The Apex of Power

I assume that most of us have read through [ in whole or in part ] the major treatises on power, the most basic being Niccolo Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” to Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Bataille, Lacan, Foucault, Derrida all the way to the most recent works by O’Brien, et. al..

Given the nature and the requirements of political power, we need not wonder why our leaders act the way they do.  It’s all a natural, logical progression of political survival.

What are your musings???


  1. Nona Pimentel said,

    February 23, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Toto: re Political Jaywalker,
    I could sense frustrations a-boiling and permeating even to the last cell in your body…Understandable…I must say but that would be tasking one’s self too much. A very tall and tedious task if one kills everyone. Why not gather as many ‘contributors or donors’ to a scientific endeavor and once you have the desired dollars (U.S. or Euros or Pounds etc., ) then get the best genetic scientists the world can produce and re-engineer and/or re-structure the genetic make-up of humans…’sans’ violence, greed, hate, envy, sloth, pride etc…..then probably we shall be enjoying or at least the next generation will see a much better and almost perfect breed of humans….huh? ha,ha…whimsical…..

  2. layna said,

    July 23, 2009 at 3:04 am

    to toronto gal:

    It seems FG is unstoppable. Maybe because of his behemoth appearance? Come to think of it, FG is the embodiment of two of the cardinal sins: greed and sloth?

  3. abc said,

    July 20, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Hello Toto,

    Could you please write what you write best…? I’m sure your readers want to know about the Pardo de Tavera, Ilusoryo and please write something about the Reyes of Tamarind rd in forbes south. Nakapunta ako ng tamarind road dati at sa kung anu ano pang mga kalye-kahoy



  4. tibo said,

    July 19, 2009 at 10:29 am

    that idea intrigued me before Toto, but my variation was only those above 10 years old were to be executed. On a serious note, there are just too many variables to take into account when governing. One can opt to use a strong iron hand that lessens them to a point where its political will prevails. But the dilemma remains as to who will police this iron hand.

  5. larry leviste said,

    July 19, 2009 at 12:35 am

    MAYHAPS some merriment, a cease fire, a divertissment.

    TODAY on Sunday I wrote another FRONT PAGE story for the Inquirer BUT it was about true love among OUR senior citizens.

    SEE for yourselves.

    And pray for likewise LOVE to perchance, make us drool with envy.

    Oh Lover, tis high time WE meet. At long last, LUST.

    Oh behave.

  6. July 18, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Wow Toto, I can see where you are coming from and I don’t blame you. Who would not be exasperated at the muck that our trapos has led this nation astray all to perpetuate themselves in power surpassing Machiavellian dictum as Irames pointed out.

    History has always been bathed in blood and come to think of it we have never had a victorious revolution that we can truly say was decidedly finished by our own people.

  7. Garganta Inflamada said,

    July 18, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Re Toto’s Total Solution…who will bury or burn the last Filipino left standing?

    Or would that unenviable job be ‘in-sourced’? 😉

  8. Rafhorm said,

    July 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Saloth Sar did as you bid, Toto. Didn’t work.

    It’s not a matter of eliminating people. Just those that ought to be eliminated.

    Ho Chi Minh was not in that league of nutters (Mao, Stalin, Hitler) or the magnificently ridiculous (Mussolini), so Vietnam deserves to be excluded from the list.

  9. Toronto Gal said,

    July 18, 2009 at 3:03 am

    I had been following the senate probes on bribery where FG, allegedly, was very much involved, and reading and hearing these just made and still does make my blood boil, but I wonder why the senate can’t pin him.

    Last night at a gathering, a participant in a trade mission to Phil. that we organized two years ago mentioned about his frustration at not being able to push through with his planned multi-million investments there as they were scuttled by FG’s greedy demands for outrageous multi-million peso commission he dubs SOP. Can someone stop this greedy man, please?

  10. Irames said,

    July 17, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    Bravo! A tour-de-force unleashing of emotions. “Only then will The Filipino learn” and possibly only then can the nation earn a clean slate to start fresh. How else? (asked knowing there simply is no answer).

