Premeditated, not proportional to the threat. Dubious in intent, smell it as part of a bigger design. Have no conspiracy theory, but the president may be weakening if not dying and wooing the military would secure that the line of succession is dismantled early on

“Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people…”

I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone – if possible – Jew, Gentile – black man – white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness – not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way.

Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical. Our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery we need humanity. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost….

The aeroplane and the radio have brought us closer together. The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in men – cries out for universal brotherhood – for the unity of us all. Even now my voice is reaching millions throughout the world – millions of despairing men, women, and little children – victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who can hear me, I say – do not despair. The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed – the bitterness of men who fear the way of human progress. The hate of men will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people. And so long as men die, liberty will never perish. …..

Soldiers! don’t give yourselves to brutes – men who despise you – enslave you – who regiment your lives – tell you what to do – what to think and what to feel! Who drill you – diet you – treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts! You are not machines! You are not cattle! You are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate – the unloved and the unnatural! Soldiers! Don’t fight for slavery! Fight for liberty!

In the 17th Chapter of St Luke it is written: “the Kingdom of God is within man” – not one man nor a group of men, but in all men! In you! You, the people have the power – the power to create machines. The power to create happiness! You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.

Then – in the name of democracy – let us use that power – let us all unite. Let us fight for a new world – a decent world that will give men a chance to work – that will give youth a future and old age a security. By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power. But they lie! They do not fulfil that promise. They never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people! Now let us fight to fulfil that promise! Let us fight to free the world – to do away with national barriers – to do away with greed, with hate and intolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness. Soldiers! in the name of democracy, let us all unite!

Final speech from The Great Dictator Copyright © Roy Export S.A.S. All rights reserved

A Liberal Manifesto

I haven’t read it all. Probably 15 percent of this voluminous material that spells out what the government will do in the next five years. But by the looks of it, the current development plan is more of the same just like in the previous administration’s, only re-written in new style, with more emphasis on swifter justice (even included as a new chapter even if justice cuts across many areas).

Malasakit is to level the playing field; this section boasts only of swifter delivery of services to them. Nothing new in terms of strategy; it’s the approach to delivery that may be different after all.

Swifter and more efficient are the operative words I believe to differentiate the current from the previous administration’s version of the PDP. If only to promote what this current administration all along felt to be the thing lacking in the former government.

The section on drug war seemed forced into the text just to highlight the presidential preference for it.

But come to think of it, this PDP practically echoed what Mario Taguiwalo all along said and was talking about: middle-class aspirations.

“The Filipinos’ vision for the Philippines in 2040 is a prosperous, predominantly middle class society where there is equality of opportunities and poverty has been eradicated. It will be a society where people live long and healthy lives with a higher life expectancy at birth of 80 years. Longevity will be enhanced by the ability of individuals and communities to withstand natural as well as man-made shocks and disasters. With smarter and more innovative people, the country in 2040 is also envisioned to be a major player in the global knowledge economy, producing innovative products and processes that are used to make high quality goods and services at competitive prices. The Philippines will be a high trust, more caring, and peaceful society where human security is assured and government enjoys the people’s trust because it is clean, efficient, and service-oriented. High trust will also prevail between the private sector and the government, as well as between and among peoples. Overall, a high trust society will facilitate official and business transactions, and smooth interpersonal relations. 

On the kind of life they want for themselves, Filipinos want a life that is stronglyrooted, comfortable, and secure: matatag, maginhawa, at panatag.

The terms “strongly-rooted, comfortable, and secure” used to describe the life envisioned by Filipinos by 2040 reveal middle-class aspirations. They include home ownership, a steady source of income to support family and self, college education for the children, a motor vehicle, stable finances to cover daily needs and contingencies, savings for retirement, and time for vacation and travel. There is also a strong family orientation that underlies the preferences as reflected in the choice of living and working in the same locality, the desire for adequate spaces that allow for activities with family and friends, and the desire for access to convenient and affordable transportation for occasional visits to family and friends, among other reasons. The same value is reflected in the importance attached to education. Nearly every Filipino family considers college education a requisite to a decent job and so aspires to have the children complete a college degree.

The desired lifestyle requires a monthly family income of at least ₧120,0004 for a family of four valued in 2015 prices in the National Capital Region.”

This is a liberal manifesto. As to being grounded on reasonable anchor, that we will see.