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“COUNTRY ABOVE SELF”: An Anti-Man Political Ideology

December 2, 2009

To YELLOW CAMP SUPPORTERS: I am still waiting for the best Liberal in this country who can refute my premise and whatever I stated in this blog. Please do not disappoint me!

No, they can't!

I’VE finally heard and seen the worst political slogan ever invented in (and, God forbid, for) this country. This political slogan—which should be described as the stupidest, the dumbest, the scariest, and the most Nazistic slogan—ever conceived for the coming 2010 elections is not an appeal to reason, but a desperate attempt to tinker people’s gullibility and emotion.

COUNTRY ABOVE SELF!” Of all baloney words in the dictionary and of all stupid, passé mottoes popular among teenagers, presidential aspirant Noynoy Aquino and his teammate Mar Roxas, both eager to replace a sitting despot in Malacañang palace, came up with this despondent, ludicrous political stunt to fool or soothe the people. This political mantra does not merely signify a political act of desperation; it also exposes these political duo as naïve apprentices of realpolitik, a system of politics or principles based on precarious pragmatism rather than moral or ideological considerations. It regards the Filipino people as a herd of stupid, mindless voters. It contains political platitudes of piety designed to attract more votes. In fact, this is worse and more preposterous than convicted plunderer and recycled presidentiable Joseph Estrada’s political motto that propelled him to power— “Erap Para Sa Mahirap” (Erap for the Poor).

One might think that this country-above-self plagiarized teen’s motto promotes nationalism or love of country, but there’s more to it, politically and ideologically. I don’t believe that nationalist political mantras like this one can inspire the people. People don’t need this kind of ‘nationalist’ inspiration. What they need are concrete, clear-cut political principles based on man’s rights and nature. The only significance of this creepy political mantra I can think of in the realm of politics is that it can effectively serve as a political bromide to lull and fool the people. In reality, this presidential aphorism has no value at all—it’s like a check long overdrawn. History tells us that many credulous people who sold their soul to empty nationalist mantras found themselves in great despair. It is about collectivism and more intrusive government powers.

History has it that this same political propaganda was perfectly employed by Hitler and his party-mates in deceiving the Germans. Hitler’s National Socialism Party glorified the alleged virtue of nationalism as the only way to achieve unity and economic prosperity. In just a short period, Hitler, who relied on the spirit of radical nationalism, established a strong military through the somnambulistic support of his heavily sedated, hypnotized people. It is the concept of radical nationalism that killed millions of people and destroyed reason and individualism. Like what Hitler said: “The State must act as the guardian of a millennial future in the face of which the wishes and the selfishness of the individual must appear as nothing and submit.”

“Our nation is in trouble. Leadership is bankrupt. Institutions are in disarray. People are hungry,” said Roxas. It is true that the Filipino nation is in big trouble, that our political leadership is bankrupt, and that most government institutions have already been mangled, but to say that the only way to fix these problems is to embrace their version of country-above-self of nationalism is highly preposterous.

The nation is in trouble because it lacks moral (not religious) leadership. The kind of morality that this country embraces is the morality of altruism, which is about unselfish concern for the welfare of others. Today we see the continued destruction of reason, individualism and capitalism, whose morality is self-interest that is opposed to altruism. We see the rejection of “self” and the glorification of the word “we”. This country-above-self nationalism, which is piteously based on the morality of altruism, promotes self-abnegation, self-immolation, self-sacrifice, and everything that is against the interest of man. It is, philosophically, anti-Man. If we seek to save our country from “trouble”, it is the morality of altruism that we have to reject. Altruism, derived from French word ‘alter’ or other, is not simply about kindness or goodness. This word has specific meaning, and most people mean it the way its proponent, Auguste Compte, had intended, and its moral code states that “man has no right to exist for his own sake, that service to others is the only justification of his existence, and that self-sacrifice is his highest moral duty, virtue and value.”[i]

Our government institutions are in disarray because our politicians lack moral (not religious, because religion seems to have hijacked morality) leadership to govern and because of our form of government, which is mixed economy. A form of government that allows politicians to expand government powers inevitably invites corruption and all kinds of political evil. The only solution to fix our institutions is to decontrol or deregulate by embracing capitalism. Capitalism, a political-economic system that is based on individual rights, is the only system that can save this country. In a capitalist society, the only function of the government is to protect individual rights, by assuming the following functions: 1) defense or military, to protect the country from invaders; 2) law courts, to protect people from injustice and breach of contracts and property; 3) police, to protect the people from criminals. A government with purely limited powers is the only solution to mangled, corrupted government institutions.

