Why Enabling Steps Are Not Enough

Political dilettantes talk about “enabling steps” because that’s all they know.

Most people can’t tell how a chess game will go simply just by looking at the opening game.  I think it’s actually the middle game that determines a great game from a mediocre one and the greatness of the game is not seen in who wins — but how it is won.

I believe there is a lot more to chess than simply winning, and I think, the bigger thrill is in watching how one player’s move challenges the other and how the other player surmounts the challenge.

The way I look at it, people playing chess are in a way collaborating on a performance of sorts — like a dance or maybe even a renga.  Seeing it this way, the opening plays are more like starting postures or a first line, after which follows movements or successive lines which cull from a deep knowledge of the rules and other masterfully played games or other rengas.

While this dance can happen early in the game, in my opinion, it is in the middle game where the real dance or exchange of lines of poetry become most interesting.  You can predict how opening games will go from the first few moves, but you can hardly predict the middle game and that’s where, potentially, something new can emerge or at least some unexpected move will be deployed that will change the entire game.

Perhaps it is this idea about chess that led Russian chess grand master Vladimir Kramnik to say, “In chess one cannot control everything. Sometimes a game takes an unexpected turn, in which beauty begins to emerge. Both players are always instrumental in this.”

peacock show us your willyMost people can be masters at chess game openings.  The funniest one are those who execute opening games with a flourish, then preen themselves brazenly in public, holding up imaginary peacock trains to advertise their supposed intellectual superiority.

They may even have pretty looking boys or girls cheering them on — if at all that is allowed in a serious chess game.

The punchlines comes when the game transitions into the middle game and that is when most bluffers will reveal their ineptitude with blunder after blunder.

In a way, this situation can make for a good analogy of what is happening to the Philippines economically and politically.

Some would say that our venture into “self-government” is littered with examples of pretty good opening games and some might say that this is manifested in the number of Philippine constitutions we have had plus the one that we are currently using.  I would tend to agree with this view because opening games are all about setting up the play and constitutions are all about laying down the rules that will guide the people in governing themselves.

Now, 26 years or so after the ratification of a new Philippine constitution, there are certain sectors who believe that the basic rules or that the new opening game embarked upon isn’t working to our advantage or achieving what it is supposed to do.

Granting that it can be sufficiently demonstrated that the constitution has its flaws, how we will fare with a completely new or amended constitution is given to much speculation.  The speculations made for changes in the constitution can turn out to be accurate or inaccurate depending on the factors you account for and one’s understanding of the dynamic created by the interaction of these factors.

The thing is as far as accounting for factors are concerned, a certain club of self-proclaimed constitutional change advocates fail to include one of the most important factors in determining the outcome of any proposed political or economic change: People.

In “changing the system” this tribe of dilettantes have focused completely on the “rules of the game” and have forgotten completely about “the players”.  Being ensconced in their idealism and naivete, these gang of jokers parade around cyberspace with their idea of change seemingly assuming that people will rationally just follow the rules that are supposedly better suited for them.

Okay, where’s the evidence of that happening?  How many of the politicians running in this year’s election broke election rules?  How many millions of Filipinos will sell their votes?

In the Corona impeachment trial, wasn’t a major part of it just about one side or another arguing about rules?  How did our senator judges fare? How did Corona fare?

Its one thing to read about the parliamentary form of government, federalism, and the liberalization of foreign investment; but it’s a whole completely different ball game to make it function and deliver the intended results.

The dilettantism among this group of bums and moochers who are forever on Facebook or Twitter is quickly revealed when you ask them this question: Okay, so if we all wake up the next day and find that the Philippine government has been re-organized into a parliament, who will the leaders be?

They almost always sidestep this one question because the answers flies in the face of all their claims that the parliamentary system will deliver better governance.

The answer is here:

Politics in the Philippines has been under the control of a few notable families. It is normal for a politician’s son, wife, brother, or other kinsman, to run for the same or other government office. The term coined by Filipinos to describe this practice is “Political dynasty”, the equivalent of an oligarchy in political science.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_dynasties_in_the_Philippines

And guess who supports the idea of a parliamentary shift?  You can look at the names on this list here and just to stress my point, I’ll mention a couple of prominent people after this paragraph:

Florencio Abad

Manuel “Mar” Roxas

Juan Ponce Enrile

Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

Juan Miguel Zubiri

Edgardo Angara

Confronted with this, all the political newbies have as a response is: in a parliament, people vote for parties… parties will root out ineffective members… the shadow opposition government will police erring members of the party in power… yada… yada… yada…

The response basically props up one set of speculation with another set of speculation or assumptions.

