“The fascists of the future will be called anti–fascists.” — Winston Churchill
Today, a specter is haunting the Philippines— the specter of Karl Marx. More than 20 years after the creation of the 1987 Constitution, the Filipino nation is again faced with a new threat to the freedom and security of its people. In an altruistic attempt to end social and political squabbles that haunted the Filipino nation for decades, the framers of the New Constitution unwittingly compromised our freedom and civil liberties to temporary security and unity by establishing an ugly system of mixed economy, which now allows socialist and separatist movements to balkanize this country.
The fall of the fascist regime of Ferdinand Marcos paved the way for a new social system under which the socialists could finally infiltrate government institutions like the Congress to pursue their struggle for the establishment of a Maoist/Leninist regime in the Philippines. The first EDSA revolution was without consciousness, as the people merely ended the rule of a brutal dictator. It was not a triumph of individualism against collectivism, since the revolution was not inspired by a new consciousness that could have empowered the people to embrace a rational socio-economic system. Proof of it is that the people hailed the rogue enemies of freedom and liberty as heroes of the so-called first bloodless revolt in human history. The collapse of the ruthless Marcosian wall was regarded as a moment in history that saw the transference of power to the people. The socialists described it as the failure of capitalism in this country and nobody in the academia or in the business circle ever attempted to refute this claim. The 1986 revolt was not a product of philosophy— it was rather a product of history.
Unknown to many, a new culture invaded the academia, the religious sector, the absurd collective of the country’s obscure intellectuals and even the business sector—the culture of mediocrity. All colleges and universities in this country are mum about the values and concepts of capitalism. Most professors preach the value of altruism, while the intellectuals and media men moralize the virtue of sacrifice and call on the people to serve the good and welfare of others. The University of the Philippines, which is directly funded by taxpayers’ money, has become the breeding ground of communism in the country. It’s never a coincidence that the founding father of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Jose Maria Sison, was a political science professor at UP-Diliman. One of the so-called reputable universities in the metropolis also preaches altruism to its students through its philosophy of “men and women for others.” The worst enemy of freedom and liberty in this country are not the socialists or fascists but the colleges and universities that glorify the virtue of altruism, self-sacrifice and faith-based dogmatism. It is these schools that continue to destroy the youth’s consciousness, understanding of reality, self-esteem, sense of self and pride.
If there were schools that helped save this country after World War II, these were the new educational institutions that offered business
courses to poor and middle class students. The products of these business schools, which helped revolutionize the country’s educational system, became the leaders of the corporate sector and helped build this war-torn country. These enlightened institutions of learning might have been instrumental in developing our country and national consciousness, but the problem is that we lacked and are still lacking intellectual leadership.
The country’s culture of mediocrity, which is a product of its lack of rational philosophical foundation, clearly creeps in almost every aspect of our social and political life. Since this country was never founded on a rational, individualist philosophy, it is only expected that this nation doesn’t have any definite intellectual leadership and national direction. We are lucky to have adopted America’s Republican system, however, the problem is that we failed, or refused, to understand the wisdom of the superpower’s founding fathers. America, the only country founded during the Age of Enlightenment, was a product of philosophy— the philosophy of Aristotle. Its founding fathers created the most moral Constitution ever devised in human history based on Aristotle’s philosophy, which upholds man’s inalienable rights to his life, liberty, property, and his pursuit of happiness. Under Aristotle’s Law of Identity, the only economic system consistent with man’s right is Capitalism. It is based on that axiom: contradictions cannot exist. Thus, the concept of individual rights is incompatible with socialism, fascism or any form or brand of collectivism. However, notwithstanding the fact that it was founded on the right philosophy, America never practiced the economic system of Capitalism.
Most professors and intellectuals in this country do not understand the real concept of capitalism, and this is the reason why socialism or communism is winning by default. Their hatred of capitalism intensified after the stock market collapse in the United States in 2008. Both the enemies and worst defenders of capitalism at home and abroad cheered at the alleged failure of capitalism by pointing to the ongoing economic plight of the United States and other first world countries. As a result, most educators in this country demanded more government regulation and interference. As we experienced the effect of the ongoing recession in the West, the intellectuals and academic prattle firmly believed that the government must play a bigger role in order to solve the worsening economic crisis in our already cash-strapped, bankrupt nation.
