Duterte, The Pacifist, and The Just War Tradition

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth a war, is much worse.” — John Stuart Mill President Duterte has been accused of using unnecessary violence, killings, and other atrocities to fight the war against drugs, […]

Bringing back the “Holy Alliance of Throne and Altar” is deadly

The background The Congress of Vienna was convened in 1815 by the European nations that defeated Napoleon Bonaparte to establish a new balance of power in Europe and prevent a resurgence of Napoleonic imperialism. The secondary reason was to prevent political revolutions such as the French revolution and the preservation of the status quo.1 Shortly […]

Biases and prejudices rule our lives

“A major danger in using highly abstractive methods in political philosophy is that one will succeed merely in generalizing one’s own local prejudices and repackaging them as demands of reason. The study of history can help to counteract this natural human bias.“— Raymond Geuss We all have our own fair share of biases and prejudices […]

Clickbait: Duterte Admin…a good time to kill

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it […]

Fatherhood, Duterte, and the Majapahit Empire

“Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one’s children.” — William Bennett On Fatherhood In the last 100 days, my perception of the presidency has changed, from being a formal leader to a loving father who is at the same time tough, strict, […]

Schadenfreude of the Elites: People who want Duterte to fail

Schadenfreude: Substantiv, feminin – boshafte Freude über das Missgeschick, Unglück eines andern. (Translation: Noun, feminine – malicious pleasure over the misfortune, mishap of someone else.)* An elite class that is free to operate without limits – whether limits imposed by the rule of law or fear of the responses from those harmed by their behavior […]

Human rights for hire

Human rights are universal, applying to all human beings, right?  Poor, rich, criminals, police, politicians, businessmen, shop owners, workers, students: everyone is entitled to the recognition and respect of his/her human rights.  Human rights law, and law enforcement, exist to protect all. In the Philippines, the call to respect human rights is being used to […]

Raising the flag of righteous indignation

It really irks me no end to see and hear people judge others and label them as evil or bad, at the very least not good. So-called righteous people who parade themselves as holier than thou are, in reality, hypocrites.  Like the minions of the yellow army who until now keep on harping that President […]