Gender roles, ethics, and you

By Joe America I have become so Filipinized that I watched the black dressed women at the Golden Globe Awards with some amazement. I felt that we . . . that is, the Philippine people . . . are just soooo, sooo far away from that kind of high-powered, organized righteousness that defends women against … Continue reading

Why Filipinos reject freedom

By Joe America Let me step outside the Philippines for a moment, or rather hover above the nation like a drone cam. I’ll look across the landscape and generalize. I admit, these generalizations may not be fair to you or other readers who don’t really fit into my model. I apologize and ask you to … Continue reading

Popularity is a lousy way to run a nation

By Joe America One of the common arguments pro-democracy ‘yellows’ hear from supporters of President Duterte is that his popularity gives him a mandate to lead, and we should follow. Anyone who criticizes the President is being unfair or even unpatriotic. We can see this “popularity” argument is more than just an argument when we … Continue reading

Open discussion: Who, really, is the Filipino, today?

By Joe America The first open discussion thread is getting long. We will leave that one for the lengthier comments that are collecting there to open this new one. I’ll again offer a suggested topic, but it is only a suggestion and is indeed a difficult subject, at least for me. I very much dislike … Continue reading

Open Discussion: All in the family

By Joe America This is an open discussion post. You need not restrain your comments to stay ‘on topic’. Discuss current events or the weather or price of pancit in Batangas, it’s all good. However, there is one topic that is about the most intriguing subject I’ve come across since sliced bread: the Duterte family. … Continue reading