Category Archive: The Long View

Mar 29

The Long View: The controlling urge

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The controlling urge By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:20 AM March 29, 2017 A shrewd observer once pointed out to me that CEOs tend to obsess over specific points of data. They have absorbed so much information that inevitably only a few facts stick. CEOs …

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Mar 22

The Long View: Parity’s unintended consequences (2)

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Parity’s unintended consequences (2) By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:06 AM March 22, 2017 In the case of the Philippines, things got worse. By Nov. 6, 1946, the Republicans crushed the Democrats and took control of both houses of Congress. Harry S. Truman’s political standing, …

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Mar 15

The Long View: Parity’s unintended consequences (1)

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Parity’s unintended consequences (1) By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:08 AM March 15, 2017 The anniversary of the ratification of the Parity Amendment 70 years ago (1947) came and went without comment last March 11. On that date, 40 percent of the electorate voted, a …

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Mar 08

The Long View: Bury him with the bodies

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Bury him with the bodies By: Manuel L. Quezon II – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:09 AM March 08, 2017 It seems to me that sincerity of faith is one of those things one has no choice but to take at face value. At least if you go beyond the …

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Mar 01

The Long View: Reality bites

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Reality bites By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:10 AM March 01, 2017 Last Monday the Frankenstein majority in the Senate reorganized itself, tearing off from its ranks the senators who dared show their faces in last Saturday’s Edsa People Power Monument rally. Veteran journalist Chuchay …

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Feb 22

The Long View: Hitler’s willing executioners

Tweet THE LONG VIEW Hitler’s willing executioners By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:28 AM February 22, 2017 That is the title of Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s 1996 book where he argued that the Holocaust could only have taken place if a lot more people were involved in it, and not …

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Feb 15

The Long View: A Congress of cats

Tweet THE LONG VIEW A Congress of cats By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:20 AM February 15, 2017 In the House of Representatives, to the Speaker goes the glory—and control of the purse. But being in the limelight should not be confused with wielding actual power in the House. …

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Feb 08

The Long View: Frog and scorpion fight

Tweet Frog and scorpion fight By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:09 AM February 08, 2017 In September last year, Pierre Rousset writing in Europe Solidaire Sans Frontières observed that President Duterte had created a coalition of the Right and Left (with Joel Maglunsod in the labor department, Judy Taguiwalo …

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Feb 01

The Long View: The pause that refreshes

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The pause that refreshes By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:25 AM February 01, 2017 President Duterte has been pointed, even merciless, about the police from the start of his term, telling them in his first appearance at Camp Crame that they didn’t deserve the confidence he …

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Jan 18

The Long View: An offer no bureaucrat can refuse

Tweet THE LONG VIEW An offer no bureaucrat can refuse By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:05 AM January 18, 2017 How do you leave a lasting mark on the system? You engage in a Great Reorganization. Such reorganization has happened only five times since the modern presidency began in …

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Jan 11

The Long View: The cross and the sword

Tweet THE LONG VIEW The cross and the sword By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:05 AM January 11, 2017 Hardly anyone noticed when Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle held an Epiphany Mass at the Manila Cathedral and addressed rehabilitated drug addicts who, in turn, gave witness to their experiences in …

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Jan 04

The Long View: To oppose and propose

Tweet THE LONG VIEW To oppose and propose By: Manuel L. Quezon III – @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer / 12:07 AM January 04, 2017 What, exactly, is an opposition supposed to do? Obstruct? Sometimes, when it has to—because there are some things worth obstructing. Make noise? That goes without saying. Without noise, there can be …

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