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An Argument for Philippine Social Democracy: Freedom (First of a planned three parts)

In Philippine Issues, Politics on March 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

by Bian Villanueva

I thought this up in the spare time I have between reviewing for long tests and finals. Allow me to provide a short and humble argument for a Social Democratic Philippine State in three parts based on the three core principles of Social Democracy – Freedom, Equality, and Solidarity.

Let us begin with the question: are we truly free?

There is a prevalent misconception with regards to the notion of freedom, in the sense that it has become a freedom of individualist self-exclusion instead of the more tenable collectivist self-inclusion. Freedom is a word that connotes justice, but there is no justice in Philippine society. Read the rest of this entry »

“”Beyond the Spectacle?”: Debunking Popular Notions About Elections

In Elections, History, Philippine Issues, Politics on March 12, 2010 at 9:57 am

by Hansley A. Juliano

With the campaign period for the 2010 Philippine elections kicking into high gear, one might be prone to the pessimistic notions which Jessica Zafra has outlined so succinctly in her Pinoy Elections: A Guide for the Dismayado. To paraphrase: “we are governed by actors and entertained by politicians.” In a sense, I doubt much of our desensitised population would be dissuaded of their notion that politics and artists are of different breeds: one only needs to visit any forum that would host opinions on the upcoming polls to see gems of cynicism such as the following:
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