Saturday, May 1, 2010

Fourteen Reflections

(Premise: It's been damn long since I have written down something. I do probably have to rethink and reformulate a few of my thought processes [and my lifestyle in general] to finally start writing that first 2 chapters of a thesis I was thinking. Here were a few things I learned after mulling over the past 4 weeks of working outside the academic setting.)

1: Yes, I can live without the internet. For a day. You should try it too.
2: Karma down? Fuck it. Mobilizations down? Fuck me. Public participation should be the end-product of our private processes. Our motto should be LET US BE SEEN.
3: There's a lot of room for fixing public transportation sectors, and the first step is discouraging private transportation.
4: The obsession to work in solely non-partisan action is highly detrimental to more healthy politicization. Nonetheless, the watchman mentality, vigilance, should remain for accountability to be set. The term "watchdog" reeks of disciplinary non-thinking.
5: Citizens should not solely look at processes but in issues and ideas, and must mold civil societies into making them so.
6: The presumption of the law that everyone is innocent until proven guilty is prone to maintaining a liberal setting that permits injustices to normalize. Sovereign power and confrontations should be restored. Justice delayed is justice denied.
7: Growing trends within civil society institutions that acknowledge their ultimate incapacity to effect change outside public institutions should be sustained.
8: The claim that politics is dirty should not be abhorred but is actually the intrinsic nature of interest consolidation. Mudslinging, however, is not, and mudslingers should be eliminated.
9: The use of progress and efficiency in political campaigns and rhetoric is anti-political: that is the province of bureaucratic processes. The fetish for modernization has screwed developing countries: it should be abandoned.
10: Bureaucracies are concerned with national housekeeping. Bureaucracies are for fast and efficiencies that are not open to argumentation. Our elective offices are designed to make these offices accountable to public interest.
11: Political maturity is about troubleshooting and thinking coupled with tempered guts. Therefore, BUREAUCRATIC ACUMEN ≠ POLITICAL MATURITY. To use bureuacratic acumen, track records and past merits as your criteria for electing a political office is stupid, anti-political, and anti-democratic (ERGO, SHUT UP, "COMPETENT CAMPS" and "THINKING CAMPS." Your elitist bearings are stinking.)
12: A healthy practice of politics does not concern itself with personalities, but persons. Not parties of convenience, but communes of ideologies and communities. Authoritarianism and totalitarianism should not be welcome if democracy is to be maintained. Ergo, what we should have is a STRONG LEGISLATURE. Any campaigns with NO STRONG LEGISLATIVE AGENDA, THEREFORE, SHOULD BE REJECTED.
13: Marxism is still the more exciting perspective, hands down. But a healthy dose of postmodernism is never bad.
14: If only education is not bound by bureaucratic requirements and thinking not a monopoly of leaders, perhaps our societies would be thinking better and more loving of their freedom to be willing to be bound by it.

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