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The wretched of the earth

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It was pathetic, to say the least, to see overgrown juveniles yesterday lash out with the same polemics they had been mouthing 40 years ago, griping against the “US-Marcos dictatorship” and what Jose Maria Sison once described as the “attendant evils” of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucrat capitalism.

Yesterday, of course, was the State of the Nation Address of Ferdinand Marcos Jr, the “fascist’s son” to leftists, many of whom are too young and too ignorant to understand that fascism is a phenomenon historically associated with the Left rather than the Right.

One overgrown knapsack-carrying activist blasted at Marcos for “failing the Filipino people” and bemoaned the “sorry state of peasants and workers” without a single shred of evidence, without presenting any data, totally oblivious to the fact that it was only under the “dictator’s namesake” that a law was passed benefiting agrarian reform beneficiaries.

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This activist who never had a decent job since his student days might have not been reading the papers lately (as he had ever since) to know that the Agriculture Emancipation Act signed by Marcos Jr benefited more than 600,000 farmers by writing off a total of close to P57 billion of their debts.

Another overgrown snowflake, whose only expertise is mixing sand and cement, echoed the sad plight of the “masang pigos kag anakbalhas” and gave Marcos a failing grade though he was perhaps too dumb to even define a scale, much less a Likert scale to justify his ratings.

It is of course well within the current laws of this “repressive” State for these cretins to continue exercising their freedom of speech and allow them their feeble attempt to waste the time of naive reporters who cover them and for more naive individuals to listen to or even believe them.

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That they are free to make a mockery of our freedoms is proof that this society we live in, flawed and imperfect it might be, tolerates”the dull and the ignorant,” as described in Desiderata that also implores us to “listen to others.”

Listening to a repeat of their assertions, the same ones I made more than 20 years ago as an urban-based Communist cadre heading the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan)-Negros (but presented with facts and argued with clarity), I cannot help but admire them for their willingness to sacrifice themselves on the altar of their delusional “protracted people’s war” that promises the utopia of socialism.

The hypocrisy that is apparent in their political cartwheeling is thus: these charlatans who have no real experience in the real world have the arrogance to dictate on us how to go about our way of life by “championing” the so-called oppressed and exploited” that they are guilty of oppressing and exploiting until now.

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Example: “ghost implementation of “projects” financed by foreign funding agencies through Communist legal fronts. Millions of pesos go directly to the CPP leadership in the region then headed by Frank Fernandez. I know this as a former member of the Regional Urban White Area Committee.

Goebbels once said a lie repeated a thousand times becomes the truth.

That is what the CPP had been doing for more than 50 years.

Why? Because in order for Communism to succeed, people must believe they are wretched, oppressed and exploited and can find salvation only in the party of the wretched and exploited.

These are the opening lines to the Filipino version of the Internationale, the hymn of Communist parties around the world:

Bangon, sa pagkakabusabos
Bangon, alipin ng gutom!
Katarungáy bulkang sasabog
Sa huling paghuhukom.
Gapos ng kahapóy lagutin.
Tayong api ay magbalikwas!
Tayo ngayóy inaalipin,
Subalit atin ang bukas.

Indeed, there is something fundamentally suspect with an ideology that looks at people as wretched and as victims.

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Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.
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