PH economist Winnie Monsod on Congress: sustaining corruption and “feudalistic economy”

Philippines’ broadcaster and economist, Winnie Monsod said last Monday that the elite composition of the Congress was sustaining the evil that is corruption and “feudalistic economy” in the Philippines. She even drew some wisdom from “The Lucifer Effect” by psychologist Philip Zimbardo.

The economics professor was talking to an audience of college students at the Silliman University, Dumaguete city, sponsored by the Philippine Daily Inquirer Conversations Media forum. Her topic was about “Heroes” and how they to transform “banality of evil” to “banality of heroism” as Filipino citizens.

Growing but Slow Economy

Monsod, said that the Philippine economy is one of the slowest growing economies in the world. She cited figures from the government and said the Philippine per capita was on ten percent of the income in US year 1960. Worse, it was at mere 7 percent in 2009.

She compared the country’s economic growth with Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand from years 1960 to 2009.

Road to heroism

According to Monsod, ordinary people can be heroes by taking the following steps and invert evil:

— Teach children to disobey unjust authority.

— Reward good moral behavior.

— Promote critical thinking that challenges false ideologies and bad means to good ends.

— Encourage human diversity.

— Disallow stereotypical dehumanization of others.

(source: Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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