Hi paeng! yung alternative ay mahabang paliwanagan yan. i would recommend that you discuss it with your activist friends which you say you have lots of. but as example, sa economy, key programmatic components are agrarian reform and building of state-owned industries. two seemingly safe terms pero malawak yan. the idea on agrarian reform, for example, is that land will be distributed equitably sa tillers, sa farmers. what we have under carp isnt such kundi strengthening ng control ng landlords over their lands. sa alternative program ng mga aktibista, ididistribute talaga ang lupa similar to what happened before capitalism ever took place. i could suggest to you books that expound or elaborate or enlighten on this if you're really interested. point lang here is that marami kasing umaatake sa mga aktibista nang hindi naman nila talaga alam kung ano ang sinasabi nila. as one here said, there is this "failure (daw) to elaborate on the alternative they offer."
tibak na ko sa up noong 1991, these are the same prehistoric arguments na nire-raise against us noon. (at eto pa rin hanggang ngayon?! jeez and i thought we're already past the post-postmodern timespace.) but im in no way blindly defending activism. i have been there and i know that there are weaknesses, which i guess and i still hear, are adequately being addressed naman. i would admit, i bolted activism because of these weaknesses i speak of. lagi namang struggle yan. lagi namang may debate at pagtatalo. ako ang problem ko, di ako nakatagal sa mga pagtatalo aside from hindi ko malabanan ang mga burgis na trippings ko. pero sincerity? alternative? the activists have those. madali lang magsabi na wala silang alternative.
For the record, I am informed about the "alternatives" talked about in this comment. In fact, one of my favorite reads is The Anti-Development State by Walden Bello. In the first chapter of the book, Bello discusses in detail the state of Philippine agrarian reform and the failures of CARP as an equitable land-distribution program. It's a very enlightening read. It may be a bit harsh specially when dealing with the programs of some well-meaning neo-liberal economic managers like Cielito Habito, but Bello's arguments were so well-presented that one would truly understand where he's coming from. To anybody who's looking for a well thought-out analysis of the Philippine post-Marcos economy, this is a must-read.
I think mr. anonymous and I did not "connect", and thus, the misunderstanding. I apologize for being quite "vague" when I said that activists do not have an alternative solution. I agree with his proposal for equitable agrarian reform and the formation of state-owned industries. (subject to some qualifications, of course) What I'm asking for, though, is for the activist sector's proposal as to how these ends could be achieved. That's the "alternative solution" that I'm asking for. How would we achieve agrarian reform? By protests? Isn't there another way? Is protesting to lobby these causes "active" enough? That is the point of my criticism.
Solusyon, wag lang demonstrasyon.
Personally, I think the activist movement should open themselves to other means to achieve their envisioned ends. Demos, protests and lobbying against the government presuppose two things - 1) that government action is a necessary component to the solution of our problems and 2) that public protest is an effective tool in persuading government officials to do what the public wants them to do. It's a highly-centralized way of thinking - putting too much importance on the government's role in solving societal woes. This is a hopeless case, specially with a self-serving and corrupt government like ours. I believe that activists should instead make their constituents take a more proactive stance, because ultimately...
ANG SOLUSYON AY NASA ATING MGA KAMAY
Take the case of the UP Charter change issue. For years, UP, just like the rest of the public educational institutions in the Philippines, has been neglected by Congress as the budget for education has been...minimal. It created a problem - the quality of UP education has gradually deteriorated because of inadequacy of funds necessary to make the university competitive compared to other higher educational institutions in the world.
As a solution, a change in the charter of the University has been proposed. The revised charter would enable UP to be more independent and autonomous when it comes to raising the source of funds. That means UP would have control over the use of its resources and could engage in profitable ventures such as leasing out of lands and entertaining contracts for private research.
Naturally, the activists cried "Foul!" Their argument is that adapting the revised UP charter would only encourage our corrupt government officials to abandon the education sector. A very sensible argument, actually, but there's one thing that should be noted...
OUR CORRUPT GOVERNMENT HAS ALREADY ABANDONED OUR EDUCATION SECTOR
As an alternative to the UP Charter Change, activists offered that we should instead engage in more lobbying, more protests, more rallies and more public pressure against our government. But then again...
THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER LISTEN
THE GOVERNMENT WOULD NEVER EVER LISTEN
No matter how many voices we could muster, how could we expect a deaf government to listen to its constituents? If the government would not give us the money we need, why not raise it ourselves? If the government is in cahoots with the greedy landowners, why not take agrarian reform "into our own hands"?
Activist protests are not active enough because under that set-up, the ultimate power to solve our problems still lies with our government. FUCK THE GOVERNMENT!!! Why should we entrust that power to self-absorbed crooked politicians? If we want to be really really active, stop lobbying. Stop protesting. Start acting! Let us act to solve our problems by ourselves without asking intervention from a government that does not care in the first place. That, my friends, is what I define as true activism.
ANG SOLUSYON AY NASA ATING MGA KAMAY!!!
And that's my postscript.