Maybe, just maybe…

One of my suspicions about the Philippine political psyche is that there will come a time, not too long from now, when people—if so prompted—will clamor for less democracy, not more. I do not have any empirical evidence for this view, but I have long suspected that such views are popular among the upper and middle classes and some religious movements here such as the Iglesia ni Cristo.

I do not know whether to join in that clamor, or to oppose it. But I know that will not be helped if my contribution to that debate is unnuanced, un-thought-out, and, as a friend helpfully reminded me earlier, insulting. Such contributions only add to that clamor.

I promise to be more careful next time. Democracy is something we take for granted too often.


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