Discussion Topic: Authoritarianism and the Stateless Society

Your mission if you agree to accept it . . . The real JoeAm?   JoeAm will be on family vacation for two weeks, returning in early May. He drops off this blog as a voluntary mission for readers, ala “Mission Impossible”.    Here’s the framing: The Philippines is an authoritarian society. Interpersonal rivalries are … Continue reading

Chaos, Hallucinations, Order, Suicide

This study of East/West cross-cultural differences leads me to believe that we all live in an artificial reality that is the construct of our upbringing and our limited capacity to think. We walk a hallucination most days. So if this blog seems a little far out, just sit back and enjoy the ride. We are … Continue reading

The Arrogance of the Righteous

Righteous Brothers My thanks to “J” at The Nutbox for couching the Sabah conflict a while back in terms that make impeccable sense. That discussion inspired this article. Perhaps I will say much the same thing, in far less eloquent words. My views herein are shaded by the knowledge that the Righteous Brothers, a popular singing … Continue reading

Philippine Media: The Lay of the Land

This blog is a little different, as I search for order rather than meaning. Indeed, many of you may already know these media, but it is a process of discovery for me. I have read repeatedly about Philippine news reporting being shallow and sensationalist. But it has only lately crystallized in my mind how damaging … Continue reading

The Tipping Point to Philippine Prosperity

Source: The Inquirer I read a strange article in the Inquirer last week. The headline read: “Widespread Philippine indifference towards overseas Filipinos“. The point of view was from those who attended the “2nd Global Summit of Filipinos in the Diaspora” in late February in Makati. Neglect was the main mien of the party as President … Continue reading