Communism in the Philippines should be CRUSHED once and for all!

Why does communism continue to plague the Philippines? Its elements openly defy the government, incite unrest, and spread their obsolete ideology. Across the Philippines, communists infest Philippine university and college campuses, radicalise various “cause-oriented” groups and steal precious classroom hours that could have been used to educate Filipinos students. Communists are also behind labour unrest in many Filipino companies and the propagation of the notion that people are entitled to employment. This is communism, after all. It is an ideology that demands equality and implements egalitarianism by force. Under a communist regime, people’s right to “freedom” goes out the door in favour of the idea that you are only as free to pursue wealth as your comrades’ ability to find work or partake of government dole-outs.

This is, after all, a system of government and economics that denies human nature rather than work within its context. Thus, whereas capitalism has, in practical terms, existed as an economic system since the dawn of civilisation, the communist society envisioned by Karl Marx is so unnatural that it will require a period of “revolutionary” transition before the utopian “classless” state is achieved. Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik Revolution that created the Soviet Union which he then became the first leader of described this period as one where a “suppression of the exploiting minority by the exploited majority” will be effected after which “equality” will presumably reign supreme. And under what mechanism would this transition be overseen? Why under no less than a “dictatorship of the proletariat”. Here, the “proletariat” are the workers’ classes — people who “derive income solely from their labour”.

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We can see here that communism is not only obsolete, it is an ideology that insults the human spirit and is an affront to self-determination. It is an idea attractive to people who are unable to or, worse, unwilling to compete. Perhaps this is the reason why communism still exists in the Philippines — because competing and developing one’s self or organising people into groups capable of competing at scale is not a key feature of the Filipino cultural character. The idea of a “dictatorship of the proletariat” appeals to a people whose most valuable export is human labour. Makes sense now, doesn’t it? Rather than see life as a competition for scarce resources and opportunities, proponents of communism see the present world order as one rigged against their needs. Under a communist regime, allocation of resources, after all, is based on need.

The way communism is being interpreted and promoted by Filipino “activists” is just as confused. This is not to mention the fact that virtually every “activist” organisation in most Philippine educational institutions had been infiltrated by communists. Thus any organisation that, by name or creed, is engaged in one form of social advocacy or another be it “women’s issues”, student politics, or campus “journalism” is infested with communists. Because of this mishmash of people focused on disparate “activist” goals cobbled together into a “front” to arbitrarily resist any government programme, it is impossible to achieve any form of consistency. For example, communists are currently allied with the Philippine Opposition which, in turn, is led by the Liberal Party which is a bastion of rule by elite business and feudal oligarchs, specifically the Aquino-Cojuangco clan. This alliance alone makes the communist goal of revolting, massacring the aristocracy, and establishing a “dictatorship of the proletariat” an utter impossibility.

The short of it is that communism is a parasitical system of thought that clings onto Philippine society by taking advantage of Filipinos’ habitual laziness in thinking. Their claims and assertions simply don’t add up. Their front organisations in university campuses may be the butts of many jokes but remain sources of warm bodies to fill their street rallies nonetheless. The continued existence of the New People’s Army (NPA) as a terrorist arm disguised as that “revolutionary” force that supposedly will pave the way for the rise of that “dictatorship of the proletariat” is proof that communists continue to successfully con Filipinos into tolerating their crooked activities.

Communism cannot be crushed by killing members of the NPA. There are just too many gullible young Filipinos coming into the educational system that ensure a fat pipeline of conscripts for this “army”. The key to crushing communism is for Filipinos to become smarter and more adept at spotting the glaring contradictions and inconsistencies in the way communists conduct themselves and their activities and to challenge the slogans being chanted by participants in communist-organised street rallies and communist “influencers” in social media. The core of this challenge lies in the idea that there is no such thing as a state where “equality” rules simply because human beings are not created equal.

Humanity is diverse in character as many liberals ironically point out. Talent and skill are not equally-distributed across societies. To force people to be “equal” is as absurd as feeling entitled to “fairness”. Much of what is important and valuable in life are things one must compete for. This is the inconvenient truth many Filipinos are unwilling to embrace. This unwillingness to handle this truth in the Filipino is what communists are exploiting to their ends. Only when Filipinos learn that anything worth having requires one to compete for it, will communism truly disappear from Philippine society. It is all up to us to decide which story to subscribe to — the true story or the quaintly-entertaining fiction of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

20 Replies to “Communism in the Philippines should be CRUSHED once and for all!”

  1. Communist ideology entices us on: equity, classless society, and exploitation of our humanity. We become faceless workers of the state…slave laborers. While those ruling us will be living in “utopian lives”. Everything is rationed according to your needs. If the rations are not enough, we all go hungry. We work from morning to evening for the state…

    It is ironic that the Aquino Cojuangco oligarchs are the prime supporters of communism. They owned the Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac, that was the cause of the communist/Huk rebellion. People have no lands to till, while they owned mostly of the lands. Many slave tenants work for them…

    It is only thru a better ideology, a better way of thinking that this obsolete ideology will be defeated. We have to look on the experiences of other countries, who were former communist states, to learn from them…from there , we will learn that the communist ideology is a failed/obsolete political ideology !

  2. Communism is here to stay in the Philippines whether we/you like it or not. Communism targets those who are poor and since that group grows and will be growing in the Philippines, communism will stay in the Philippines. It is really and open and shut case. And not even a rocket science.

    It doesnt need to be crushed. It should die by “natural” causes (well at least it did in my country). And still there are (Dutch) people who still favor communism.