  11. July 17, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Political Jaywalker:

    This stream of “political” blog posts was unleashed by the undue public attention caused by Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos’ 80th Birthday Bash. In the longer term, Filipinos are inevitably on “political mode” as the 2010 Presidential Election nears.

    “Signs of frustrations”? More like EXASPERATION. Let me ponder…

    The only way to get the Philippines “off the ground” is to impose a “Reign of Terror” just like what they had in Revolutionary France in the late 1700s. Indict Everybody on the slightest suspicion immediately. Execute Everybody on the slightest charge immediately. Make weekly Sunday morning executions [ better if daily ] using the ghastliest methods — guillotine, racking, live dismemberment and disembowelment, live feeding to Great White sharks, barracudas, piranhas, etc. — at the Luneta the favorite public entertainment. Execute the whole ghastly lot: government officials, generals, “rent-seekers,” industrialists, entrepreneurs, tax evaders, murderers, terrorists, kidnapers, religious fundamentalists, religious leaders, philosophers, professors, political pundits, activists, artists, writers, actors, singers, sex offenders, thieves, mendicants, socialites, philanderers, mistresses, prostitutes, procurers, lazy and unproductive people, etc., etc., etc.. In short, EVERYBODY. Also kill their families. Then execute the Audience as well. Execute The Rich for being rich, The Middle Class for being middle-class, and The Poor for being poor. Execute the Spanish mestizo industrialists, the Chinese taipans, the Filipino businessmen, et. al.. Ditto their families. Execute American and European expatriates. Destroy and burn the factories and offices of multinational corporations. Execute the average Juan de la Cruz for being average. Execute the Poor for being dirty and smelly. Execute the Squatters. Execute even the Innocent, specially Children. Kill All The Religious: priests, nuns, monks, shamans, priestesses, the lot. Ban Religion: make any religious practice punishable by immediate execution. Ban Burial: leave human remains to be eaten by the vultures and rodents. Execute hundreds, thousands, millions, and so on. Execute 99,999,990 Filipinos. Deliberately decimate the Filipino population. Clean this godforsaken country out.

    I doubt if Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Mao Tse-Tung were as innovative, as entertaining, and efficient as this…

    Only then will The Filipino learn, I assure you.

    Of course, it works. Just look at where the economies of Germany, Russia, Italy, China, and even Vietnam are now. As Deng Xiaoping declared: “To be Rich is to be Glorious.”

    Am I joking? Perhaps. Just remember that every joke is half-meant.


  12. Irames said,

    July 16, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    All the calls in the other thread by Larry et al for a violent and fatal end to our present female head of state reminds me of a zealous John Ponet who’s pen dripped with blood in A Short Treatise On Political Power (1556), directing the reader to assassinate Mary 1 of England as it would be a virtuous act against a tyrant. It appeared that the Divinity that supposedly anoints royalty disapproved of such a vehement suggestion that Ponte died the same year that his book was published.

    So be careful what you wish for, people 😉

  13. Irames said,

    July 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    ***Ohhhh boy, this brings me back to my student days when I had to cram for an exam***

    Well, from what I can remember of what Niccolo Machiavelli prescribed to the New Prince or a new ruler, it was to define “Morality” as in the criteria for acceptable cruel action and that it must be decisive: swift, effective, and short-lived. And that the action should give good results even coming from evil actions. Hence, the word “machiavellian”.

    In this aspect, among the Philippine despots, Marcos went beyond Machiavelli’s call for brevity when he directed the tragic quelling of those opposing his 20-year rule ( 3,257 extrajudicial killings, tortured 35,000, jailed 70,000 and 737 people disappeared according to PDI).

    Anyway, brute force coupled with patronage and clientelism can only go so far and creates unstoppable cycles of violence in the society it is enforced. And in an atmosphere of repression and opportunism, the price to be paid and often by the common person is cruelly high.This is what happened and is happening to a country brutalized to the ground like the Philippines.

  14. July 16, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    Looks like you are starting to get political…… signs of frustrations perhaps?

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