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‘Going Too Far’? Abad Deserved More

When Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s exit from a forum at the University of the Philippines (UP) School of Economics last Sept. 17 was met by heated protests, student activists were reprimanded by some UP professors and administrators for supposedly ‘going too far’. The usual gangs of President Benigno Simeon ‘Noynoy’ Aquino’s apologists were also quick…

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The Day of Naming (Poem)

The Day of Naming By Varavara Rao, Translated by D. Venkat Rao 1 Can the empire acquiesce If insurrection makes The vagrant and untitled Valiant? Heroes must have lineage When people of the forest converge, Gather mortar, wood and stone, And build; Can this become a saga? History must have foundation Do you light a…

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Man-Made Disasters?

‘Our fault’? More than just ‘man-made’, some of the biggest disasters are in fact the direct consequence of the world capitalist system of production that has concentrated wealth in a handful of monopoly capitalists at the expense of the environment and the majority of the toiling classes who wallow in abject poverty and desperation. The…

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Gramsci on Philosophy and Common Sense

Is a philosophical movement properly so called when it is devoted to creating a specialized culture among restricted intellectual groups, or rather when, and only when, in the process of elaborating a form of thought superior to ‘common sense’ and coherent on a scientific plane, it never forgets to remain in contact with the ‘simple’…