    But as long as the Philippines has its government that doesnt want to change the school and educational system (read: curriculum), communism may even thrive more in the Philippines.

    So, in short, every president and every government can be thanked for the fact that communism is here to stay.

    1. In that regard, Filipinos have no one to blame for the persistence of the communist cancer other than themselves. Indeed, the subtext of this article is that its persistence is a manifestation of the multidimensionally-impoverished state of Philippine society.

      Thus, the premise that communism seeks to solve poverty by forcing equality on an entire people is nonsensical because the persistence of its ideology is, itself, an outcome of that poverty.

      1. Your 2nd paragraph is correct and just. Communism works, will work and can only work by the ‘grace’ of poverty. Either financially, in mindset or both. And the Philippines score rather high on both accounts. And therefore, communism will stay here/there for quite some time.

    2. @Robert Haighton you said that your (Dutch) people are still in favor of communism? No wonder, the founder of CPP/NPA, Jose Maria Sison went exile to your country since 31 years ago. And why the Dutch people are prefer on communism, or are they’re prefer on “economic” socialism rather than the “political” communism because that one are REALLY separated & contradicts these 2 ideologies, it like mixing oil & water in the same bottle but it’s still separates! Probably they’re looking for the Nordic style of Socialism because unlike the communism which are very undemocratic & totalitarian in nature, the Nordic Socialism are the opposite & they’re the TRUE meaning of Socialism:

      I think the Philippines should follow the Nordic Socialism instead of Communism especially to the poor ones because it REALLY works on that region there for many years since the time of the Cold War era.

      1. The trouble is, “Nordic socialism” is built upon a solid foundation of social trust. Scandinavians are among the world’s most trustful of their governments and public officials. On that criterion alone, such a model just won’t cut it in Philippine society where everyone by default assumes the other is a crook or a cheat.

        1. Well, that’s the problem on the Filipino politicians, they’re really crooks, dumb & arrogant to the core! And that’s another reason why our country couldn’t develop unlike the Nordic countries, unless if President Duterte should dump those “buwayas” to the Manila Bay in order to feed the hungry fishes there as what he’d promised on his election campaign before:

        2. If we assume that a majority of the people of a society are all have reached the same educational status level, it would mean that most are peer(equal) to each other, that will also mean that whoever is running the government is just a peer to the majority, would a government official really risk his/her reputation among his/her peers to be tainted by corruption?
          I think this is what Mr. Haighton is saying by suggesting the the country should change the educational system. It’s not about socialism, it’s only about the education system.

      2. Mrericx,
        No, I said: there are still people that favor communism. The Dutch communist party (CPN) was founded in 1903; it ‘collapsed’ in 1991 and then ‘merged’ with another political party.
        The Philippine communist Jose Sison has and had nothing to do with the Dutch communist party.

        The idea/ideology/dogma of communism in the Netherlands is not thriving at all. I would describe the political landscape as social (not to be confused with socialism) and based on solidarity.

        An example:
        Someone who is rich (or has a very high income) is taxed the most (in comparison to someone who has a meager salary). They say: “the one with the broader/wider shoulders can bear more”

        Another political example:
        It is almost impossible for one political party to get into absolute power. If a political party gets less than 50% of all the votes, it needs to find another political party to form a coalition. And so, Duterte never would have gotten into power here in my country. He needed another party to get those 50%. I think that is the norm within – at least – Western Europe.

  3. The comprehensive outcome of any system speaks for itself. Competence in the human sense can also mean mastery of our environment so we’re not merely at the mercy of it..

  4. Sarda,
    also the political landscape needs to be changed in PH. When PH leaves the current system, it requires political parties to work together to achieve their goals. What are the goals? Or what should be the goals? To make the country better. And your beloved president, Duterte, could have started this. What is he doing about climate change? What is Duterte doing about reforming the educational system? What is Duterte doing about all the antiquated laws and the constitution (divorce?; same-sex marriage?; abortion?; to name just a few). All those things can help and will help the individual.

    In short: where is progress?

    1. The political system surely needs change. It can’t work when the process causes so much division.
      The leadership and career landscape has become so misaligned and disconnected that nothing seems to serve its real purpose. The overall schism is what prevents people from having a relatively coherent vision— something that applies to the other aspects.

      1. Klara,
        Probably my view/vision about the Philippines (the people) is wrong but I always thought the Philippines was and is a collectivistic country. But I dont see that among PH politicians from different political sides. The will to work together (coalition) and make compromises. Every fart is made into a political scandal. And every time when a politican farts, he/she must hang and be put away in jail. And I see that here in GRP with almost every article.

  5. Robert, as it is now, politicians compete for power because the current setup seems to reinforce corruption. It’s easy to steal because everybody gets into it, and so it has become the norm. It’s treated as competition which necessarily disallows coalition.

  6. Communism is an idea which has its own merits and demerits. It should be allowed to compete in an free, open marketplace of ideas.
    What is wrong with the communism in the Philippines is its armed component, the NPA and its various fronts, which basically give it an edge over other competing ideas. Communism really has very little support among Filipinos, the reason why they are not giving up their arms.

    1. Can there be real competition of ideas when the population outside of the web is generally uninformed? Anything that leads to monopoly limits the scope of what is possible, which is contrary to the “freemarket place” of whatever…

  7. peace talk here, peace talk there
    all but resulting into pissing contests

    SEARCH AND DESTROY operations much like those employed in the Administration’s the drug war
    ought to be put into effect

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