On work within and mass movements

BLOODRUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO “Working within the system” has been considered as the way forward to deepen democracy and participation in countries that were colonized by world powers such as Europe and North America, and its subsequent transition to “civilian democracy” after the brutal years of dictatorships (for example Chile’s Pinochet, the PH’s Ferdinand Marcos).…

#SaveMaryJane

BLOOD RUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO Darren Veloso, Mary Jane’s younger child, would spontaneously be asked by his Lolo Cesar to deliver a statement in a press conference organized by Migrante on April 7. He would fall into silence. And just when everybody’s thinking that he did not have anything to say, he breaks into a…

The neoliberal bane and the 3Ps (Peace talks, People’s pope, People’s war)

BLOOD RUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO The liberal tide that once set apart emergent capitalism from feudalism’s obsolescence is now a plague that threatens all living systems. Neoliberalism aims to prolong capitalism’s lease on lives and labor by converting what the latter identifies as last frontiers into its own likeness. And it does this through the…

ALBA’s Alternative

By SARAH RAYMUNDO BLOOD RUSH There are many ways that opinion-writers, soothsayers, and gatekeepers of lifestyle might assess the year 2014. By way of a year ender, this writer tackles ALBA vis a vis US-dominated global politics. More than two weeks ago, she learned about what ALBA means for peoples who are part of it.…

Towards a Sociology of KM*

BLOODRUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO It was 1964. The roots and consequences of the Cold War that began in the 50s were spiralling out of control. Meanwhile in the Philippines, the Anti-Subversion Law that was crafted in 1957 to fight the ideology of Marxism and the Communist movement became an object of dissent for freedom loving…

Lady Justice, speak : On Jennifer Laude and US imperialism

BLOODRUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO Our struggle for independence and sovereignty negates sectarianism in the embrace of all the oppressed and exploited. But reformers from Akbayan— a political bloc that prides itself for changing the system form within by forging an alliance with President Noynoy Aquino in the pursuit of a monolithic national agenda— like former…

Vivos Voco*: Necropolitics and Liberalism’s Rhetoric of Redemption

BLOOD RUSH By SARAH RAYMUNDO Bulatlat.com Where autocrats rule, they call on the living. How do contemporary forms of subjugation operate? For over two decades, the (Focauldian) critique of biopolitics has gained currency in explaining modern forms of subjugation. Biopolitics involves the control of an entire population through subjection of bodies under disciplinary apparatuses in…