Author Archives: Jefferson Lyndon D. Ragragio

1 month ago

Imagining the city

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Imagining the city

The city has a place in our political imagination. We associate it with progress, wealth, civility and modernity. The imagination is so strong that it drives everyone to move from one place to another until the city is reached. The city to some extent has become the imagined community, the imagined place of utopian dream.

4 months ago

16, 17, and counting

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16, 17, and counting

Kristel Tejada was forced to file a leave of absence from the University of the Philippines in Manila after she failed to pay tuition on time. Out of despair, she committed suicide on March 15, 2013. She was 16.

4 months ago

Illegal

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Illegal

The concept of “the legal” has become paradoxical in itself. It serves as a license of the state to declare whether something deserves acceptance, dispute or some kind of authoritative might. In instances when something “already legal” contravenes the new will of the powers that be, the state is quick in rallying its force just to abolish what it sees as a stumbling block to its mission of preserving its doctrinal power. The state, then, has a double-edged power in this sense. It has the overarching might to decide what is legal, and the power to destroy what it considers a threat to its survival by proclaiming such as illegal.

5 months ago

Fetishized conscience

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Fetishized conscience

The resurrection of these elites – the likes of Marcos and Arroyo – to national political power does not signal any cleansing of conscience from the past. There will never be a repentance that could once and for all purge the history of plunder, corruption and impunity that they themselves nurtured because the very political system that installed them to power remains the system that they now capitalize on.

6 months ago

Fake news and beyond

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Fake news and beyond

Fake news suppresses the right of the public to critical pieces of information. But it is not the end disease. It is yet another symptom of a failed democratic experiment in the era of online media.

10 months ago

Viral and apolitical

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Viral and apolitical

Once we are trapped within the frames of this fantasy, the only way to go about it is to either amuse ourselves upon the command of Western capitalism or become critical readers of media texts who can put forth a position that not all popular are relevant, and, not all relevant are known and popular.

1 year ago

Losing sense of history

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Losing sense of history

We have a thriving history of collective struggle fueled by mass-based organizations and the broad marginalized masses. If we take a moment to reflect on this struggle, historical accounts will prove that we as a nation are capable of reshaping our political and cultural state by means of mobilizations and resistance.