Rappler's latest stories on authoritarianism
Perhaps we need to realize that we are no longer in the realm of politics as usual and take seriously the task of forging an effective mass political movement to head off the Final Solution
The newly launched book 'To Be in History: Dark Days of Authoritarianism' aims to remind Filipinos about the struggle for freedom during the Marcos regime
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'Democracies are struggling in the digital age, while China is exporting its model of censorship and surveillance to control information both inside and outside its borders,' says Freedom House
Will Brazil's clone of the Philippines' Duterte come to power?
The extremist movements in Asia, while benefiting the elites, enjoy the support of the middle classes
Surveys conducted from 2002 to 2014 show some Filipinos agree with scrapping elections in favor of a strong leader and letting the military take over government
Rodrigo Duterte's presidency gets a score of 5 out of 10 for his 'increasingly authoritarian' ways
If we think the ultimate danger is native, Marcos-style authoritarianism, we really have not been looking. What we stand to lose this time is not just our freedom, but our sovereignty, our identity, our very soul as a nation
A lot of Duterte’s market interventions so far seem to stem not from a well-informed or genuine desire to correct so-called 'market failures,' but from an urge to brandish the awesome powers of the state whichever way possible
Silence is the desire of a dictatorial state that pretends to be democratic. It hides behind the tyranny of opinion, the popularity of a charismatic figure, and the spirit of unyielding legalism.
Is the president any of the three?
'By centralizing power in the hands of a few, RevGov directly undermines democratic institutions and the economy. Indeed our very own experience of years of authoritarian rule during Martial Law compels us to reject any moves to establish a RevGov,' Ateneo President Fr Jett Villarin says.
Ideology is a system of political and economic thought that chooses a particular character in a particular environment in whom to incubate, and conviction is well-informed steadfastness. Simpleminded, impulsive, and stubborn, Rodrigo Duterte is just all wrong for both.
The rising trend of hybrid regimes in Southeast Asia is tagged as a major challenge to democracy today
Our babyboomer mayor president may think he is living in the 1970s but things have changed a lot since then
President Duterte is not my Tatay Digong He does not command my obedience nor adulation It is the nation and not one person that commands me
Perhaps it’s best to remember EDSA 1 not as one great wholesale victory for democracy but rather as a testament to the fragile nature of democracy
The failure to deliver on the promises of the People Power Revolution made the rise of Duterte politically possible
The November 25 and 30 mass actions have confirmed two things: first the existence of a critical mass of warm bodies to comprise the pro democracy movement; and second the emergence of young people or millennials as a new force to reckon with
The seeming lack of commitment of the State to play by the rules and the absence of oversight functions to temper these transgressions resurrect the dormant fear of many Filipinos of the horrors of an authoritarian regime
This realignment of political forces would likely define the course of political developments in the coming months as the perceived autocratic forces pursue an authoritarian agenda
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That day was said to be the beginning of one of the darkest eras in Philippine history
Amid a fierce debate in academic circles an upcoming book argues that social media and new technology made a key difference in the Arab Spring