People are hungry (for both food and justice) because of the current pitiful and impractical socio-political order in this country. The 1987 Constitution is one of the root causes of social and economic crisis, apart from our colleges and universities. The New Constitution, which is pushing this country toward collectivism, establishes a mixed economy, permits political balkanization through the multiparty and party-list system and other provisions that promote autonomy of various ethnic provinces, supports the rise of oligarchy and robber barons by barring foreign capitalists to freely invest and do business in this country, and expands government controls and powers through populist-altruist provisions, among others. Economic crisis is unavoidable if the government assumed the role of people’s all-time provider of goods and services, a situation that would lead to progressive taxation and increased amount of foreign debt. People are hungry because of corruption, weak institutions, and frail legal system, which are all symptoms of big government.

Roxas further said:

Noynoy and I want to make a difference, but we also know that we need to unite to achieve what we want.

I am the President of the Liberal Party.

It is within my power to preside over a potentially divisive process or to make the party a bridge for the forces of change. I choose to lead unity, not division.

Bilang pinuno ng aking Partido, magdedesisyon ako (As leader of my party, I have to make a decision).”

Mahal ko ang Partido Liberal (I love the Liberal Party). My grandfather founded it. My father led it during the most difficult times of Martial Law. Sa harap ng peligro, sa kabila ng napakaraming tukso — hindi siya sumuko (In the face of peril, despite of many temptations- he did not give up).

He inspired me—to stay the course, to fight the good fight, to pass the test of true character. To believe.

Over the weekend, Noynoy and I had many long conversations … Masinsinang usapan. We agreed: Let us forget about ourselves for a moment. This is not about us, this is about our people and our country. This is about our common dream. The dream of our parents.

The only political goal of these aspirants is selfless public service and selfless people. “Country Above Self” means we must sacrifice our lives to the state and that we must have faith in our government regardless of its imperfections, crimes, and political and economic blunders. This altruist credo aims to establish nationalism as a contrived religion. Yes, Mar and Noynoy seek to elevate their political ideology of “Country Above Self” to the level of religion where everybody is enslaved to everybody, where people begin to regard the State as their ever benevolent, omnipotent deity, and where the word “I” is to be subjugated by that collectivist term “WE”. The only equivalent of their dystopian political mantra is that Orwellian credo— “WAR IS PEACE, FREEDOM IS SLAVERY, and IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.”

A politician or a party that promotes “Country Above Self” as a political battle cry regards the people as a collection of atoms that are simply part and parcel of a national domain. This terrifying political credo, which belongs to mankind’s dark past, glorifies the virtue of Self-sacrifice, Self-Abnegation, and Self-Immolation. It is, philosophically, metaphysically, and epistemologically, anti-Man.

No, Mar, Noynoy… We are not property of the State.

Nazi Quotations on Nationalism:

“The concept of personal liberties of the individual as opposed to the authority of the state had to disappear; it is not to be reconciled with the principle of the nationalistic Reich. There are no personal liberties of the individual which fall outside of the realm of the state and which must be respected by the state. The member of the people, organically connected with the whole community, has replaced the isolated individual; he is included in the totality of the political people and is drawn into the collective action. There can no longer be any question of a private sphere, free of state influence, which is sacred and untouchable before the political unity. The constitution of the nationalistic Reich is therefore not based upon a system of inborn and inalienable rights of the individual.”
—Ernst Rudolf Huber,[138] official spokesman for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, 1939

“[S]ocialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole.”
—Joseph Goebbel

“THE COMMON INTEREST BEFORE SELF-INTEREST.”
—NDSAP Program, Point 24, 1920

“We must rouse in our people the unanimous wish for power in this sense, together with the determination to sacrifice on the altar of patriotism, not only life and property, but also private views and preferences in the interests of the common welfare.”
—Friedrich von Bernhardi,[142] 1912

“We are socialists, we are enemies of today’s capitalistic economic system for the exploitation of the economically weak, with its unfair salaries, with its unseemly evaluation of a human being according to wealth and property instead of responsibility and performance, and we are all determined to destroy this system under all conditions.”
—Adolf Hitler,[144] 1927 speech

Click link for more Nazi Quotations on Nationalism.


[i] Rand, Ayn. Philosophy Who Needs It, p.61.

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. claybarham permalink
    December 2, 2009 3:38

    A new WPA for 2009 is a chain gang solution to joblessness. Obama said: the interests of community are more important than are the interests of the individual. He promised change. Change must then mean to abandon individual freedom. The chain gang is one way to do so. You can call his ideas left, socialist, communist, fascist, monarchist or any others that turn you on, but in reality, there are only two different political forms. The oldest is where the few elite rule the many, part of all those labels. They have always favored a chain gang. The newest is where the many rule themselves, guided by a moral consensus and written law, i.e., individual freedom. Conservatives and libertarians say the interests of individuals are more important than are those of the community. They believe when individuals prosper, their families and communities prosper and government works best staying out of their way. Modern Democrats believe community interests are most important. They claim they can better define and govern community interests. They expand the role of government to serve those interests and as a few elite, will rule the many. This is the center of Obama’s chain gang. Claysamerica.com

  2. Kyla permalink
    December 15, 2009 3:38

    Noynoy is not appealing at all.. politically and socially…
    and even when he talks… gawd!

