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Marxism and Hypocrisy at UP

February 7, 2011

 

Alfredo Pascual. A neo-Marxist was elected new President of the UP. He proposed to increase corporate income tax, which clearly shows his Marxist ideology...

Alfredo Pascual. A neo-Marxist was elected new President of the UP. He proposed to increase corporate income tax, which clearly shows his Marxist ideology…

By what right does this statist UP President propose to tax corporations and all income-earning private entities and individuals? By what right? Is Pascual’s proposal made in the name of the common good of some “iskolar ng bayan”? If this neo-Marxist thinks he’s good enough to be the leader of this “great university”, then he should have found some ways or strategies to finance his own ambitious projects without SHAMELESSLY passing the entire burden to the nation’s taxpayers.

With the election of its new president, UP is very much guaranteed to maintain its Marxist culture. Among the prominent Marxist UP alumni are Communist Party of the Philippines leader Jose Maria Sison, Dr. Edberto Villegas, former UP President Francisco Nemenzo, and Prof. Oscar Evangelista who helped shape what most leftists and neo-liberal statists call “the Filipino consciousness.”

In fact in an interview, Sison, the god-father of Marxism in the Philippines, talks about the current intellectual and ideological culture at UP in his own Marxist doublespeak. He describes the so-called “official ideology” of the state-funded university as “a conservative and pro-imperialist type of bourgeois liberalism” without exerting any effort to back his outrageous and purely ignorant claim.

Sison’s highly deceptive claim merely shows his propensity to concoct lies and propaganda to suit his own evil political agenda. My reading of Sison’s leftist claptrap is that the Filipino modern-day Marxists must defeat the enemy that is eating at the core of our intellectual corridors at UP, and this enemy is what he termed as “conservative and pro-imperialist type of bourgeois liberalism.” This shows that Sison clearly understands the nature of his ‘mein kampf’ or personal struggle. He fully knows that they are engaged in an intellectual battle in the Philippines. 

Sison goes on to say the following:

“Even as this is the case, the U.P. is still relatively the most progressive university in the semi-colonial and semi-feudal Philippine society. At any rate, there is a constant struggle of progressive and reactionary ideas in the university. These conflicting ideas are reflected in the curriculum, especially in courses of study that allow debate on social issues.

“Since my time in the U.P., the Marxists have advocated the national democratic revolution under the leadership of the working class in alliance with the peasantry and the urban petty bourgeoisie. They propagated on the campus the alliance of Marxism-Leninism and the progressive type of nationalism and liberalism in order to make a further new democratic advance against the persistence and growth of reactionary ideas which are pro-imperialist and pro-exploiting classes and are opposed to a patriotic, scientific and pro-people kind of education and culture.”

The question now is: Will the new UP president, Alfredo E. Pascual, continue the Marxist legacy in this “great university” of learning?

Joma Sison: God-father of Marxism in RP

Joma Sison: God-father of Marxism in RP

Sison was never so elusive and vague in describing what UP failed to achieve. He says:

The U.P. fails to serve the Filipino people by having an ideology that is contrary to their national and democratic rights and interests and by producing professionals who have a high opinion of themselves and are self-interested but who serve mainly the interests of foreign powers, multinational firms and banks, the reactionary government and the local exploiting classes. It is fine that since the sixties a considerable number of patriotic and progressive teachers and students have arisen to contest pro-imperialist and conservative ideas. They have developed mainly as a result of social activism along the line of the people’s struggle for national liberation and democracy.

The U.P. also fails to serve the Filipino people as it continues to favor the admission of students from the upper classes. Since my time in the U.P., the proportion of students coming from the public school system and the toiling masses has become reduced by the heavy inflow of students from the upper classes. There should be reforms to address this problem. Otherwise the U.P. will continue to fail its principal sponsors, the Filipino people who predominantly belong to the working class and peasantry.

More than 70 percent of the U.P. students should be the brightest from the exploited classes. The upper classes are overrepresented in the U.P. They will continue to overrun the U.P. and push out those coming from the lower classes if there are less and less funds from the government and the tuition fees go higher and higher.

