Do you see the difference?

By JoeAm A lot of Filipinos are space cadets. They are children watching cartoons on TV all day, or scaredy cat scouts sitting around the campfire listening to stories about snipes and dreaming of catching one. They are the subject of Kafka’s novels about absurdity, the people doing nonsense because it is simply what they … Continue reading

Are Americans being set up as another enemy for the Philippines?

By JoeAm Tyrants need enemies, for if they did not have them, they could not insist upon using unrestrained power. They would have to follow the law. Enemies are the excuse for suppression and brutality. The Duterte government operates outside the law to fight its various enemies, drug addicts, yellows, critics, NPA, Muslim terrorists, human … Continue reading

Idolatry: The Roots of the Duterte Phenomenon

By Edgar Lores “Idolatry is really not good for anyone. Not even the idols.” — John Bach Introduction We have speculated a great deal about the possible causes of the Philippine cultural malaise. We know that a social disease complex, like an individual one, has many causes. A human disease can be physical or mental. … Continue reading

Thinking Conundrums

By Edgar Lores In a previous post, [1] I opined that there were 3 major defects in Filipino thinking: Erroneous reasoning Categorization Scoping By erroneous reasoning, I meant logic and thinking method. By categorization, I meant classifying a problem under the proper domain. By scoping, I meant defining the perimeters of the problem after one … Continue reading

Race to the bottom: the United States vs the Philippines

  By Joe America People point again and again to the parallels between the presidents of the United States and Philippines. Overbearing autocrats, womanizers, rude language, abrupt knee jerk decisions, unable to bear criticism or media reports they don’t like. Lashing out at critics. “Destabilization plot!” Lies, insults, and inconsistencies. Concocting enemies out of thin … Continue reading