Manglapus, Raul S.
January 1967
Foreign Affairs;Jan1967, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p344
Academic Journal
This article addresses the importance of political and social revolution in Asia and the role of U.S. ideology in the political and social structure of the region. Asia wants revolution and Asia needs revolution. The only Asian nation to which this truth does not apply is Japan, while society was transformed in the nineteenth century. Once all of Asia was in a state of equilibrium with its agrarian societies relying for survival on a delicate balance between land and population. Asia is left today with more ambition and less fulfillment, more people and less food. The equilibrium is gone. And no new rebel can assume the divine mantle and restore the harmony. The Asian, converted to the ideas of the West, now wants to control his government and his destiny. Though he may still be at the base of the old pyramid he wants dignity for himself not just for the emperor, the potentate or the scholar-official and not just for the native aristocrat or the comprador. Equality is good, but in the newly emerging nations there is now too much equality in destitution. Dignity would be better. And all the while, the U.S. are unpragmatically espousing or rejecting ideas because of associations that are either imprecise or no longer applicable. The idea of capitalism is a primary example.


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