Erwin F. Rafael
The Promise of an Anarchist Sociological Imagination
You see, I’ve set my stuff always against various forms of liberalism because those are dominant. But it could just as well — in fact easier for me — be set against Marxism. What these jokers — all of them — don’t realize is that way down deep and systematically, I’m a goddamned anarchist.
— C. Wright Mills (2000:217–218)
Apr 21, 2020 Read the whole text... 37 pp.
Lords and Kings
Humans have not progressed as much as they believe since the feudal ages. Even today, we worship Lords and Kings as if they were god. The titles may have changed – we call them CEOs and Presidents and Ministers now – but their offices and functions are pretty much the same. And therefore, the injustices and inequalities, the oppressions and cruelties perpetrated, are pretty much the same. Humans believe they have the right to rule over us, simply because they said so.
Apr 5, 2020 Read the whole text... 3 pp.
Against a Quarantine with Martial Law Characteristics
In March 2020, the people of the archipelago known as the Philippines were alarmed at the rate of local transmission of the disease known as COVID-19. On March 12, police and military forces were mobilized to enforce a community quarantine for the whole of Metro Manila scheduled to start on the midnight of March 15. This quarantine was later generalized for the whole island of Luzon, a population of some 53 million souls. That the mobilization of the state’s apparatus of violence was more noticeable than the mobilization of medical and social resources is telling of the administration’s priorities.
Apr 2, 2020 Read the whole text... 13 pp.
An Anarchist and Filipino Diaspora Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic
It has been 2–3 months since the COVID-19 virus had spread across the world infecting hundreds of thousands and killing tens of thousands, leading the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare it a pandemic. Within that span of time, places of work and schools here and abroad have shut down, effectively leaving people at risk of losing their jobs and becoming evicted from their homes.
Mar 30, 2020 Read the whole text... 5 pp.
Towards an Anarchism in the Philippine Archipelago
There is a necessity for a liberatory politics in the Archipelago known as the Philippines and as anarchists we think Anarchism has the framework to fill this need. The dominant forms of politics we have now are insufficient for developing a liberatory politics in the archipelago. This liberatory politics becomes a necessity because politics in the Philippines is currently an alienating affair—a politics done to people rather than people doing politics. We are also dominated by domineering structures and institutions like the market, capitalism, and the state. Against these we forward the liberatory politics of anarchism for a world beyond domination.
Mar 30, 2020 Read the whole text... 38 pp.
Kontra Corona, Kontra Pulitika [tl]
Tiyak na nabago ang buhay mo sa pagdating ng virus. Bumuti o lalong naging masama ang lagay mo? KUNG SUMAMA ANG BUHAY MO, isa ka sa napakaraming mahihirap na dumaranas ngayon ng stress dulot ng pagkabahala sa impeksyon ng virus. Napa-praning dahil baka walang kainin ang pamilya at hindi makakilos upang makamit ang pangangailangan sa inyong bahay.
Mar 30, 2020 Read the whole text... 4 pp.
quarantine reflections [en]
“This is not martial law. Our enemy is the virus.”
— some poor politician in Malacañang (living a simple life & shops at Jaeger-LeCoult )
Mar 29, 2020 Read the whole text... 4 pp.
Una, nang lumala ang krisis, walang mass testing. Hindi raw kaya ng gobyerno. Hindi nila tuloy nalaman kung gaano kalala ang sitwasyon. Naubusan ng mga equipment ang mga ospital, kaya ang mga health worker na nag-aalaga, nagkasakit at pinauwi. Kada araw, nadadagdagan ang mga nagkakasakit, nauubusan na sila ng espasyo para sa bagong pasyente. Habang may mga politiko na kahit retirado na agad pinagpa-test, may mga namamatay nang hindi nalalaman kung COVID nga ang ikinamatay. Kapag may umaalma, may nagreklamo, pinaparatangan at inaaresto agad bilang terorista.
Mar 29, 2020 Read the whole text... 3 pp.
Sa Pag-Usab Sa Tanang Butang
Usa ka Anarkistang Pagsangpit [ceb]
Kung naa kay mabag-o nga bisan unsang butang, unsa ang imong gusto ma-usab? Mobakasyon ba ka sa tibuok nimong kinabuhi? Mahimong ang fossil fuel makapaundang sa pag bag-o sa klima (climate change)? Nga ang mga bangko ug mga politico aduna’y panglantaw nga ethical? Kung hunahunaon, ang tinuod, gapadayonon lang ang mga karaang pamaagi unya gadahum ug laing resulta.
Mar 21, 2020 Read the whole text... 29 pp.
Repormer at Pulitiko
Mar 17, 2020 Read the whole text... 18 pp.