Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Newsletter - Barons ascend when weak Monarchs rule

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My column yesterday argued at its core, a weak presidency cultivated an image of strength enough to sap the vitality of national institutions including parties. Local parties filled the resulting power vacuum changing the political landscape.

King John signing the Magna Carta reluctantly by Michael, Arthur C (d 1945)
King John signing the Magna Carta reluctantly by Michael, Arthur C (d 1945)
This week's The Long View
Barons assembling | Inquirer Opinion
Additional background
When the history of this admin’s written, one will see how its chest-thumping disguised its inability to actually effect political change. Example: like all admins, it postponed barangay polls, but failed its ultimate objective, to appoint barangay OIC’s.
Another element that will prove to have mattered politically was the President’s own limited attention and support to candidates: he only ever truly cared for a few at a time, which ensured they’d be outnumbered in the end.
While in that year I suggested there was also a slower, but inexorable, unraveling of our being a nation with institutions and a people striving for Western-oriented modernity; we were backsliding instead into a premodern state of affairs.
In this column I proposed there were really two visions of political rule competing, the reformist and the business-as-usual, with the administration of today like that of 2001-2010, facing political and financial disaster if it should lose power.
Ambiguously Democratic: Parties, Coalitions, and Candidates in the 2022 Philippine Elections | Heinrich Böll Foundation | Southeast Asia Regional Office
Decoding Duterte Ratings - Dr Steven Rood
Decoding Duterte Ratings - Dr Steven Rood
The end of social mobility revisited
My latest podcast: In 2009 I first put forward a theory I’ve explored since: the implications of the rise of a “new” middle class and the inability of our political system to reform itself suggested a Marcos restoration wasn’t possible but rather probable. The two columns are Permanently poor and The end of social mobility, both from February, 2009.
Manolo Quezon is #TheExplainer Podcast: Episode 17 The end of social mobility
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Manuel L. Quezon III
Manuel L. Quezon III @mlq3

I'm a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer; an Editor at large at Spot.ph; I write on history, politics and culture; and I write speeches and have worked in political communications; and I used to broadcast (which is where The Explainer comes from); I also set up and maintain the Philippine Diary Project; this is a newsletter to keep readers abreast of what I've written, am writing, and think about what's going on as well as a way to expand topics and conversations on all sorts of issues. Ideally, this will come thrice weekly:
1. Every Monday: Electoral-Merry-Go Round, on the Road to the 2022 Presidential Elections
2. Every Wednesday or Thurday: My column, "The Long View" along with additional material/thoughts on the topic.
3. Passion Project Weekends: reviews and recommendations books, movies, and other things; updates on The Philippine Diary Project and other things I find interesting. If my podcast comes out, this is when I'd promote it.

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