Siso’s advice to UP- and perhaps to its new president- is:

“… the U.P. should become a center of patriotic, scientific and people’s democratic education. It should be at the forefront of the people’s struggle to uphold and defend national sovereignty and democracy, realize economic development through national industrialization and land reform, achieve social justice, promote the national cultural heritage and use science for the benefit of the people and develop international solidarity among the peoples and countries of the world for world peace and development.”

In his vision statement titled “Remaking a Great University: UP in the 21st Century”, Pascual appears to have heeded the advice of the country’s god-father of Marxism.

Pascual states:

“A great university takes a leadership role in the educational, cultural, social, and economic development of the country it serves. U.P. as the national university must give paramount consideration to national concerns. U.P. should pursue its teaching, research and extension service functions not only within the framework of its many academic disciplines but more so in the context of national development needs that are ever changing and becoming increasingly complex. U.P. has a historic commitment of service to the Filipino nation. In the 21st century, this must include efforts to help the country become a significant and positive player in global society.”

The new UP President enumerates the basic principles of his academic leadership, which are as follows:

  • A great university is anchored on academic excellence. U.P. must strengthen its tradition of excellence in teaching (disseminating knowledge), research (creating knowledge) and extension service (applying knowledge).
  • A great university has a highly recognized research function. U.P. must upgrade its research capability, building it up from its existing and promising centers of excellence. Crucial to achieving this is an expanded graduate program.
  • A great university has excellent faculty and staff. U.P. must recruit, maintain and develop the best academic staff.
  • A great university recruits students from among the best and brightest in the community it serves. Surely, U.P. must admit only the best high school graduates in the Philippines.
  • A great university prepares its students for successful careers and responsible citizenship. U.P. must impart to its students not just technical information that will likely be obsolete by the time they graduate.
  • A great university is financially sustainable. REALLY?!

But how will the new UP leadership achieve its altruistic goals? Here’s how this neo-Marxist Pascual is going to FINANCE his vision.

  • Ask for more government or taxpayers’ assistance: U.P. needs a long-term funding commitment from the government above what is currently being allotted to it annually.
  • Apply some “MOOCHING STRATEGY”: Pascual states: “the UP leadership must prepare a 10-year development plan that convincingly builds the case of U.P. as a key to national development. This development plan will be used as the basis for negotiating an increase in the level of annual appropriations for U.P.” What a very clever idea! So Pascual and his academic minions (who are perhaps Marxists) are going to try their best to convince our politicians that UP needs more taxpayers’ money.
  • Propose to increase TAXES!!!: Pascual’s statist vision further states: “In funding the plan implementation, one possible source that can be explored is the corporate income tax, among others. A certain percentage of this tax may be earmarked.” How can our current administration attract more foreign investors to do business in our country with this highly outrageous and mindless proposal of the new UP President? The only good thing about Pascual’s vision is that he understands that his plans require more taxpayers’ money.
  • Turn to alumni: “To supplement direct government funding, U.P. must intensify efforts to generate support from alumni as well as other donors and philanthropic sources.” The question is: are its alumni generous enough to part with their money?

If the UP is so great, as most of its Marxist alumni and statist officials claim, then  it should have the capability to be self-sufficient. However, reality has it that UP remains the greatest University of Parasites in the Philippines. Oh yes! Socialism really works until you run out of other people’s money.

By what right does this statist UP President propose to tax corporations and all income-earning private entities and individuals? By what right? Is Pascual’s proposal made in the name of the common good of some “iskolar ng bayan”? If this neo-Marxist thinks he’s good enough to be the leader of this “great university”, then he should have found some ways or strategies to finance his own ambitious projects without SHAMELESSLY passing the entire burden to the nation’s taxpayers.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. dumdum permalink
    February 10, 2011 3:38

    i-privatize na kasiiiiiiii 😐

    • February 19, 2011 3:38

      Why privatize, if the government can subsidize(greater)?

      @dumdum “How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
      -Herbert Spencer

      @froivinber “When a man’s knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion.”
      -Herbert Spencer

      Social facts. Digest them.

      • Juan Galdo permalink
        February 20, 2011 3:38

        @mudmud said: “Why privatize, if the government can subsidize(greater)?”

        Where will the government get money to subsidize them without taxing the people? Nature of Man tells us that it’s NOT the proper role/function of government to provide our basic needs, EDUCATION.

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