August 29, 2015     Philippines
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Thursday, August 20th, 2015

A is for Anakbayan and other activist terms in the Philippines

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino A – Anakbayan is a youth group established in 1998 which became prominent in Edsa Dos and during the campaign for the abolition of ROTC. Anakpawis is a partylist group which is at the forefront of the campaign to pass the Genuine Agrarian Reform Bill. Ang Bayan is the official paper

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

What I think about rallies when I am marching in a rally

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino The heat, of course. Is it going to be tolerable? Ah but the scorching summer temperature is like inferno on Earth. There’s also the humid air, succeeded by a brief but heavy rain,...

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The conscience of a radical or how the Left can join parliament and reject opportunism at the same time

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Some academics lauded a partylist legislator who resigned from Congress because of the latter’s inability to faithfully represent and defend the majority position of his political party. In particular, the legislator said he...

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

In defense of negativity and rah-rah activism

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino If you think activists are too negative, then would you rather prefer the silent optimism of the apathetic? If unimpressed by the political value of streetnoise activism, would you follow the uncritical collaborationism...

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Dear kids, you are free to choose your life, but will you please try activism?

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino These are precarious times. We live in a world plagued by mass poverty, chronic hunger, wealth inequality, and racism but we seem to lack the will to overcome these preventable miseries. The world...

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Why I am not offended when somebody calls me a communist

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino I keep silent every time I am tagged a communist. It’s not embarrassment but more of disbelief that in this day and age, a red baiter still thinks that this kind of witch...

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Maoism is the reason why the hills are alive in the Philippines

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino How do you explain the presence of communist rebels in the country’s forest frontiers? Interestingly, the last remaining green spaces in the boondocks are strongholds of the New People’s Army. So who really...

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

How to write against the Left

QUESTION EVERYTHING By Mong Palatino Start by insinuating that it’s evil to be associated with the Left, for example ‘Beware of Left-leaning groups’. There’s no need to elaborate; simply insert the term ‘Left’ in a sentence...

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Why we should reject the sentimental activism of reactionary bureaucrats

QUESTION EVERYTHING By Mong Palatino Some reactionaries in the bureaucracy erroneously assume that their activism in the past makes them intellectually and even morally superior over the present generation of change advocates. Some probably misjudged their...

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Why we should celebrate Edsa Dos

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino Was Edsa Dos a coup, power grab, or an uprising? Was it a farce? It may be all of the above but it’s a political event worth celebrating. Why should we allow the...

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

How to surrender a United States Green Card in 3 easy steps

QUESTION EVERYTHING Mong Palatino 1. You grew up fantasizing about life in the United States, the land of milk and honey. You were bombarded with seductive images of first world living courtesy of Hollywood. You and your...

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