THAT’s been one of my favorite aphorisms, attributed to the renowned British economist Lord Maynard Keynes. The full quote with its sarcastic rhetorical question: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”
It is my usual reply to stuck-in-the-past former comrades who question why I’m so much against the Communist Party (I was a ranking cadre in the 1970s), or to Yellows who question why I have now eschewed their simplistic good-vs-evil narrative of the Marcos era.
When the facts change, you have to change your mind. Insanity is essentially when your mind is no longer connected with reality.
I was reminded of that saying after reading an article posted in a New York-based digital news site by one Bianca Isabelle Franco titled “Don’t blame Filipinos for increasingly powerful Duterte, blame their political system.”
The editor’s note describes Franco as a “research associate” at the Development Studies program of the Ateneo de Manila University. That already should be a signal that she’s likely one of that typical would-be academic millennial with the Green Group—the mixture of oligarchic Yellow and Jesuitical Ateneo Blue—which for some reason seems to be outliving the politically devastated Yellow Cult core. (more…)