The Philippines needs to reevaluate its blind allegiance to the West

Perhaps it is time for the Philippines — and the rest of the “free world” — to reevaluate their regard for Western European civilisation’s presumed leadership in all that is supposedly “good”. Recent events have seen a growing rot within the core of these former crusaders. The “tolerance” towards deviant ideas that they packaged as “inclusiveness” now comes back to bite them with a vengeance.

Are the Western powers really the “good guys”? The answer to that question is a complicated one. On one hand, Western European societies (a set which includes their North American derivatives) are paragons of rule of law. The West have largely cast aside the class hierarchies, monarchs, and aristocracy that once dominated their economies, politics, and foreign policy and implemented truly egalitarian societies and relatively rock-solid guaranteed liberties and justice for all citizens.

Unfortunately, the West have become victims of their own success. All this social infrastructure now serves as too level a playing field for elements that seek to overturn the very institutions and cultural character that served as foundations for the greatness Western Civilisation had achieved. Thus, the infestation of woke ideology we see today besetting the West now progressively erodes tried-and-tested Christian values and opens doors to foreign invaders exploiting legal avenues to weaken the fabric of many Western countries’ societies.

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Hardly surprising then that liberal Western media have, in recent months, been lamenting the emergence and rise of “far-right” politics in the West. Despite the correct-speak ideology of being apologetic for one’s whiteness and “privilege” dominating the curricula of institutions of learning in the West, right-wing ideas are rapidly gaining ground on the back of a “well-founded pessimism regarding the capacity of established politics to solve real, structural problems” among Europeans.

…as the recent European Union elections show, the fear of the far right is slipping. The political logic of earlier decades no longer holds in some quarters, and far-right parties are making gains across Europe, as their strategy of electoral engagement continues to pay off.

Views that would have ended political careers in Europe a generation ago are now being rewarded with electoral success. Despite the lead candidate of the German far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party declaring that members of the Nazi SS were not necessarily criminals, his party climbed 5% higher to outpoll all of the parties in Germany’s ruling coalition and gain six new seats in the European parliament.

Coming back then to the question of whether the West continue to be the global good guys, perhaps the answer is still a “yes” followed by a resounding but. The old cliché reminds us: good guys finish last. The “good” aren’t necessarily entitled to victory. Righteousness — even a strong sense of it — does not assure the West that it will prevail. This is specially true when the enemy and its virulent ideology is multiplying from within like a cancer.

Indeed, the Philippines itself had quashed such an enemy lurking within when it issued a strong rebuke to the woke camp of the Yellowtards and communists back in the 2022 national elections. Unfortunately, the pull of its former colonial masters remains strong in a society of people still mesmerised by their deeply-ingrained colonial mentalities. To build a truly respectable nation, Filipinos as a people need to learn to chart their own destinies on a robust foundation of their own principles, values, and convictions.

Looking to one or the other hegemon for guidance or, worse, validation can only send the country down a confused or even destructive path.

3 Replies to “The Philippines needs to reevaluate its blind allegiance to the West”

  1. @benign0: “To build a truly respectable nation, Filipinos as a people need to learn to chart their own destinies on a robust foundation of their own principles, values, and convictions.”

    President Marcos Jr., in his keynote address at the opening of the 21st edition of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore intimated the same message:

    “We are not mere bystanders to unfolding world events. We are the actors that drive those events. We are the main characters in our collective story. We are the owners of the narratives of our regional community.”

    Foremost in diplomacy or foreign relations in every country is to act and protect the national interest… each nation, move forward in accordance to their own strategic interest.

    This should really be the message but sometimes Filipino colonial mentality is stronger than pride.

    Reminds me of one lady political analyst I recently watched who said she encountered some Chinese people who find it strange and at the same time, amusing, that there are Filipinos who seem to argue and take sides with the narrative of the Chinese. Embarrassing…

    1. To be fair, it is hard to sustain a truly independent position in today’s world, specially for a country that is located near such a vital sea lane.

  2. Even more so with this report from Reuters:
    “Pentagon ran secret anti-vax campaign to undermine China during pandemic: The U.S. military launched a clandestine program amid the COVID crisis to discredit China’s Sinovac inoculation – payback for Beijing’s efforts to blame Washington for the pandemic. One target: the Filipino public. Health experts say the gambit was indefensible and put innocent lives at risk.”
    14 June 2024

    It’s serious enough for the Congress to want to investigate it.
    Interestingly, no (public) response from Washington yet, despite the D.F.A.’s request for a verification & details.

    I would think this would be front-page news in PH news, but I only learned from it from state-media P.N.A. Looking for it on GMA or ABS-CBN news’ YouTube channels yields nothing. They have some articles, but that’s about it.

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