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A Random Note on Janine and Ivan’s Essay on Conceptualism

I chanced upon Janine and Ivan’s essay “The Economic Aspect in Contemporary Writing and the Matter of Class in Literature: Reading selected conceptual works” while cleaning up my computer files in my flash drive in a borrowed equipment. This is my first month after my laptop finally gave up after 4 years. It is fine that I…

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Why Read Jose Ma. Sison? A Review of Building People’s Power (2016)

Note: This review was published by Bulatlat.com. It was also read during the book launch and International League of People’s Struggle 15th anniversary gathering at the Carillon Tower, Baclaran Church on May 28, 2016. Why read Jose Ma. Sison, known by his comrades as Ka Joma, if you’re not a red flag-waving activist? Sison’s writings are being read in leftist…

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Alain Badiou on the Dominant Ideology

I disagree with Badiou’s conflation of the philosophical contradiction between materialism/idealism (which has to do with the question of the relation between consciousness and the material world) and the more commonplace understanding of the two terms (as having to do with being materialistic or idealistic), a point also raised in the open forum at the…

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On Rimbaud, the Paris Commune, and Social Space

The Emergence of Social Space: Rimbaud and the Paris Commune by Kristin Ross seems to be more about Rimbaud than the emergence of social space or the Paris Commune, more literary criticism than a deeper meditation on the politics of space. I find a tendency to over read into the acts of the Communards (like…

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Debunking PH language myths

Last month, I criticized the article “Inglesero, Hispanggol, and the myth of the great cultural divide” by Erwin Fernande for its extreme regionalism and unabashed colonial mentality. Fernande attacked those who defended the Filipino language for their supposed “bullshit nationalism” in the wake of a memo issued by the Commission on Higher Education’s removing Filipino…