The Truth Pinoy Oligarchs and Political Elites Don’t Want You to Know
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
- NOTE: I posted the following note as a Facebook status after watching the YouTube clip above.
Pity, millions of us naively think the ongoing and worsening Filipino diaspora is just part of Philippine reality. That is… just a natural occurrence. Part of reality? It is. Natural occurrence? Absolutely NOT!
Did you ever ask yourself what really, actually caused (or is causing) this ‘social hemorrhage’?
Social scientists, researchers and economists have established the correlation between extreme poverty and migration. But I have yet to see a study that investigates the link between our failed welfare, protectorate statism and diaspora/brain drain.
This is what most pinoys don’t know and take for granted: While RP upped the level/degree of its welfare statism and protectionism in the 1980s, many formerly socialist -or ‘socialistic’ – Asian countries (e.g., China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, etc.) opened their economies to foreign investors.
Since 1979, China (under the rule of its ‘pragmatic’ leader Deng Xiaoping) betrayed Maoism and embraced an ‘open door’ policy. Of course China retains its socialistic “political structure” (e.g., one-party system, central planning, etc.), but in terms of some of its economic structure and policies it is actually MORE ECONOMICALLY FREE than the Philippines. Foreigners and Filipinos can own up to 100% equity in land and business in China. Also, many Chinese provinces compete for FDI by lowering their tax rates and relaxing their economic policies.
Both Singapore and South Korea also eagerly welcomed foreign investors.
My theory is that RP was considered economically stable from the 1940s to 1980s (stronger peso and lower unemployment) due to the following reasons:
- US was RP’s trading partner. The most defiled and hated ‘parity rights’ by the leftists and political ignoramuses was a actually great idea. Our lawmakers had to adopt that policy because in the first place, they wanted to keep foreigners away from our shore! But parity rights expired with the end of the Laurel-Langley Agreement in 1974, and many land-owning Americans were forced to forego ownership of their lands. The Americans should have done the same thing to non-American Filipino citizens in USA!Technically, Filipinos living in USA TODAY enjoy the same PARITY RIGHTS given to Americans from 1930s to 1974. Many free economies give the same ‘parity rights’ to any Filipinos who posses financial and technical capabilities to exploit their resources! See? This country was founded by idiots and diploma-toting morons!
- ‘Almost’ the rest of Asia was ‘socialistic’. Japan, China and most of today’s economic tigers were all dogmatic practitioners of protectionism or economic socialism.
- That means there was lack of economic competition among states in Asia. The freest country achieved the most. Definitely RP was one of the freest during those forgotten years.
But everything changed in the 1980s. The formerly protectorate Asian economies gradually embraced free market policies. Singapore is the best Asian model of ‘limited government’. In fact, Singapore’s current PM recently said (TAKE NOTE, economics and pol sci students):
“We have started with very minimal welfare and we’ve gone on the basis of growth and high employment and low unemployment. If you’re out of a job you can find a new job. You will get help but the help is not something you’re absolutely entitled to. We have to adjust that without going overboard and ending up where the Americans are or the Europeans are or where the New Zealanders were.”
So, why are we not happy with the result of our collective madness? THIS IS THE PATH WE AS A PEOPLE CHOSE… We voted for it through our expressed support or inaction. Why are you protesting? Why are you crying? You should be happy! What we have and see today is the ULTIMATE RESULT of our ‘collective’, national choice. Don’t blame your politicians. Blame yourselves!
Let me ask you the following questions:
- Are you one of those who hated/hate ‘parity rights’?
- Did/do you support protectionism or limiting foreign investment or foreign professional participation in this country?
- Do you believe that allowing foreigners to own up to 100% equity in land/business and to practice their professions here constitutes ‘colonial mentality’?
If your answer to these three (3) questions is YES, you must be a USEFUL IDIOT.
NO! Don’t tell me you’re a college graduate (or a product of **!). Your diploma is useless!
PLUS, if your parents or some of your close relatives have investments or freely practice their respective professions in USA or abroad, then for god’s sake – and for the benefit of this failing nation – PLEASE COMMIT HARA-KIRI (especially when your education was government-subsidized).
Indeed, our protectionist laws and failed welfare system created not only a modern-day economic prison that benefits only the politically powerful and politically connected (e.g., oligarchs and cronies), but also a 21st century version of indentured servitude that pushes or forces the poor and unemployed to take menial jobs as domestic helpers and laborers abroad.
“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.” – Thomas Jefferson
- Here’s a very interesting history of slavery in America. How did a black man become America’s first slave owner/driver by convincing the court he owned his indentured servant (domestic helper) for life?