    Ano ba talaga ang napatunayan ni noynoy? wag naman sana natin gawing trial and error kung saka-sakaling si noynoy ang mananalo… higit na gamitin natin ang ating pag-iisip kaysa sa ating nararamdaman…

  3. December 16, 2009 3:38

    I just hope we vote a candidate because he worked well in all his duty,does something MORE than what is assigned and he must be worthy for our country and never because he is popular.

  4. mark permalink
    December 18, 2009 3:38

    Vincent, no offense but you got too much Ayn Rand running in your brain…

    • December 18, 2009 3:38

      No, I’m not offended. In fact I take that as a compliment. I’m very sorry for the people who reject ideas. They are the ones who will bring this nation to hell… If you can refute everything I stated here, then that’s fine. But people who reject ideas and philosophy can never argue their cause in a rational, civil manner. I’ve seen a lot of them.

  5. claybarham permalink
    December 23, 2009 3:38

    PROHIBIT CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS
    Christians teach sovereignty of the individual, limited by the Golden Rule, with interests and aspirations unique to each person. They are outside the rule of elite few. It is a new world order that began with a small band of Pilgrims settling in Massachusetts. The individual freedom to pursue life, liberty and prosperity proved harmonious in American communities. Americans ruled themselves, rejecting the power of the few elite who thought they could do better. Because of this, Christian celebrations are targeted for defeat by those who believe community interests are more important than are individual interests. Christians say individual freedom is the best answer to the problems facing the world, as prosperity and freedom are never found in dictatorships of elite in the rest of the world. The New World, founded on the Christmas Revolution, proved freedom and prosperity. The Old World, on the other hand, prefers slavery and chains for the many, and for that reason must prohibit Christian celebrations. Claysamerica.com

  6. January 1, 2010 3:38

    Wow loved reading this article. I submitted your rss to my blogreader!

  7. January 2, 2010 3:38

    I cannot believe this will work!

    • NARUTO UZUMAKI permalink
      January 2, 2010 3:38

      BELIEVE IT!

  8. January 11, 2010 3:38

    What I am about to say may seem trivial Vincent but hear me out. This whole country above self thingee reminds me of the Borg Hive of the Star Trek series New Generation and Voyager. Everything is sacrificed to the “collective” and the Borg are former humans, assimilated by the Borg, who lose their individuality and work ONLY for the GOOD of the collective. But they all remain robotic individuals (with no aspirations for self-improvement and free will) and the collective disposes of them if they become defective. They are very powerful and instill fear into the many species it has “assimilated” and other species yet to be made into Borg.

    Hmmm…a nation of robotic intellectuals. Interesting no? LOL

    Btw, I admire you. I read Fountainhead and had to read it twice (no mean feat for me…nakaka nosebleed) to fully appreciate it. But Ayn Rand is heavy reading for me and I would rather succumb to the thrill and suspense of Dan Brown. Okay, so I’m shallow, but don’t you like my honesty better than the pseudo-intellectuals who infect your blog space every now and then? LOLLLL

    • January 12, 2010 3:38

      Thanks for such a clear insight, Peachie. Yes, you’re right in your evaluation, a radical form of collectivism, which had been perfectly practiced in Nazi Germany, Stalinist and Leninist USSR, and Maoist China, seeks to transform men into a robotic collective wherein self-sacrifice is regarded as the highest virtue. I’ve tackled this issue in my latest blog entitled “The Politics of Sacrifice and the Morality of Need.

      Have a good day!

      Vincent

  9. Hell'sJudgement permalink
    January 13, 2010 3:38

    UR SOOO RIGHT!! wow we have exactly the same view about NOynoy!!!
    Everyone of us in our class hates Noynoy (Too bad none of us can vote yet). I ask people why they want to vote for Noynoy but all they can say is… Because Corry is like this… Because Ninoy is like that… They can’t say anything good about Noynoy! Religious? nope Eddy Villianueva is more Religious… Intelligent?! NOPE NOPE! Gibo is mooooore intelligent… Knows how poor people live?! Haha! Villar knows more about poverty…

    So why did they want to vote for him? Because he is rich? Because he have popular parents?!…
    Or maybe because her mother recently died?!!

    i’m even fighting with my relatives ’cause i know that they are gonna vote for Noynoy.
    I hate people’s stupidity.

