Is Marcos greed undermining President Duterte?

By Joe America First, let me thank those who read and comment here, for you provide the insights that I use to try to simplify complex issues. Second, let me ask readers to set aside the issues you may have trouble moving past because they are so troubling. We need to do this to understand the … Continue reading

Senator Angara shows why the Philippines is a failing state

By Joe America What makes a successful state? Success is achieved when laws, institutions, and leaders inspire citizens to work together for the common good. Citizens choose to sacrifice to build something special because it makes their lives better and helps them feel proud. Dictators have a hard time generating success because leaders too often … Continue reading

The character of your associates

By Joe America Associates Group A: Leni Robredo, Risa Hontiveros, Edcel Lagman, Waldon Bello, Solita Collas-Monsod, Abigail Valte, and Leila De Lima. Associates Group B: Alan Cayetano, Manny Pacquiao, Salvador Panelo, Bebot Alvarez, Dick Gordon, Mocha Uson, and Vit Aguirre. Do you see the commonality of character within the two groups, and the differences between them? Hint, … Continue reading

The Rainbow Rebellion, a crowd-sourced opposition

By Joe America Let us suppose that the Philippines is engaged in a to-the-death battle between two very different value systems. One is the old ‘me-first’, tribal system of favor and power. The other is democracy with its attempt to engage everyone equally and fairly. Tribal values have the edge in the Philippines today because … Continue reading

Making a Deal with the Devil: The Faustian Bargain

By Andrew Lim When ancient man figured out that living in groups, specially large ones was more advantageous, he quickly learned how to make a deal- get something by giving up another. The deal could be between two entities: a modus vivendi, or internally, with one’s conscience. In German legend, Faust was an intellectual who … Continue reading