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Does liberal democracy promote inequality?

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The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Current rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented.

Posted: December 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Does Liberal Democracy Promote Inequality?

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The evidence from Thomas Piketty, the United Nations, and other sources is quite conclusive: Current rates of global inequality are simply unprecedented.

Posted: December 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Storms before Christmas

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There is another storm coming, and its name is Hagupit. Funny, Hagupit is its international name, but the Philippines will be calling it Ruby. It looks a bit ironic that Hagupit is also a native Filipino word although not popularly used as a name, while Rudy is a foreign word but is a familiar name in the Philippines.

Posted: December 5th, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

The power problem: a Shell-driven crisis

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When Malacañang asked Congress for emergency powers to address a power crisis that it expected in the summer months of 2015, the impression given was that the country was facing a massive demand that would outrun available supply. In its request, the administration invoked Article 71 of the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (Epira), which states that the chief executive, “upon determination of a shortage of supply of electricity, may ask Congress for authority through a joint resolution, to establish additional generating capacity under such terms and conditions as it may approve.”

Posted: November 22nd, 2014 in Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Slavery by poverty

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“Power concedes nothing without a demand, it never did and never will.”

Posted: November 21st, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

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