Self-dealing defeats humanity

By JoeAm Democracy has proved to be rough going. It is a political process. Politics is agenda pushing, agenda-pushing becomes self-dealing, and self-dealing defeats democratic values. Human rights then get in the way. We see it in the US and UK. We are living it in the Philippines. Actually, the Philippines has had a self-dealing … Continue reading

Bully Boys in the West Pacific

By JoeAm Democracy is an idealized form of government that has proved hard to manage because most ‘leaders’ are inept or crooked. Dictatorships or other forms of authoritarian rule are better understood by people who are not educated or who are lazy, crooked, or brutal themselves. They can’t conceptualize freedom and link it to inspiration. … Continue reading

The Philippines under China’s authority

By JoeAm The past is dead. Those good old Western-inspired ideals featuring freedom and fairness, truth, compassion and honor have been supplanted by Chinese-inspired ideals featuring control and favor, lies, brutality and utility. This is not speculation. This is the real world in the Philippines, today. Press freedom? Dead. Freedom of speech? Dead. Fairness under … Continue reading