Category: dictatorship

Who came closest to killing Hitler?

Who came closest to killing Hitler?

There were dozens, but here’s a funny moment: In 1942, a conspirator decided to blow himself up together with Hitler and his entourage.  At the last minute, he must have had problems with nerves...

A Silent Call to the EDSA Generation

History books and heroes carried an EDSA that was about setting things right in the Philippines, and maybe some of them had the right idea, but mostly, the context of that demonstration was misunderstood....

A Comprehensive Proposal for an EDSA Reform (edited)

A Comprehensive Proposal for an EDSA Reform (edited)

EDSA will no longer be about alternative personalities, or parties. It will no longer be about dependence on the individual. It will be something better, more comprehensive. Now you will have something to fight...

Mr. Lenin’s Democracy (updated 04-14-2016)

They were freedom fighters, and revolution became synonymous with them.   But decades later, they became nightmarish regimes that terrified the imagination and subjugated millions.  Dystopia and totalitarianism became synonymous with them.   What happened?  Why...

Inertia: Sustaining the EDSA Movement

No, no, no, Arroyo will not listen… but we will howl nevertheless. In the two years she remains in power, we will howl her in the streets, howl her in the courts, and howl...

Impunity

Impunity

Throughout the world, the end results have been the same. Dictators who were overthrown either have the sympathy of the new strongman, or have entered ill health as to no longer be held accountable...

The Fatal Flaw of Western Democracies (revised 08-01-2012)

Schools have long taught that the American government was the model of that perfect democracy.   That, however, has not stopped existing democracies from falling into tight-handed dictatorships.   What has gone wrong?   What is different...

For Better or For Worse: Cuba, Pakistan, Kosovo

For Better or For Worse: Cuba, Pakistan, Kosovo

Everywhere there seems to be a feeling of fatigue for one failed system after another, and movements (like Obama’s, which seems to be sweeping the United States) have begun to spring up, maybe not...