Thursday, May 17, 2012
"Socdem: Filipino Social Democracy in a Time of Turmoil and Transition, 1965-1995", Edited by Benjamin T. Tolosa, Jr.
Because a full-fledged study of Filipino social democracy has not been undertaken before, this effort at collective storytelling is valuable in itself as a way to recover political memories and draw out oral histories of this political tradition. The study also aims to document the history of Filipino social democracy both as an ideology (a social vision appropriate to Philippine conditions) and as a political movement (the organizations who have espoused it and their political praxis, including efforts at coalition building). From these stories, we can draw out distinctive themes and learning experiences that have relevance not just from the perspective of the past, but also for renewing political education and engagement present.