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When the global economic order favors the rich

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Thomas Nagel, who was a student of the revered John Rawls at Harvard, argues in a celebrated essay, “The Problem of Global Justice,” that the duty of justice is strictly political, an obligation that is restricted to fellow citizens in a sovereign state.

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Between China and America

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We are in between worlds, established superpower America of the West and emerging superpower China of the East. It is a contrast territorially and ideologically. The contrast of sunrise and sunset had carried with it much conflict historically. When the West discovered the East, expansionism by conquest and/or trade was the order of the day. For several centuries, relationships were defined by violence and greed.

Posted: June 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Is the world economy governable?

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THE FIRST clear reality that predicates the question above is that it’s a far different world now from what it was even as recently as five years ago. The world economy was once much simpler and, thus, governable when the Bretton Woods agreements were established, giving rise to, among others, postwar global institutions and procedures to regulate the international monetary system, namely the IMF and the World Bank.

Posted: November 30th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

An island of growth in a stagnant sea

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The economic news on the Philippines the last few weeks has been good. The country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate for the first semester was an impressive 6.1 per cent, which put it in the top tier in Asia, while its “competiveness” leaped 10 notches, to the 65th from the 75th spot, out of 144 countries rated by the World Economic Forum. Most other indicators appear to be pointing in a positive direction.

Posted: September 14th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Viewpoints | Read More »

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