It is no longer surprising that the socialists here and abroad described the economic crisis in the United States affecting the rest of the world as “the end of capitalism.” Jose Ma. Sison, in amessage of solidarity he delivered in Athens, Greece in October, states: “Greed, plunder, deceit and violence characterize the entire history of capitalism and monopoly capitalism and are on the rampage with flimsy disguise in the current global economic crisis, the worst since the Great Depression. You must consider the impact of this crisis on migrants and on the women migrant workers.” He further states: “The GFMD is a tool of monopoly capitalist deception. It is staged by the imperialist states and their puppet states to glorify the exploitation of migrant labor and the practice of modern slavery. These so-called receiving and sending states persist in peddling the myth of “free market” globalization and subject the working people and the unemployed intelligentsia to conditions that compel them to migrate, cheapen their labor and deprive them of their rights so as to permit their utmost exploitation.”
Sison, who is the patron saint of communism in the country, clearly refused to understand the concept of capitalism. It is true that capitalism is about greed, self-interest and egoism, but deceit, plunder and violence are never part of this most moral and practical economic system. Capitalism, the only political system consistent with man’s rights, demands the best in everyone. In a capitalist society, the only power given to capitalists is economic power, which means the power to produce and not the power to destroy and to rule people’s lives. Capitalists do not have the power to coerce individuals to buy or patronize their products or services. It is a system that rejects government intervention, the use of brute force, and state coercion. In a true capitalist society, the power of a government is purely limited. Deceit, plunder and coercion can only exist in a society where a government plays a major role in almost all phases or parts of social and economic life. While Mr. Sison devoted most of his speech to repeating popular lies against capitalism, he refused to mention Joseph Stalin’s brutal dictatorship in the defunct Soviet Russia, Mao Tse Tung’s genocidal ‘Great Leap Forward’ experiment that killed over 20 million Chinese (some historians claim over 70 million deaths), and China’s current slave pen.
The only achievement or success that the socialists can claim is their ability to create and perpetuate lies and myths to achieve their evil goal.
Capitalism and imperialism are contradiction in terms. Imperialism existed even before the birth of America. Lenin and Stalin expanded their evil empire by invading neighboring sovereign nations. It is a matter of public record that every socialist country on earth failed, as this evil social system is inconsistent with man’s rights and nature. In a socialist or communist society, man has no individual rights, private property is abolished, and that the means of production are controlled by the state. Socialism demands that man must serve others and that he must sacrifice his life to the state or to a dictator. The only achievement or success that the socialists can claim is their ability to create and perpetuate lies and myths in order to achieve their evil goal. In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall unveiled the evil face of socialism and the value of capitalism.
As recession spreads throughout the world, Sison, his blind followers, including socialist appeasers, unleashed their propaganda machinery to spread the great lie that America is a capitalist society— and that since America now experiences economic turmoil, they now proclaim that capitalism failed even if in truth and in reality it never exists in any part of the world. What they refused to admit is that America never embraced capitalism after losing its way nearly 100 years ago when former Pres. Woodrow Wilson signed the Federal Reserve Act in 1913. America’s recession was mainly caused by government intervention.
Like communism or socialism, capitalism is a word with objective, specific meaning. The French word “laissez-faire” literally means “let us alone.” According to Ayn Rand, the greatest contemporary philosopher who offered the best defense of this most moral economic system, capitalism simply means “a full, pure, uncontrolled, unregulated laissez-faire capitalism—with a separation of state and economics, in the same way and for the same reasons as the separation of state and church.” Sison is right in saying that capitalism is about greed and self-interest. This is because the moral justification of capitalism does not lie in the altruist claim that it represents the best way to achieve the common good. Under a true capitalist system, the achievement of common good is merely a secondary consequence.
More than 20 years since the fall of the fascistic Marcosian era, the Filipino is still being fed with a mediocre lie—that this country is being confronted with a clash between socialism/communism and fascism. For decades, the Leftists who benefit from our semi-free system have been spreading the false dichotomy that the choice confronting this country is either fascism or communism. They attempt to corrupt people’s consciousness that the Philippines is being fought over by an alleged dictatorship of the far-right (fascism) and a totalitarian far-left (communism), while capitalism is being ignored and eliminated, as if it had never existed at all.
Today, the socialists are using our remaining freedoms and objective laws against us…
It is true that the regime of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, which is bordering on dictatorship, is an example of fascism. Under this collectivist system, the means of production are distributed to cronies or to political allies of the dictator. Only the people close to the President or those who are able to curry favor with the dictatorship can corner government contracts, subsidies, largesse and any kinds of financial or political benefit at the expense of the taxpayers’ money. Observe that under the Arroyo regime, members of the first family and political allies of the President got rich by graft and corruption. Mrs. Arroyo herself accumulated mysterious amount of wealth during her stay in power.
