Imbak para sa Oktubre, 2009

Drunk with Omar

But helpless pieces in the game He plays
Upon this chequer-board of Nights and Days
He hither and thither moves, and checks … and slays
Then one by one, back in the Closet lays

Surely the Theocratic State of Iran would love the Rubaiyat to just disappear. With verses practically singing praise to atheism what Ayattolah in his right mind wouldn’t put him in jail?

Intriguingly if someone aired it on the air or translated it into Filipino so many televangelists would be too unhappy. Especially this guy:


It's All About Me!!

Pardons to Omar, to simplify his works as mere atheist polemic would be ….. irreverent LOL.


Adam Smith in his seminal work the Wealth of Nations wrote that rarely do businessmen get together for the benefit of consumers. All too often meetings of like minds work to conspire against the customer. Hence, he implored that government must step in order to a) ensure that monopolies be broken and b) destroy oligopolies as well. Smith knew that when individuals dictate the supplies, they can dictate the prices. Like the spice of Arrakis or Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, the control of the only supply controls the Universe, of pricing.


Despite the entry of small-time players into the scene, the truth is oil is still the game of the Big 3. As I recall from my past lessons in economics the difficulty of investing lies in the high capital barrier. Made even higher by bribery and uber-taxes. Notoriously poor to act against the interests of big-time players Congress and the government remain beholden to the might (and cash) of economic fiefdoms. Maintaining the sway of the entrenched capitalists.


Despite the barriers for entry, it is still possible to enter the big times. For instance,we can loosen protectionist barriers easing foreign capital and provide start-up cash. Also we can destroy the obsolete thinking of waiting for the state to provide jobs for every single person.

Protip: Build your own business.


It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white

Like Helots

GARB ayaw CARPer

GARB ayaw CARPer

Beyond protests for and against CARPer or GARB lies a much deeper problem with the Philippine agriculture industry. A kilo of rice retails for 33 pesos at current market prices. Farm gate prices of the same kilo costs at 19 pesos. This is a 58 percent increase from the initial cost of buying from the farmer. Simply put, agriculture is good retail business.

What proves to me as striking though is the inherent stupidity of the system. Farmers, who work like carabaos with their carabaos get a small price for their work. Contrast with the market seller who just sells with minimal effort. One guy works his ass off, invests all the input for fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and seeds while another guy gets most of the income. You just gotta love how capitalism works in this country.

Remnants of Feudalism

At the heart of this (parasitical) relationship is the age-old feudal fief-lord agreements. Landowners still entitle themselves to the fruits of other labors. They still view themselves as rajahs and datus. Inversely, the masa remain peons of their masters. Not surprising though, considering large tracts of the country area still owned by oligarchs in haciendas.

Free market

While landowning barons dominate the local scene, the fact that many farmers own their lands leaves a lot for improvement. Despite the numbers of independent breeders the price of their products hover at half the market prices. Which leads me into thinking, can’t the producers organize to raise their prices? Why can’t the magsasaka undersell the competition by 25 pesos? While it is true that unscrupulous merchants bind into indebted servitude hapless individuals, the truth is many people can still undersell the market


I hereby propose that a system or organization be set up to connect the magsasaka with the buyers. By organizing the peasant masses we can forego the parasitical capitalist connection and go directly to the consumer. Purchasing at a lesser price overall, the consumer themselves will invest in agricultural futures by investing in the inputs required for the initial set-up. The farmers will then raise the crops where they will be given back to the “stock holders”. This way we bypass the loan sharks and release the peasantry from their feudal bondage. Maybe then we wouldn’t have to worry about GARB OR CARPer.