EDSA, Neoliberalism, and Globalization

Mar 23

(Delivered at Coalesce Conference, sponsored by Ateneo Lex, Ateneo de Manila, March 18, 2017.) Most of you had not yet seen the light of day when the EDSA Uprising took place in February 1986. To my generation, this event was a memorable step in the Philippines struggle for democracy. The three decades that followed were marked by the reign of liberal democracy as...

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Valedictory Speech

Mar 16

Valedictory Speech

Mr. Speaker, dear colleagues: I stand before you today to give some parting words on the occasion of my resigning from this august body, which will be effective on As you all probably know by now, I am resigning from the House because I can no longer support my party’s stand of supporting the president.  According to our party’s code of conduct, the representative...

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Civil Society?s Choice at the G8 Summit: The Road of Genoa or the Road of Gleneagles?

Jul 08

The G7 were not successful in coordinating their policies, with the US under Ronald Reagan aggressively pursuing a cheap dollar policy that brought on recession in Germany and Japan.  They did, however, come together in a united front against the developing countries, putting their weight behind the neoliberal structural adjustment policies imposed by the World...

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Managing the Oil Crisis

Jun 18

We ought not to be completely helpless, however. What is so shocking about the current state of affairs is that our capacity to influence developments in oil has deteriorated from 25 years ago.  Then we had a proactive energy strategy, we had a government energy complex working to diversify our energy sources, and we had mechanisms to influence the domestic...

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Challenges and Dilemmas of the Public Intellectual

Apr 07

Thinking over Barry’s assignment last night, I would say that there are three key lessons I have learned:       – The first is that truths only become true through action.       – The second is that to get at the truth, one must sometimes resort to unorthodox research methods.  ...

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Selected Economic, Political, and Social Trends in Asia in a Global Context

Mar 29

– Rise of China and, to a less extent, India as central event in Asia over the last 20 years. – China’s relation to the United States: China as manufacturer of world and US as key buyer of Chinese products; China has provided credit from its trillion dollar reserves to keep US middle class consumption up; much of US debt is debt incurred from...

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