"exposing false appearances of his own society and pointing at the systematic abuse of power; giving expression to his people’s deepest sense of how they ought to live, using the common language which he raises to a new pitch of intensity and argumentative power; reiterating the regulative principles by which one might set things right; and insisting that there are other forms of falseness and other, equally legitimate, hopes and aspirations. Such a critic is bound but never wholly bound to the life he shares with others. He is never uncritical of those in power or of his allies whose similar complaints he often regards as wrongly directed or incompletely stated. He is at once inside and outside, a member apart, a critical patriot, civilly disobedient, committed to a democratic politics that is never democratic enough." - J. Peter Euben
Revolutionary Spirit: Jose Rizal in Southeast Asia | Singapore Edition
Revolutionary Spirit: Jose Rizal in Southeast Asia | Philippine Edition
Imagine a nation with a noble and proud history, but a rough last century. It was occupied by a massive, powerful neighbor to the north, who undermined its political system and land ownership to benefit its national commercial interests. Soon … Continue reading →
Philippine Daily Inquirer, 07.19.2014 THE PHILIPPINE EDUCATIONAL Theater Association’s “Rak of Aegis,” a musical-comedy production about a fictional urban-poor community coping with floods that features the songs of the iconic pop-rock band Aegis, grabbed the lead in the 1st/2nd-quarter citations of the 2014 Gawad Buhay!, the Philstage Awards for the Perform […]
Responses I gave to a questionnaire from Richard Heydarian: Q. How does Duterte compare historically with his predecessors? what makes him unique? A. Three things set him apart: age, with half a century separating his world-view, language, and thinking from the majority of the current population; purely local experience, which means all things are viewed … C […]
On Sunday Pope Francis confirmed he wants to go to the war-torn nation of South Sudan this year with the Anglican Archbishop Justin Welby. If he pulls it off, it will be yet another trip the pontiff makes in an attempt to make his message of peace, mercy and bridge-building a reality in those corners of the world where it’s needed the most.