Those who are still supporting the idea of a parliamentary shift as a solution to ending the oligarchy need to think things through because evidence worldwide shows that political dynasties AREN’T INHIBITED in parliamentary governments and there are a number of reasons for this thinking which I’ll write out in the next post.

One question is: In forming a party that will win or dominate the parliament, isn’t it logical that the party takes on members who can assure votes in their district?

(First of Two Parts)

print

Post Author: Paul Farol

Try not to take me too seriously.

Leave a Reply

47 Comments on "Why Enabling Steps Are Not Enough"

Notify of
avatar
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Gogs
Member

In chess, there are rules like the pawn can only go forward two spaces on its first move . Your typical Pinoy has no regard for order whatsoever . Hence warped sense of competition. Entitled to victory. Internally cheat like mad. Internationally you either fail in face of real competition or you grasp at straws at somebody with 1/32nd Filipino blood. Pinoys lack discipline and it shows.

Paul Farol
Guest
Hahaha! I wouldn’t go that far in saying that Filipinos don’t know how to follow rules. There are a lot of really good Pinoy chess players. My point is that there are real grand masters and there are people who just mastered a repertoire of chess tricks who go around claiming that their chess strategy is the best. Kind of like the guys you see on the sidewalks of Quiapo who sell a chance at winning prize if you solve their chess riddle. Then there are people who read a few articles on chess theory as well as memorize a… Read more »
Orion Pérez Dumdum
Guest
How stupid can you get, Paul Farol? From the title of your idiotic post alone, it is so obvious that you are such a clueless pest. Look at the title: “Why Enabling Steps are Not Enough.” Bobo! Are you really that f*cking stupid, Paul Farol? The term used is “ENABLING STEP” because it is a step that you need to do in order to DO OTHER STEPS that are necessary to accomplish a particular task. In other words, Paul Farol THE IDIOT, when we say “Enabling Step”, it clearly implies that it is one among many other necessary steps, and… Read more »
benign0
Admin

Tsk tsk… you know someone has a deficit in imagination and wit when they resort to name calling. 😀

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

Parang palengkero lang, ampucha.

Dude
Guest

Whoa! Are you going to use that language when you become PM, Orion? Sheeeet! Where the hell did you come from? Para kang taga Tondo. No offence to the people of Tondo. It’s just an expression to say that wala kang breeding.

And this is how you try to convince people that the Parliamentary system would change the dysfunctional culture of the Philippines? Eh dysfunctional ka din eh. Sus!

Nakaka-turn-off!

Gogs
Member

“pathetic hate-blogging troll” ? Guess he ran out of stooges to slam GRP so he came out himself like when Darth Vader himself got on a tie fighter. Why bother paying attention to GRP if we are as insignificant and as ignorant as Orion claims ? Why even click GRP? I saw that stooge who you pumped full of lies and shared private chats with unleashed here. Is that all you got ?

libertas
Guest

wow
this guy is a twat.
so dum called it twice

Johnny Derp
Guest

And I thought this orion guy was different from the malacanang stooges that frequently attack GRP fruitlessly…I was wrong.

Really disappointed.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Get a job? Like you?

Naaah! I already own two companies and employ people.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

A cut and paste response? Really?!

It’s like dealing with a call center automaton, just like the ones I frequently encountered in 2009 during the heat of the Noynoy campaign.

Anyway, it’s really clear that all three supposed agendas are all enabling first steps. So you have three first steps going three different directions and not one of them has been fully plotted out.

What comes after a shift to a parliamentary form of government? No answer.

Can’t think beyond first moves and first steps, typical Pinoy.

Orion Pérez Dumdum
Guest
Benign0, It looks like you are just as stupid as Paul Farol when you said this: “So you’re saying that shifting to a parliamentary system will (1) cause the electorate to behave differently, (2) cause the candidates to behave differently, and (3) cause the party dynamics to change? How sure are you that it will change for the better? Where is the readily-evident causal chain that proves there is a deterministic relationship between the system of government (within the domain of what is democratic) and the quality of our leaders and the inclination of the electorate to apply intelligence in… Read more »
benign0
Admin

Lol! You lost me at the following ASSUMPTIONS that you seem to be in the habit of making and repeating ad nauseum in every forum you could lay your hands on:

(1) that I am “stupid”;
(2) that that I’ve “never read” Lee Kuan Yew’s book; and,
(3) that Paul Farol impersonated me and Ilda on Alan Robles’s blog.

