Indeed, the essay “The War is Over” rehashes the old yarn that the Philippine Maoist-inspired Left is anachronistic, dogmatic, and exhausted and conjures all sorts of erroneous data and misconceptions in order to give this impression. Yet at the same time the writer seems awestruck at this radical movement’s vitality and continuing ability to mobilize and lead hundreds of thousands. Alex de Jong’s hatchet piece ultimately speaks more of the writer’s ideological blinders than an accurate portrayal of the revolutionary movement in the Philippines . . .
As a Filipino activist committed to radical social change, I like JacobinMag.com, the magazine that introduces itself as one “of culture and polemic.” Well, despite the lapse in judgment that spurred this missive (which we’ll get to shortly), I still do. I like the fact that its articles are short, direct-to-the-point, and relatively free of jargon. Its articles on the struggle of the workers and people of Greece against austerity, for example, are enlightening.
Jacobin’s publication of “The War Is Over” by one Alex de Jong, however, is a low point for the website. Despite its attempt to feign even-handedness, de Jong’s article clearly demonizes the underground Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the open national-democratic umbrella organization Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan, which means “nation” in Filipino) before an international audience.
While admitting that the CPP and Bayan constitute “the strongest current on the Philippine Left,” the article…
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