Why ‘panic’ is good policy to fight the coronavirus

By Joe America The coronavirus is a nasty little bug. I think all the calls for “calm” circulating in social media are wrong. ‘Panic’ is a better policy. But I’ll twist the definition a little: Panic, noun, a highly emotionalized energy state in which the mind calculates all the ways one can get a nasty … Continue reading

Eking Out An Opposition

by Wilfredo G. Villanueva Dark with shades of gray, that would be the predominant color of Philippine democracy to a painter. There would be a little pink, that’s Vice President Leni Robredo, representing everything that’s good about the country, hemmed in by the grays, but heroically manifesting herself just the same. Yellow would of course … Continue reading

Philippine national character: obedient or responsible?

JoeAm My son is old enough now to do some healthy introspection, so we have been having a dialogue about how one becomes a healthy, happy, ‘successful’ human being. We’ve started by defining three planks of healthy development: Character Competence Knowledge Our exercise this morning erupted in a riot of laughter. He and I share … Continue reading

On the matter of criminal responsibility for 9 year old kids

By JoeAm House Speaker Arroyo and Senate President Sotto evidently intend to sponsor legislation to allow children as young as 9 years of age to be criminally responsible in the Philippines. The current age for criminal responsibility is 15 years of age. What are we to think of this? The arguments for it are those … 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