Why They Missed It?
The most apparent, disgusting political consequence of the mongrel philosophy that is killing our remaining freedom is this: anti-capitalism.
Election, particularly Philippine election, is all about emotional appeal and mass psychology. Most politicians, especially the clever ones, are mass
psychologists. They know what the people want to hear, and this understanding gives them the knowledge of the most effective and emotionally appealing pro-poor campaign strategy to fool the people. Our political history has it that most people in these parts want to see and hear pro-poor, anti-corruption, anti-capitalist campaign slogans. Notwithstanding the fact that they understand the people’s mindset, I don’t think they have clearly grasped the mongrel philosophy that is destroying their capacity to think rationally and is eating at the core of the Philippine society.
I’ve asserted once in my earlier blog that the most influential philosophers in this country are Jesus Christ, Karl Marx, Immanuel Kant, David Hume, and Plato. The three great thinkers in history- Jesus, Marx and Kant- preached that it is our moral duty to serve the interest of others. It was Plato who taught the primacy of consciousness over reality, by assuming that reality must conform to the content of one’s consciousness, while it was Kant and Hume who sought to destroy reason and man’s cognitive faculty, by proving that man’s mind is impotent, that there is no such thing as reality and we wouldn’t be able to perceive it if there were.
In the bible, Jesus Christ once told a rich man (Luke 18:22): “Sell everything you have and give it to the poor.” In his sermon on the mount, Jesus exalted the poor and blessed the meek. When Jesus told a rich man to sell everything he has and give it to the poor, he was actually preaching the virtue of altruism or otherism. This self-sacrificing ethical system holds that we must put the interest of others above our own. The preacher of altruism (e.g. Jesus, Kant, and Auguste Compte) tells us that we must live for others and be concerned with the condition, welfare, and interests of others. It is the vicious combination of altruism and anti-reason philosophy of these influential philosophers that has been destroying not only this nation but also the rest of the world.
As a consequence of this national psycho-epistemology, we have intellectuals, professors and thinkers in this country who preach, spread, and espouse the idea of progressiveness, egalitarianism and political correctness simply because they believe in the value of compromise, open-mindedness, tolerance and other ideas that are against self-interest and the interest of Man. Because they believe in irrational open-mindedness and compromise these intellectuals supported the inclusion of the party-list system in the 1987 Constitution that allowed the communists/Marxists to fight for their cause in electoral processes. The result of this compromise is the continued diminution of freedom in this country, which logically results in economic crisis. The most apparent, disgusting political consequence of the mongrel philosophy that is killing our remaining freedom is this: anti-capitalism. Most of our intellectuals and professors do not truly understand the true concept and virtue of capitalism.
The only reason for this intellectual laziness to seek the truth is because they, consciously or unconsciously, abandon the relation between concept and reality. “Capitalism is evil,” they say, yet they resorted to evasion, or are afraid to validate their claim by trying to understand the relation of the concept which they denounce to reality. They thought that capitalism has no exact, specific, objective meaning. Yes, these anti-capitalist, anti-reason intellectuals, thinkers and professors are simply the victims of their intellectual evasion and moral abdication, as they subconsciously absorbed the teachings of the mini-Kantian linguists who preached that ultimate reality is not even percepts, but words, and that words have no specific referents, but mean whatever people would want them to mean.
The ultimate result of this anti-capitalist mindset are political and economic policies that are bringing this nation to complete disaster and dictatorship. The Marcos era was ruled by the philosophy of Plato and Friedrich Nietzsche. Philosophically, Nietzsche is a mystic and an irrationalist. His denunciation of altruism consisted of replacing the sacrifice of oneself to others by the sacrifice of others to oneself. During this dark period of our nation’s history, the dictator’s content of consciousness replaced reality, and this led the issuance of anti-freedom, irrational political and economic edicts that contravened reality and man’s nature and rights. The Marcosian dictatorship is a form of fascism, not capitalism. Capitalism is a social system based on the recognition of individual rights, including property rights, in which all property is privately owned. Dictatorship and political caprices and whims cannot exist in a capitalist society.
The revolutionary government of former president Corazon Aquino saw the rise of political correctness, progressiveness and egalitarianism simply because the intellectuals and political planners that time either rejected or failed to understand the principles of the free market system. This lack of understanding of the virtue of laissez faire capitalism led to suicidal economic and political policies. The Yellow regime of Mrs. Aquino saw the IPP’s (independent power producers) disgusting monopolization of the country’s power industry by giving them special privileges, grants and subsidies. Although representative Republicanism was revived during the time of Mrs. Aquino, a document of compromise was conceived in 1987 that carries with it the anti-concepts of egalitarianism, political correctness and progressiveness: the New Constitution.