Kawawa ka naman.

ha ha! 😀

Orion Pérez Dumdum
Guest
* And this one’s for you PAUL FAROL: I advise you to stop spreading these lies about me and just stick to the issues at hand, for your sake. * My response: I am NOT the one spreading false information about you, FAROL. I’m simply mentioning – on this comment section – stuff that has been said about you a thousand times by so many different people who know you. It is YOU who should stop attacking me or the CoRRECT Movement, because we do not initiate attacks against you. When I come here to attack you, it’s because you… Read more »
benign0
Admin

Tsk tsk… I think the only reasonable question you really need to ask yourself, Orion, is why you harbour this perception that your CoRRECT “Movement” is being “attacked” to begin with. The way you are sounding here it’s almost as if all of this is really just going on in that little pointed head of yours and not really something that is going on in reality where all the rest of us live. 😀

Orion Pérez Dumdum
Guest
Moreover, Farol the IGNORAMUS: You need to understand how shifting over from the lousy and flawed Presidential System that favors name-recall and celebrity-status over competence and party platforms over to a Parliamentary System will cause a shift in BOTH the behavior of the electorate as well as a shift in the behavior of the candidates and parties themselves. Read these articles, please: 1) By the late Dr. Fred Riggs — “The Problems of Presidentialism and the American Exception.” http://correctphilippines.org/problems_of_presidentialism/ Quote from that essay: “It never occurred to anyone to think that the failures of presidentialism outside the U.S. were due… Read more »
benign0
Admin
See, in this statement lies the very flaw in thinking I have been citing all the while: “…a Parliamentary System will cause a shift in BOTH the behavior of the electorate as well as a shift in the behavior of the candidates and parties themselves.” So you’re saying that shifting to a parliamentary system will (1) cause the electorate to behave differently, (2) cause the candidates to behave differently, and (3) cause the party dynamics to change? How sure are you that it will change for the better? Where is the readily-evident causal chain that proves there is a deterministic… Read more »
benign0
Admin

Just to add, the way you drag children and your speculations on the personal circumstances of people you are addressing into this discussion says a lot about your rotten-to-the-core character, Orion. I’m letting this one through so that everyone here can behold the true nature of your personality. But do that again and you’re outta here. You won’t be warned again.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Orion, I advise you to stop spreading these lies about me and just stick to the issues at hand, for your sake. But since you’re so concerned about my family life and finances, here is the truth which I can prove in court. 1. I have a flourishing communications consultancy business and earn more than you. 2. My wife and I are happily living together with my son Zac, who wants for nothing (two yayas, frequent trips out of town trips, toys, home teachers, swimming lessons, we’re even buying him a pedigreed dog… why? because it costs more.) 3. I… Read more »
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

This one is worth re-blogging…

“Tsk tsk. Weak arguments, kilometric tirades, and focus on personal attacks are signs of a creeping desperation in this “movement” to sell “Constitutional Reform” on the basis of a quaint acronym and a strong predisposition to badger those who only seek to challenge its basic principles.”

Will do it later after meeting with an airline company and a developer!

benign0
Admin

@Paul, blogs away! 😀

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Yeah I look at your profile and see that after all these years, you’re still an employee.

Stop Facebooking and go to work.

Ruel
Guest

That site of yours is a breath of fresh air, Orion. I’ve been reading GRP since 2010 and although GRP articles are entertaining to read when you’re having a bad day in this country, your correct website has some interesting solutions.
I say solutions because your site really does show solutions unlike GRP where every solutions is implied, no offense to the authors here.

ChinoF
Member

Way I see it, I don’t think Paul is necessarily against the “enabling steps.” After the enabling, you have to take the step and then do many other steps after. The bad character of Filipinos can be a severe obstacle to implementing the right system. Come to think of it, we have a lot of laws but they aren’t being enforced, partly because of bad character. For all else, who’ll read this article, I’d say, let’s enable, but never forget what comes after.

