Filipino cultural issues that cause much harm

Analysis and Opinion By Andrew Lim FILIPINO CULTURAL ISSUES THAT CAUSE MUCH HARM:  1. Why are Filipinos so tribal minded? 2. Why do Filipinos use family as justification for corruption? The 2022 election season has brought into focus once more two perennial, problematic issues that are so backward and harmful and I do not understand … Continue reading

What will you do if Marcos wins?

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America The Philippines is not just its President. It is lands and seas and people, businesses and rebels. It’s a huge ship in the Pacific largely going nowhere. What can Marcos do that Duterte has not? Kill innocents? Jail people for spite? Punish television stations that are disloyal? Coddle corruption? … Continue reading

Free speech and cancel culture

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Free speech is the idea, enshrined in laws, that people ought not be restrained in what they say because ideas help social development. But free has an asterisk attached that says free also means responsible. You can’t make bomb jokes in an airport, or threaten someone with physical harm … Continue reading

Zelenskyy, the man, the machine

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America Somewhere between hero and puppet lies the truth about Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. I’ve read both opinions here at the blog and on social media. He’s a courageous hero. He’s a puppet of oligarchs, a corrupt bum. My view? Today’s incessant simplification of complex situations into one-liners that define a … Continue reading

Living a Lie

Analysis and Opinion By Joe America We all live a lie, using crutches to keep us anchored and prevent us from going crazy in the unpredictability, risk, and stresses of events we cannot control. My pen name, Joe America, is a lie that keeps my family safe and readers guessing. The idealized America that I’ve … Continue reading