Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday to fast-track new legislation for autonomy in the country's most volatile region, advancing a protracted process to end decades of rebellion and thwart rising Islamist militancy. The Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) submitted to Duterte on Monday is the culmination of a rocky 20-year peace process between the government of the predominantly Christian Philippines and the Muslim separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It aims to turn predominantly Muslim parts of the southern island of Mindanao into an autonomous region with its own executive, legislature and fiscal powers.DECENTRALIZE. If areas disagree in important ways, DECOUPLE them to the necessary degree, so they can work together on areas of harmony. Duterte isn't quite the SANEST leader in the world; Orban of Hungary probably stays at #1. But this move takes Duterte up the scale. Teach us, Orban. Teach us, Duterte. = = = = = Afterthought for clarity: This purpose for decentralizing seemed at first to clash with the purpose I was describing in next entry... Decentralized modules work best when they share a common purpose. It's not a contradiction. Duterte is separating the Muslim group of communities from the Christian group of communities, so that the communities within each group can form their own trust network. Trying to mesh both groups into one network led to constant conflict requiring heavy government action.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.