In politics, these anti-concepts have been wittingly or unwittingly practiced by our career politicians through their campaign slogans, political platforms, and economic and social programs. In 1998 ousted President Joseph Ejercito Estrada ran and won under his pro-poor and emotionally appealing campaign slogan- “Erap Para Sa Mahirap (Erap for the Poor).” As expected, Mr. Estrada issued populist policies and gave special treatment to friendly mercantilists like tycoon Lucio Tan, Manuel V. Pangilinan’s consortium, etc. However, Mrs. Arroyo’s fascist rule produced more cronies and mercantilists who received government grants, subsidies, benefits, privileges, and special treatment. Take the case of former palace aide Michael Defensor who put up his two mining companies with Mrs. Arroyo’s blessings. Take the case of some members of the first family, its friends and relatives who creatively practiced the art of kleptoracy.
In a mixed economy bordering on dictatorship, only those who curry favor and maintain close political connections with the commander-in-chief can get special favors. A fan of John Maynard Keynes who was a student of Kant, Mrs. Arroyo doubled the size of the government and its financial obligation in just eight years.
In the run up to the May 10 elections, we are now witnessing a new brand of pro-poor, anti-capitalist collectivists with alarming political and economic programs. The most alarming, disturbing part of this political farce is not the content of their programs, but people’s apathy and credulity. They cheer whenever their candidate spouts pro-poor slogans and nice-to-hear anecdotes. Manny Villar, who beams his “Sipag at Tiyaga” political mantra, promised to save the poor from “sea of trash.” His annoying political jingle tells it all- Villar is the solution to poverty, hunger, illiteracy, and almost every single problem in this country. He is for the poor, the jingle claims, despite the fact that he’s worth more than $800 billion. ‘I’m already rich,’ he says, ‘if I want more money I should have gone back to business.’ Thaksin Shinawatra was already a billionaire when he became Thailand’s Prime Minister, but his riches did nothing to dissuade him from using his political power and influence to benefit himself and his business empire. It was Mr. Shinawatra’s gluttony that cost him his power. Villar is currently facing corruption and bribery scandals. His accusers claim he enriched himself by forcing the C-5 road project by using his political influence as Senate President despite the existence of a privately funded road project.
On the other hand, Sen. Noynoy Aquino is running under his “Country Above Self” political slogan. But it seems that Aquino and his running mate Mar Roxas failed to realize that the Filipino 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 essence, mantra reeks of altruism. It asks us to offer our lives to the state, and whoever espouses it is the state.
Gilbert Teodoro’s “Galing at Talino” is simply a political bromide designed to remind the people that the person behind it is what the country needs. Teodoro’s politics is essentially about establishing a “Nanny State.” In terms of economic platform, Mr. Teodoro simply spouts vague generalities and floating abstractions. He highlights the importance of “innovation” without concretizing the ways and methods by which to achieve this goal. The question that should be asked is: What particular economic system is consistent with “innovation?” He does not elaborate.
Take for example the disturbing anti-capitalist rant of his running-mate Edu Manzano against the call center industry. The actor-turned-politician expressed concern that the country’s biggest job creator is pulling young people away from professional disciplines. Manzano is simply reverberating the statist pragmatism and economic defeatism of the Arroyo administration that doubled the size of the government and its debt in a period of nine years. He is merely expressing the dominant trend and the collective ‘mentality’- hatred of the good for being the good- that is poisoning people’s mind in this country. Yes, the ugly face of this mentality is toting its reptilian head, and on its forehead it is written: Anti-Capitalism.
But the most dangerous part of his plan is his determination to implement a universal health care system in the Philippines, a proposal that is more dangerous than the Reproductive Health bill authored by some socialists in Congress. This single-payer plan must be opposed on the ground that it is violative of our individual rights. A passionate commenter sums up the reason why we must oppose any attempt to implement this evil system. He said this single-payer system “will definitely lead” to the following consequences:
- More taxes, because the government pays for your health care. Naturally the government gets the money from you, taxpayers;
- Brain drain, because doctors will be forced to serve patients at a lower fee.
- Less innovation in the medical field, because this universal health care system discourages profits.
- More political powers for the politicians/government to rule everybody’s lives because it simply provides the people’s needs.
Simply put, Mr. Teodoro’s proposal is dangerous not only to our liberty and rights, but also to the future of this country. In regard to the rest of the candidates, I have stated the following in my earlier blog:
“Today we are witnessing the rise of the two warring factions of collectivism: the right-wing Fascist movement and the left-wing Socialist collective. Presidential aspirants Gilbert Teodoro, Sen. Noynoy Aquino, Sen. Manny Villar, Sen. Richard Gordon, and ousted President Estrada have been spouting statist programs, which have all the trappings of fascism. On the other hand, evangelist Eddie Villanueva, of Bangon Pilipinas Party, and Coun. John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes, of Ang Kapatiran Party, and Nicanor “Nick” Perlas have been flaunting their pro-poor, pro-God political programs with socialist tendencies. Remember that the “socialism for the 21st century” of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was founded on Christian ethics. Sen. Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal is to be ignored simply because she’s undeniably a political “troll” whose primary purpose is to annoy and destroy Villar.”