To Filipino Freethinkers: Your Plagiarism is INCURABLE!
It came to my knowledge that the Filipino Freethinkers released an article, or an online memorandum, that aims to address the following issues: Freethinking, Objectivism, and Plagiarism.
According to this memo, the group has “decided to suspend Karlo [Espiritu] from his post as official FF writer indefinitely until he edits his post and publicly apologizes and says ten Hail Marys.”
This issue stems from my expose on April 12 about the highly appalling plagiarism of one of the writers of the Filipino Freethinkers, an atheistic collective I passionately call Free-farters. A Freethinkers’ writer, Espiritu, produced a well-written and highly applauded blog posted on the group’s website on March 27 entitled What’s So Wrong With Objectivism. Some ecstatic, brainless members of the Freethinkers were fooled into believing that Mr. Espiritu really authored his article, but their knee-jerk fanfare was only short-lived until I posted my own blog detailing how their most-commented blogger creatively copied the works of some professional writers and bloggers online. Since it would be highly impossible for Mr. Espiritu to deny the plagiarism allegation, he posted a statement on the Freethinkers’ Facebook group on April 13, wherein he claimed he “honestly wrote the essay hurriedly and published it without rewriting/revising it very well.” However, Mr. Espiritu did not apologize for his plagiarism but for his “being too careless.”
Personally I agree that an organization cannot have full control over the articles or reports submitted by its members, as well as over the latters’ personal behavior and beliefs, but my idea of an organization is that it has to have a set of standards, by-laws, or any policy or system that must be made known to, and observed by, all members. But yes, the memo says it so clearly- that the FF has no stance on various issues like politics, religion, or “anything” since it’s only “an informal group.”
However, I do not agree that there is a cure to the plagiarism of their ‘suspended’ member. An overwhelming evidence shows that almost all important, pertinent, or material portions of the blog article in question were taken illegally and unethically from various online sources. Thus my conclusion is that the blogger does not own the ‘fundamental ideas’ outlined in his blog post. They came from various online authors. And I don’t believe that the blogger has ever read the books of Ayn Rand which he mentioned (and I have stated very clearly my reason here.)
The memo read in part:
But still, I agree with the comments so far that Karlo should take responsibility for his actions. He has already replied and said that he will fix the plagiarism in his post. Do I think Karlo should be punished for what he did? Personally, not so much. But again, that’s just my opinion. If you think plagiarism, particularly what Karlo did, is a grave matter deserving of excommunication, do say so. Write a post about it if you like. You will not be censored. But please, try to stick to the issues and avoid the insults.
Let me tell you that editing or revising the article is a mockery of truth, integrity and honesty. The blogger himself claimed that what he wrote is “unimportant,” yet he produced nothing but borrowed premises, second-hand ideas, and rehashed lies from people who were either dishonest or who knew very little about the subject of their attack. How can you revise an article whose contents were lifted from various sources? How can you correct a lie? Is this not against science and logic?
A lie remains a lie! A is A. Nothing can be true and false at the same time. A borrowed idea remains a borrowed idea. You cannot correct it by simply rewording or paraphrasing it. The fact remains that the author stole the ‘fundamental idea’, which he sourced for his article. Any person who didn’t read the works of Ayn Rand would naturally resort to secondary sources, and that’s exactly what the blogger did, as he simply googled ‘friendly’ online material for his purpose: to somehow expose what’s wrong with Ayn Rand and her philosophy.
Now I have to tell you that this issue is scientific. Yes, it’s about the science of logic. All of us cannot cheat reality. We may try to escape reality consciously, but we cannot escape the consequences of escaping or evading reality. Reality shows that the blogger in this issue is a plagiarist. And because he’s a plagiarist it is only safe to conclude that he didn’t read any of the books of Ayn Rand, because if he really did, why the plagiarism? One doesn’t have to copy the works and ideas of others in order to make a point.
Now the proposal to edit or revise the work of Mr. Espiritu is unthinkable. It’s an act of intellectual exorcism. You cannot bring the dead back to life! You cannot correct a mistake by making another mistake! Everybody knows that an act of plagiarism was committed, and your proposal to revise the article in question is a travesty of logic and reason. It is, in fact and in reality, a mockery of reason and logic.
I have to say that this proposal simply reveals your ‘relativist’ premises. If most of you reject the fact that there is such thing as an absolute, then let me use this situation by pointing out that your decision to allow Mr. Espiritu to revise his blog is a good example of moral and epistemological (truth) relativism. The memo itself shows that you admit that a wrong has been committed, yet you evade to accept the fact that a wrong remains a wrong, and that it is no longer susceptible of any cure. Do you believe that such an act of revision could ever cure the fatal defect of that blog in question? Do you believe that a lie can be converted into a truth by simply making a compromise? That article, which is a product of plagiarism, will remain a product of ‘dishonesty’ even after a series of revisions. Again, A is A.
Such a proposal also reveals your moral agnosticism by refusing to make an absolute moral judgment, by calling a moral wrong a “moral wrong.” An act is immoral if there’s a breach of man’s rights and reality. Here, two moral breaches have been committed: 1) a breach of one’s values and principles (e.i., honesty, truth, integrity, moral principles), and 2) a breach of other people’s rights (e.i., intellectual property, recognition, acknowledgment).
Are these not scientific? If the answer is NO, then reality to some people in these parts is not even percepts but words.
And to Mr. Karlo Espiritu who wrote the following on the FF online forum: “There seems to be another fuss about this topic”: If you ever try to use your mind, you’d realize that this issue gained public attention not because you wrote a crappy blog, but because of the undeniable, irrefutable fact that you are a PLAGIARIST! C’mon, get back to reality!