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Nonoy OplasDiscusses why more personal and parental responsibility, more competition, less politics, less taxes and less coercion will bring more peace and prosperity in society.

Coal Consumption and GDP Expansion – Is there a Correlation?

  • Friday, 29 August 2014 05:29

Energy is development. The more energy and electricity that an economy can provide for its citizens and private enterprises at low price and stable supply, the bigger is the growth and development potential of the economy.

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Government Expansion and Presidential-Parliamentary Forms

  • Friday, 01 August 2014 00:00

Last Monday, before President Aquino delivered his State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2014, I noted that facebook was peppered with so many anti-government, anti-PNoy posts and complaints. Was it good? Maybe yes, maybe no. But one thing is sure: Government is force and coercion.

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Jobless growth and voluntary unemployment

  • Friday, 20 June 2014 00:00

The term "jobless growth" is wrong. Growth means more or additional output from (a) more workers and entrepreneurs employed, or (b) the same number of workers and entrepreneurs producing more from the same input (ie, higher productivity).

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Energy use and development

  • Friday, 07 March 2014 02:18

Energy is development. It is not possible to develop economically and socially if a country or economy has little electricity and hence, energy prices are high and there is frequent brown out.

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Plane Delays and NAIA

  • Tuesday, 04 February 2014 03:08

Another shameful episode at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport…. our plane was supposed to touch down at 1155AM but we had to go on circles for 3x of 15 minutes each because of the queuing problem in the run way. On the third round the Pilot of flight TG 620 had to make an emergency landing at Clark because our plane almost run out of fuel. I was both angry and ashamed as I heard all the side comments and complaints of the passengers especially those foreigners who just came for a business meeting today but had to miss out. We touched down around 3:00PM after yet another prolonged wait at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark) because it took them more than half an hour to give us the go signal to take off after refueling!

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ASEAN and Education Competitiveness

  • Friday, 15 November 2013 03:28

We will have the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by January 2015 or just 14 months from now. This is a great opportunity for many of us in the region to experience freer movement of goods and services or people.

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What is the Main Purpose of Government?

  • Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:27

There are several theories and opinions on the role of government in society and the citizens. This column takes the classic liberal philosophy that the main function of government, its raison d'etre or reason for existence, is to promulgate the rule of law. The law against murder and aggression, the law against stealing and destruction of property, the law protecting individual liberty and freedom of expression.

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Religious Freedom vs. Freedom of Mobility: The Iglesia Medical Mission

  • Friday, 18 October 2013 03:52

Last Monday, October 14, 2013, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) held a huge medical mission in several places in Manila City. The organizers announced that they expect to gather about 1.5 million people from many places in Metro Manila and neighboring provinces. In anticipation of the huge traffic, Manila Mayor Erap Estrada suspended all classes from all levels in the city. Other cities in the metropolis also suspended classes up to high school as long convoys of vehicles from many places will be passing by their cities on their way to Manila.

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Social Diversity, Oppositions and Factions

  • Monday, 30 September 2013 01:54

When people are free, diversity and spontaneity among them is to be expected. Some will have very high ambition and would employ the most efficient ways to achieve things and accomplish more. Others will be less ambitious or less efficient and would settle for lesser economic and social accomplishment, in exchange for a less stressful, less complicated life. Social inequality is a natural result and it is not to be feared nor demonized by free people.

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