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"The more things change, the more they stay the same (plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose),” the 19th century French thinker Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr once lamented. In many ways, this is the state of our ‘national’ politics.

Yes, we do have new faces, including some of the mine-mes of a tropical King Lear, who will soon join the highest chamber of the nation. Two of our newly coming senators never held any elected office in the past -- and their greatest achievement is nothing more than blind loyalty to a former mayor of a provincial town that, during a nationwide “protest vote”, was catapulted to the throne. (Remember, the 2016 elections saw the son of a former dictator/“national hero” almost making it to the second highest office in the land. It was a wholesale rejection, at the highest level, of the post-Marcosian liberal-centrist meta-narrative.)

The Thinker

The late filmmaker and cinematographer Albert Maysles once memorably said, “Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance.” As a political thinker, I felt his was among the most poignant observations of the perils of our political zeitgeist. In many ways, no one has the monopoly over tyranny; we all tend to, though in varying degrees and from divergent points of paradigmatic departure, succumb to dogmatism and hubris -- the twin mental evils that tend to invade human thoughts and poison our interactions with the outside world. Yet, there is something more profound and humanistic to Maysles observation. Come to think of it, nuance is everything, especially to people like me, who hail from a diverse ethnic, cultural and ideological background.