Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter — Snapshots of Filipinos

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This week’s The Long View

With Razib Khan

By now you are quite familiar with an essay that Razib Khan wrote, which I think brings up a remarkably relevant phenomenon taking place in India. He recently invited me to an online conversation and the podcast that resulted is linked to, below.

#ProyektoPilipino ep. :

The youth has started to reawaken. As we have seen in the last elections, 52% of registered voters were young voters and many youth volunteers began to mobilize to not just support a candidate, but also extend education and aid to the more vulnerable sectors of the society.

Two contrasting reads

A blog post by a young Filipino diplomat. An interesting read! So do read it, and then check out my thoughts.

Two very interesting ideas here: that by his victory Marcos tacitly if not overtly accepts the EDSA institutions made possible by the fall of the dictatorship, and the identification of the current era being in favor of “disciplinary democracy” but not outright authoritarianism with that “disciplinary democracy” being a public unwilling to fully give up the rights established in the now-defunct EDSA consensus.

Marcos Restoration? — DISPATCH GENEVA

Rey Ileto stated “Voters are passing judgment on competing narratives over the country’s political history.”

One would have to inquire if this was consciously a factor; on one hand the Marcos Restoration scheme precisely aimed to make the past a non-issue; second, it has to be asked how long the public’s frame of reference actually is.

Why supporters supported each candidate
The actual concerns of voters over time

To read…

Got this splendid book through the good folks at Fully Booked bookstore, who have copies available. I find if a fair and insightful. Check out the review below to see why it should be on your shelf.

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Manuel L. Quezon III

Manuel L. Quezon III


Columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer. Editor-at-large Views strictly mine. I have a newsletter, blog, podcast, and Patreon.