    They don’t realize that Noynoy is just an opportunist!!
    KAYA NAGMUMULTO SI CORRY AY DAHIL AYAW NIYANG KUMANDIDATO ANG KANYANG ANAK!! wooooohoo!!!
    NOOOOO for Ninoy!

  10. Mike permalink
    February 24, 2010 3:38

    Vincent I have to agree with mark, you’ve got too much Ayn Rand in your system. I don’t mean to offend you or anything ,but I honestly think you should read more non -“Rand” materials and philosophies. Because I think you’re limiting yourself ,and from what I read here, you have too much talent to just be limited to western ideals and philosophies. Who knows, you yourself could make some kind of “vincenton” philosophy which is applicable to the Philippine society haha I am also not an avid Noynoy supporter though.

    Disclaimer: I haven’t read any philosophy stuff because I find it boring and nosebleeding hehe so pardon me.

    • February 24, 2010 3:38

      Mike,
      What made you think I didn’t read much of non-Rand material? But even if I did, would that change my premise? Would that ever change my evaluation of the Noy-Mar slogan? Even if I read Karl Marx, F. Engels, Rawls, etc., which I did, would that ever change my evaluation of reality and my understanding of free market principles? What then is the kind of reading material that I and everybody else in this self-sacrificing country should read?

      I am still waiting for the best argument against this blog. But it seems that no one has the intellect and honest passion to rebut what I’ve stated above. If your argument consisted in that statement: “you’ve got too much Ayn Rand in your system,” then I would have to ask what other system you’ve ever read that could change my premise?

      Again, I am still waiting for someone to refute the premise of my blog. Better recruit the best supporter of Noy-Mar to refute everything I stated here.

  11. Reason permalink
    February 24, 2010 3:38

    Are you people really losing it? To vote for these collectivists? Have you ever ask yourself why the country is ALWAYS in political or economic turmoil? If you elect these morons, then good luck with that..I hope you’ll enjoy the pain.

  12. February 24, 2010 3:38

    Better an unpopular genius than a popular imbecile, don’t you think?

  13. Mike permalink
    February 24, 2010 3:38

    Dude I have nothing against your article. If you read my comment I am actually complementing you and have no intention of refuting your post. The only thing that I disagree with you, is that you focus too much on Rand’s ideals which I think is limiting you, but I respect your ideals and I don’t really have the right or the care on what you think is real and right, so good luck then.

    • February 24, 2010 3:38

      That’s why I’m looking for the BEST LIBERAL in this country to REFUTE MY BLOG. But I think they can’t, because whatever they read won’t be enough to rebut what I stated here.

      I focus on Rand because she offered the best defense of Capitalism. I profoundly believe that Ayn Rand is the GREATEST PHILOSOPHER on earth!

      • Mike permalink
        February 24, 2010 3:38

        I bet that most of the “liberals” or should I say liberal party supporters here don’t have the slightest hint of what liberalism stands for anyway.haha so good luck again, looking forward to your next post -Mike

  14. February 24, 2010 3:38

    Mike,

    That’s the problem. Actually all political parties in this country do not stand for any specific program. That said, I admire the CPP-NPA for having a solid political program.

    • February 25, 2010 3:38

      “That said, I admire the CPP-NPA for having a solid political program.”

      Despite, of course, the fact that they detest capitalism in any and all forms. One can say you admire how the enemy does things, but if I know you, capitalism is what is completely meet and just if we are to be a truly free society.

      • February 25, 2010 3:38

        What I mean when I say “I admire the NPP-NPA (despite the fact that I totally detest them) for having a solid political program” is unlike all political parties in the country, they present clear, unambiguous, and straightforward political principles, purpose, and goals. When they say they want a revolution, they mean they want to make this country a communist slave pen. When they say they want equality, they don’t mean equality of rights but of results.
        Political parties which has no concrete political goals, undefined premises and principles, and vague programs nothing but a bunch of rotten tomatoes that is out to poison this country. We need a clear-cut political philosophy. Check: Who Should We Vote For?

  15. ACPatagnan permalink
    February 25, 2010 3:38

    I would like that articles of yours printed in our daily circulation newspaper. I know it cost lot of money, but also will the editor and publisher published it.

    • February 25, 2010 3:38

      That’s fine with me, Mr. Patagnan.

  16. yeontura permalink
    April 27, 2011 3:38

    But we ARE in a state! The Republic of the Philippines!

  17. Tee permalink
    April 28, 2011 3:38

    it’s so negative for you to say that it’s the stupidest, dumbest yaddah3.

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