Orion Pérez Dumdum
Guest
Benign0 said: “Just to add, the way you drag children and your speculations on the personal circumstances of people you are addressing into this discussion says a lot about your rotten-to-the-core character, Orion. I’m letting this one through so that everyone here can behold the true nature of your personality. But do that again and you’re outta here. You won’t be warned again.” * * * Wow, may pa-threat ka pa. Don’t you realize how ridiculous you sound? I’m not the rotten one here, at all, BenIgn0… BOTH YOU AND PAUL FAROL are rotten. Paul Farol continues to engage in… Read more »
benign0
Admin
Well, I did warn you. So you can kiss this particular IP address goodbye (go find yourself another computer or use one of those anonymizers you are such an expert at utilising for your quaint tirades). I’ve deleted one comment where you’ve clearly violated the rules and while this one violates all the rules of this forum as well, I’m keeping it in as a continued exhibit of the sort of character you are Orion. By the way, you claim you have always been a GRP “original” yet fail to mention that this article of Teddy Benigno slamming the whole… Read more »
libertas
Guest

p-noy playing political chess is like someone who doesn’t know how the ‘horsey thing’ moves.
if binay had a better campaign and campaign manager p-noy would be mated by a fools gambit.
not that i would advocate a binaysty come 2016 either.
a paucity of options and no grand masters in politics.

In chess the rules are fixed and the outcome unpredictable, in philippine politics the rules are flexible and the outcome predictable.

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

PNoy is merely a pawn who likes getting eaten by horses, and who thinks checkmate means looking for girls (or guys) who will make do with him.

Paul Farol
Guest

In Philippine politics, everything is a variable and there are almost no constants. The results are always dubious.

Johnny Saint
Guest

Paul,

There IS a constant in Philippine politics — the universal truth that Filipino politicians belong to the political party of “ME, MYSELF and I.” Once you get a handle on that, everything else becomes easy when you try to gauge what the politician’s agenda is.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

Oh, I’ll give you that Johnny.

Hyden Toro
Guest

I’m Hocus PCOS. Checkmate na ang election. Brillantes is the lone player. It is Brilliancy move: Hinocus PCOS ang election…

Hyden Toro
Guest

I’m Hocus PCOS. Checkmate na ang election. Brillantes is the lone player. It is Brilliancy move: Hinocus PCOS ang election…

Johnny Derp
Guest

Now that the elections are finally over, I guess the next thing that our politicians will do is to start campaigning for the 2016 elections.
No doubt that aquino will become a lame duck president before the 2016 elections since the cycle of traditional politics is starting again.
No amount of yellow propaganda, trolling will ever change that fact.

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

When the personal attacks come out, that’s when you know that you’ve won an argument.

Such a great morning!

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

Sounds like Orion is having an “Omelette du Fromage” moment from Dexter’s Laboratory:

That’s all he can say! That’s all he can say!

benign0
Admin

Indeed. When the tililing rampage starts, that’s when the Fat Lady starts singing… 😀

Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)

And then he goes crying to his Tropang Trumpo.

Break out the kazoos!

Ruel
Guest

Underneath all the “bobo” calling, Orion has a point.

ChinoF
Member

Yes, but do you need to badmouth people to prove your point? That approach might even scare people off from agreeing with that point.

benign0
Admin

@Ruel: And what point is that? Unless you cite specifically what this point is and describe clearly and coherently why you believe said point is valid, then you are just wasting people’s time here.

What separates the men from the boys is the ability to articulate what they think clearly rather than just speak in motherhood statements or think out loud in nebulous Twitteresque snippets.

Conehead
Guest

Pointy ears perhaps…

faux_ph
Guest
The author’s chess metaphor reminds me of how I learned the game of chess and the people I encountered/competed against with which are similar to the ones you allude as some people who just learned a repertoire of chess tricks. Without formal training, I learned the rules of chess when I was about 7 or 8 years old from my 11 year old brother who also learned from our cousin who is about twice his age. When I have grasped the fundamentals, I started playing and beating twice or thrice my age on the streets, larong kanto style. The furthest… Read more »
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Guest
Paul Farol (@paulfarol)
Nope, it’s actually great that you shared this here. This one is particularly good and supports my point that Pinoys have to grow in their ability to follow through in the middle game. “At hindsight, what made me better at chess game was not my penchant of doing counterattack moves, but I attribute this to my training and ability to observe, absorb and practice a paradigm shift on my opponents’ variety of game character and personality “ I am not completely sure about what you mean by ‘paradigm shift’ but if it’s anything like predicting their line of play and… Read more »
wpDiscuz