IS it just Facebook? I don't know. Are we human beings really doomed as hell? Just in case our chosen political leader didn't make it? What if Donald Trump wins? Or Hillary Clinton? Will ONE president make a country what it is? Really? People show disgust and frustration with the system--online. Why do we instead go out there and usher change right in our community?
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Moreover, the countries that I enumerated above, for long periods during their ascent as a modern democracy, social democrats have had a large influence on their legislation and government policy. As a result, certainly by American standards, these countries can be considered socialist. They tend to favor government influence or regulation over free market dynamics. They're all in the top twenty of the world's richest nations.
Yet I still maintain that whatever a president's sociopolitical agenda is—socialism, democracy, donut freedom—if the people don't abide by it or this mode of governance doesn't gain public support, that administration will fall. I don't need to cite historical records.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
More talk. The work not the worker, the art not the artist. Future shocking. Political candidates and political platforms.
In the 90s, back home in the Philippines, I sat with a respected team of political/economic thinkers to help (the late) Sen. Roco's first presidential campaign. The country wasn't as bad as the last years of the Marcos regime that time. There were good stuff--we just have to carry on “rebuilding” and believing. I believed my candidate was the best among those who ran. Yet Joseph “Erap” Estrada, who was later on disgraced out of power, lopsidedly won. In time, after I left the country, I realized why we lost. Elections aren't about the best person--it is about winning. It is about slogans and one-liner blurbs and speeches that instigate applause. Yet that was only the surface of leader/people nation-building. Next and the most important is how the people work to make sure that what we were promised are delivered. A leader meanwhile had to work around powerful variables while seated--especially how to work around a usually divided Congress and the influence of the corporate One Percent. It's either they give in or they don't. That is a historical fact.
But if our stand say, “What dafuq? They are all assholes anyway! Let me just enjoy my basketball game and tinapa,” we aren't going anywhere. Deadend. Sadly, that is also the thinking in America. People gravitate to Trump because of utter disgust and resignation. So they are willing to “install” a leader on the virtue of a “battlecry” without really looking at what he's gonna do when he's finally in the Oval Office. Is this just social media or this is actually happening? If so, the more that I want to go old-school and feel the pulse of the people out there. Those whose houses are blown away by typhoons and subsist on whatever that they can scrounge and yes no internet privilege. Sometimes I think we have become so comfortable that our only response to misery out there is induced numbness. We don't care because we are alright. There is no Great Depression and there is no Martial Law-level grief. We got cellphones and wi-fi and cable TV and food on the table. So let's continue making fun of all these leaders online while the One Percent watch happy as hell.