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there was once a middle class...
.now it is quickly disappearing.

posted by Friar__Tuck on May 13, 2005 at 6:42 AM | link to this | reply

yes, I see
What will it take to shake the old feudal ideas and the great divide between the powerful and powerless? It seems like that problem gets alleviated, if not eliminated in societies where a middle class emerges and becomes the largest sector of society. Do you think that's true and do you see it happening in your homeland?

posted by AnCatubh on May 10, 2005 at 1:03 PM | link to this | reply

The culture of impunity is most often the characteristic of the rich and the powerful. In a lot of ways those who are not rich nor powerful are still feudal in outlook; they don't defend themselves, they don't cry out in protest. Journalists put themselves among these people and volunteer to be their speakers. When they do they actually expose themselves to the ire of the powerful. When they are killed for doing their "community service" the poor whom they have been defending and fighting for simply get paralyzed -- they wouldn't know what to do, even if they knew who were responsible for the murder. Going back to your question: Most Filipinos are still "indios" at heart, and the culture of impunity partly derives from that.

posted by Friar__Tuck on May 9, 2005 at 11:02 PM | link to this | reply

Hello, Friar Tuck
Interesting and very troubling. Why do you think there is this "culture of impunity"? The Phillipines have long been in my prayers and will stay there-have many Fillipino friends. God bless.


posted by AnCatubh on May 9, 2005 at 8:22 PM | link to this | reply

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