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    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    The hypocrisy of the elite class

    “I wear the Dutertard badge with honor. It is because I have proven to myself, not to anybody else, that there is no disconnect with me and my people.”

    That was the opening statement of the Facebook post published by netizen Faith Cabanilla. As implied by her statement, Cabanilla is an obvious supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, his administration, and his ardent undertakings. 

    Implicitly talking about empathy towards her fellow Filipinos, Cabanilla affixed in her FB post a past article written by De La Salle University professor and well-known political analyst, Antonio P. Contreras.

    The said write-up indited by Contreras talks about the Filipino people, particularly the privileged ones. Written last year, shortly after the Roxas Night Market bombing in Davao on September 5, 2016, Contreras’ post is filled with conviction and fervency.

    The political analyst talked about how these so-called “non-economic elites” hamper the effective and holistic development of the country. Contreras also pointed out the “hypocrisy” of majority of people belonging to this particular elitist class.

    To comprehensively understand Contreras’ sentiments, affixed in the succeeding paragraph is the copy of his original write-up. His article reads:

    “I belong to the non-economic elites in society as I am also part of the so-called intellectual class. Am I proud?

    Not exactly. Considering that in the past decades of our history, our class bred the most hypocrisy and the most bigotry. 

    Even as we projected a pro-people agenda, we targeted the masses for vilification, we demean their intelligence, and any leader who attempts to represent them and be like them we condemn, demonize and undermine.

    We love to take pride in the textbook adage that we are in fact the lynchpin of history.

    Yet in reality, we retard progress by being complicit with conservative politics. In the guise of promoting liberal ideas, we end up focusing on memory and a discourse of rights that structurally favors the articulate and the learned and the guardians of painful pasts, of not moving on and of retributive justice.
    We may not know it, but we love to believe that our politics openly and purportedly works for those in the margins and the bottom, but in the end actually serves the interests of the center and the top.

    We are that voice who is so alienated from those we want to rescue and save from what we allege as their ignorance.

    This is because we never listen. We are so full of ourselves. We think that our reading of history and of politics is our gift to humanity.

    We talk as if we are the guardians of democracy. 

    In the end we become constraints to its evolution away from the alien models that we have reified as its templates.

    Thus, many of us fight for human rights but when Davao was bombed the first that came to our minds is fear of creeping authoritarianism instead of feeling compassion.

    We fight for freedom of expression, and the enabling of voices who are marginalized in corporate media, yet we are also the first to demean non-pedigreed sites and delegitimize social media by vowing to take it back from the people we have the pretense to empower.

    We are one conflicted class. And the thing is, we do not know it.” Contreras ended.

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