‘Dolomite populism’

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 11/17/2020

Among nations long accustomed to misgovernance, where political cynicism is a treasured pastime, former leaders are often remembered for their brazen mishaps and tragic failings. This is especially true in a country like the Philippines, where nostalgia…

Biden: 5 ways to beat populism

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 11/10/2020

Populists are powerful precisely because, in the words of novelist Hugo von Hofmannsthal, “politics is magic, he who can summon the forces from the deep, him will they follow.” Make no mistake: Populism is here to stay,…

Vietnam and the Philippines: A study in contrasts

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 10/27/2020

All nations tend to mythologize their success and, accordingly, mystify their failures. Over the long run, what’s important above all is how each nation learns from its mistakes, recovers from failures through grit and innovation, and confidently…

US vs China: The real Cold War

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 08/04/2020

  Defining world order as the set of commonly accepted rules that govern inter-state relations, Henry Kissinger warned of systematic crisis when there is “either a re-definition of legitimacy or a significant shift in the balance of…

PH: World-class citizens, ‘pasaway’ leaders

Richard Heydarian - @inquirerdotnet 07/21/2020

  Every nation struggles to reconcile its loftiest aspirations with its darkest realities. But in a world of great contradictions, the Philippines likely stands as its ultimate and most tragic expression. Our country is blessed with one…

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