Saturday, July 23, 2011

I hypothetically ate Combat Rations Yesterday

I took a short nap yesterday and had this really vivid dream that I got a chance to eat some US combat rations aka MREs.

Computer Extracted Image from my Dream

It's a shame that I don't friends who have access to black markets where these MREs are available for purchase. I'd really love to try them out in real life. It's a good thing though that I have some buddies over at Massive Dynamic and was able to pull some strings and have them extract some images from my dream.

Computer Generated Images based on my descriptions about what's inside the MREs

I remember writing about Conflict Kitchen, a restaurant that offers different cuisines from countries that the US is in conflict with. Well, I guess this dream is more of on the other side. It's from the side of those who go to war and offer their lives with the intention of making their loved ones and countrymen safer but most times only get to serve the special interests of the State and its cronies. Eating the food included in the MREs (in my dream) made me feel like I had a glimpse at the lives of soldiers who go to war.

It also made me reflect about the militaries of not as developed countries like ours where taxpayer's money is used to buy generals and other higher-ups new houses and cars while those in the frontline get substandard helmets and get shot with our own government's bullets.

It also made me reflect about countries like North Korea or Cuba where food is rationed and bureaucrats have the totalitarian control of its production, purchase, and distribution. Doesn't seem like much of a utopia to me. In fact, Marx's communism created more oppression, poverty, suffering, and death, than any other political ideology (see also Mao Zedong is only a Man).

The US also decided to impose an embargo on these countries, I guess to show that they do not condole or tolerate such oppression? But then restricting trade is not the solution, in fact free trade might just be the solution in introducing these countries to more liberalized markets. I always remember my post about Paul Romer's Charter Cities and how he explained that Hong Kong was the greatest influence and inspiration in liberalizing the markets of China and alleviated more poverty than any other kind of charity work we've tried.

In 17 years, our country will have change we can believe in. There is hope:

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

US Politics Fandom—a Hillary/RonPaul Ship

Adrienne Nicole Bernal has been introducing me to a lot of fanfiction concepts and slang. From what I understand, when you say that you are "shipping" someone, that means that you are making two characters a fictional couple. In this video, I find that Ron Paul and Hillary gets a "ship" moment in the last part.

Hillary gives Ron Paul a really cheeky grin when she praises him and his campaign for liberty. It's even funnier that a guy at the last part comments you're gonna encourage him. It's funny but also very true. There was a time when he was very marginalized and some even considered him a lunatic and they didn't want the concepts Ron Paul was introducing to many people all over the world to be encouraged.

It's impressive how well-versed Hillary Clinton is on rhetoric and public discussion. She makes it seem as if she was on Ron Paul's side, uses a lot of compliments, even when inherently she is against almost everything that Ron Paul stands for. That's what you call effective persuasion. Many politicians are thriving for having such a skill.

Speaking of Hillary, and since I am "running for President on 2028", I am reminded of how a friend warned me that up to today she is criticized for a thesis she did during college about Saul Alinsky. I don't even remember most of the school papers I wrote and at the time I was still drunk on the indoctrinations of statism. Plus, I have this old blog full of premature ideas and misguided advocacies. It doesn't matter, I guess. Political philosophies or platforms don't have merit on our elections anyway. I just need to get started on my acting career or maybe try to be really really good in boxing.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I am Running for President of the Philippines in 2028

If Joseph Estrada can become president of the Philippines then surely I'm eligible as well. This is why I am now officially announcing that I am running for presidency on 2028. To quote from the constitution, any person who wants to run must be:
"a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least forty years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election."
harry santos president of the philippines 2028

I'll be forty by 2028 so that's actually perfect. I am not really doing this to win or actually run, obviously. I just want to be able to share to the world the different requirements, processes, and red tapes that a Filipino has to go through if he/she wants to be the president, most especially those who don't have the resources and political machinery. So I'll really apply and write about the application experience here. I can even get some of my aspiring filmmaker buddies to make a documentary about it or something.

And unlike many of those who will actually be able to run, I will have a real platform based on classical liberal ideas. I'll probably be the first ever fiscal conservative and minarchist to run for public office here in the Philippines. The plan is to be able to inject these kinds of ideologies into the mainstream. By that time, I'm sure social media has evolved exponentially and it will be much easier to spread this sort of mock-run that I will do.

I am Harry Santos and I approve of this message.

if you liked this post then you might also like:
1. The Philosophy of Liberty
2. How I became a Libertarian
3. The Singapore Argument

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Gurgaon City, India—growth and progress when there is absence of government

The fastest developing city in India came about not because of government meddling or planning but through private initiatives. All basic amenities or infrastructure are provided by the private sector. A decade ago, this place didn't even exist. And now it has proven to become the best example to be followed by other communities in India and the world.

It is now home to many multinational companies and brands, creating a big boost for job opportunities and at the same time taking care of their "brain drain" issue. They say that more skilled people are now coming back to India to work in Gurgaon.

Professionals who migrate are not traitors. They are merely looking for better opportunities for themselves and for their loved ones. If anything, it is the government who's the traitor: for restricting markets and opportunities here in our own country with red tapes, regulations, and taxation—something Gurgaon has proven to be unnecessary. In fact, it was the absence of govenrment that made the exponential growth of Gurgaon possible.

gurgaon city
The Gurgaon City Skyline (source:

In the New York Times article about it, they interview this guy who said that Gurgaon has become the "pacemaker" for other cities in India, a role model of sorts. And this reminds me of my post about Paul Romer's Charter Cities idea. As I have said there, the benefits of the free market will be so attractive that it will inevitably spread itself. This is exactly how Hong Kong influenced China into having a more liberalized market economy, something that he says alleviated more poverty than any other thing we've tried in the longest time.

The more governments constrict out markets the less prosperous we become. In many sectors, if they could just step back and allow more competiton and invite more investors, prices will go down, services will be better, there will be more job opportunities, and our economy will surely grow much faster than the promises and estimates of economic planners.

In my post about Singapore, I mentioned that we have thousands of islands that could possibly be just as prosperous as Hong Kong, Singapore, and now Gurgaon. But to achieve that, freer markets and less government is what we need.