The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the socialists in Congress, on the other hand, offer a social system that would guarantee alleged economic equality, prosperity and unity. In reality, the only way for the socialists to achieve social or economic equality is through redistribution of wealth, force, progressive taxation and slavery. The unity which they offer can only be achieved with the use of brute force, repression, censorship, and state surveillance, while prosperity consists in enslaving those who are able to work and produce for the benefit of those who aren’t. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines through Sison enumerated theevils of the current system: “Social discontent is widespread and intense among the toiling masses of workers and peasants and the middle social stratra due to the rising mass unemployment, the sinking real incomes, the soaring prices of basic commodities and services, the growing tax burden, the lack or inadequacy of social services and other socio-economic problems.” There is no need to decipher the meaning of this statement since it is clear that they seek to establish a Maoist/Leninist regime in this country. Their only strategy is to fool the people that it is their system that can only solve “social discontent,” “mass unemployment,” among other social and economic problems that we face today. Their goal is to abolish private property, man’s rights and turn men into slaves. And now, they are using our remaining freedoms and objective laws against us.
The only difference between communism and socialism is the number of deaths and the degree of man’s enslavement…
Despite clear evidence and proof that socialism or communism failed in almost all slave pens on earth, the Leftists still claim that the system is perfect but not the murderous dictators. They try to evade the fact that it is the system, which demands everybody’s enslavement and the use of brute force, that corrupts men. A system that abolishes individual rights and makes men the means to the ends of others and the state would logically lead to the rise of any potential dictator. The Leftists were also heavily hypnotized by Karl Marx’s evil lie that communism is different from socialism. The only difference between these two great lies is the number of deaths and the degree of man’s enslavement.
We are now in an age of mediocrity ruled by the country’s intellectual mystics and collectivists. Unless the collectivist trend is reversed, the coming of a dictatorship of the left (communists) or the so-called right (fascism) is just a matter of time. The socialist members in Congress, who found a way to pursue their collectivist goal under the party-list system, are now advancing, as they take advantage of our mediocre Constitution that compromised our liberty and freedom to temporary unity and security. This creepy collectivist trend also takes a fillip from schools, religious institutions and the intellectuals that are preaching the value of altruism, self-sacrifice and the evil of self-interest. Unknown to them, the common denominator between communism, religion and our dominant mediocre culture is altruism. Every dictator, according to Ayn Rand, is a mystic, and every mystic is a potential dictator. “A mystic craves obedience from men, not their agreement. He wants them to surrender their consciousness to his assertions, his edicts, his wishes, his whims—as his consciousness is surrendered to theirs. He wants to deal with men by means of faith and force—he finds no satisfaction in their consent if he must earn it by means of facts and reason. Reason is the enemy he dreads and, simultaneously, considers precarious; reason, to him, is a means of deception; he feels that men possess some power more potent than reason—and only their causeless belief or their forced obedience can give him a sense of security, a proof that he has gained control of the mystic endowment he lacked.”
The only choice to protect and defend our freedom is capitalism…
The philosophy of Karl Marx is founded on the morality of altruism and is immortalized by that altruistic axiom: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.”Socialism/communism demands that man must serve others and that he must offer his life to the state or to the dictator. Religionists echo the same ideal—that man must serve the good and interests of others and pursue the will of God. Both the academics and the intellectuals, on the other hand, demand for more government control. They demand that all people be chained to that collectivist principle that man, being a social being, is a means to the ends of others.
In this age of mediocrity and great compromise, it is not surprising that no one in this country ever attempts to offer a moral defense of capitalism and expose the evil of altruism and collectivism. The philosophy of both the mystics of muscle (communists/fascists) and the mystics of spirit (theocrats/religionists) is based on the morality of altruism, and the only corollary of the socio-political struggle of either group is collectivism. For many decades, capitalism has been vilified, distorted, ignored and obliterated. Today, the persistent enemies of capitalism are using the global economic crunch to destroy capitalism. Ayn Rand was right in saying the following: “One of the methods used by statists to destroy capitalism consists in establishing controls that tie a given industry hand and foot, making it unable to solve its problems, then declaring that freedom has failed and stronger controls are necessary.”
Ergo, the only choice to protect and defend our freedom is capitalism, and the only way to advance the cause of freedom and man’s rights is to have a rational intellectual leadership based on the philosophy for living on earth. The world you desire exists— but it can only be achieved by embracing the right choice.