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

“Senator Poe gets it”

By JoeAm I was surprised to read of Senator Poe’s remarks at a Business World conference this morning. She actually made sense and drilled right to the point (rather than talking out of both sides of her mouth seeking to appeal to everyone). So as a regular critic of her mamby pamby populist safe zone … Continue reading