The Philippines needs a “New Leftist Party”

Opinion By Joe America The Philippine leftist agenda is bogged down in stubborn adherence to ideals sprouted in the 1950’s. They’ve calcified around mottoes and policies that just don’t work. Lenin played guitar for the Beatles, we all know. Except they don’t. The US is not imperialist anymore, we all know. They don’t. Overthrow of … Continue reading

The myth that 16 million DDS are in charge of the Philippine agenda

OPINION By Joe America We often look at leaders like Presidents Trump and Duterte and say they are ‘populists”, as if they are in power for and by the people. But that is a myth. Popularity does not drive either president. Vested interests do. The appeal to popular themes is merely a device, a marketing … Continue reading

Policy and moral distortions in the Philippines

Analysis and Opinion By Chemrock The previous Society of Honor blog pondered on the difficulties of understanding Malacanang’s love for China, and the intelligent exchanges between two prolific commenters on the failure of the Green Revolution in part due to World Bank guidance that hid an agenda for US imperialism. What have these two issues … Continue reading

Weaponizing humor

By Joe America Laughter is great medicine, if hard to find when people in the vicinity are being grim. It’s also like the point of a spear if aimed correctly, or a shield if needed to parry a blow. President Duterte is a master of humor as a weapon. He uses off color and womanizing … Continue reading

Modern societies are ignoring laws. That leads to raw power.

By JoeAm Have you noticed, laws no longer mean much? They are ignored (EJKs) or trashed (good bye to early prison release) or weaponized (opposition is ‘seditious’ and tax laws are used to silence troublesome journalists). What are laws, really? Laws are contracts between people. They define what is right, what is allowable, what is … Continue reading