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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The End of Philippine Democracy?

The End of Philippine Democracy?
Thirty Years After Toppling Dictatorship, Philippines' Flawed Democracy Hasn't Narrowed Inequality
The Philippine political oligarchs and economic model is the perfect reflection of today's US Republican philosophy.  
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” George Santayana once famously said. A country with no sense of history has no future, because it is the remembrance of the past successes and failures, which undergirds a collective sense of purpose and provides a roadmap for nation-building
more importantly, the Philippines is hardly a genuine democracy, given how a fairly coherent and small oligarchy has been dominating the country’s political and economic landscape for more than a century. In this sense, what is needed is neither a bloody revolution nor autocratic role — both of which can go very wrong, as past experiences show — but instead a gradual, systematic reform towards substantive democracy, where citizens can truly benefit from actual freedom from fear, hunger, and injustice -

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