I love Philosophy. And today I’m treading in dangerous waters because I’m mixing philosophy with politics.
Epistemic responsibility is the responsibility we have regarding our beliefs, according to Crash Course 1It’s the shortest and simplest description I could find.. It requires us to have proofs for our beliefs, thus avoiding believing something blindly. And I think it’s very handy in having political views.
Whenever my friends and I get into a (local) political debate, usually after many drinks, I would often find myself against them. Most of them like our current president, while some are apathetic. Firstly, I don’t think we should be apathetic about politics because it affects us whether we like it or not.
Personally, I don’t like our current president because he prefers to wage a war against drugs, thus killing his own people, rather than to focus on more important matters such as education. If you actually want to know more about why I don’t like him, click here.
My friends like him because they believe that “crime is/has lessened when there are less drug addicts around” and so they support his war on drugs. The problem is, they are supporting this absurd claim without any evidence.
People (cops and vigilantes alike) have killed for the sake of this war on drugs. And even if you haven’t killed anyone but you believe that absurd claim, you have already done wrong, according to W.K. Clifford, that dapper mathematician and philosopher on my post thumbnail. Why? Read below:
So, why do people still blindly follow politicians even if there are solid arguments against them? Here’s an excellent quote from the New York Times’ opinion article, I Loved My Grandmother But She Was A Nazi.
My grandmother heard what she wanted from a leader who promised simple answers to complicated questions. She chose not to hear and see the monstrous sum those answers added up to. And she lived the rest of her life with the knowledge of her indefensible complicity.
Politicians say what we want to hear in order to be elected. Whether you believe in epistemic responsibility or not, it is your responsibility to be vigilant as to who you elect in office because it will affect you and your loved ones. The ones who voted for our current president also suffer from this war on drugs and they now regret voting for him.
Do you exercise your epistemic responsibility?
P.S. Check out Crash Course, they’ve got interesting topics that you can learn for free in under 10 minutes. Plus, John and Hank Green host some of the subjects! 2I’m not sponsored, I swear. I just love them!
Why I don’t like the President
I listed the reasons why I don’t like my country’s current president so you guys know I don’t blindly hate him lol. I never liked Duterte. In fact, I don’t like politicians who are part of a political dynasty 3To my Filipino readers, I don’t like the Aquinos either so rest easy.. But here’s an itemized list of grievances, as Alexander Hamilton would say. Read at your own pleasure. I’ve included links to back up my claims.
- He waged a war on drugs that has killed 6,000+ Filipinos 4It was 7,000+ last I heard on the TV., most of them poor and not bosses of drug cartels. Cops and vigilantes alike are killing innocent people in the name of that war.
- He doesn’t take full responsibility of his people. A kidnap-slay of a Korean businessman by Filipino policemen temporarily put a stop on the war on drugs. The police chief only made them do push-ups and shipped them off to fight on the front lines instead of making them face justice.
- He doesn’t take criticism well. He called an ex-Colombian president an idiot for saying that he is repeating his mistakes for taking on the war on drugs because it cannot be won by killing.
- He doesn’t speak like a diplomat, which is probably why the masses voted him into power but it doesn’t sound good to hear a president cursing anyone, especially prominent international figures like the Pope and former US Pres. Obama among others.
- He has flip-flopped on his stances on protecting the country’s territory against China and same-sex marriage.
- He let a dictator be buried in the Heroes’ Cemetery.
- He introduced the son of aforementioned dictator as the next VP if he wins his electoral protest against his current VP.
- He literally divided the Filipinos on a national holiday that celebrates independence from said dictator.
- His Press Secretary is likened to Kellyanne Conway because of his alternative facts.
- His Justice Secretary had the gall to ask his supporters who to arrest next after a prominent critic of his got arrested.
- His Solicitor General wants to free the woman who headed one of the most infamous government scams in PH history.
- He hit on his VP, admitting he ogles her knees during cabinet meetings, which is probably why he was portrayed as a guy making an advance towards Madame Secretary in the US TV show.
I know a fair amount of my readers here are Filipinos and I’m not here to preach. If you do like him, kindly tell me why, I would like to know your side.
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|1.||⇡||It’s the shortest and simplest description I could find.|
|2.||⇡||I’m not sponsored, I swear. I just love them!|
|3.||⇡||To my Filipino readers, I don’t like the Aquinos either so rest easy.|
|4.||⇡||It was 7,000+ last I heard on the TV.|
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