Quotations From Chief Consultant Sison

10 04 2009

 

Quotations From Chief Consultant Sison

by Edjop

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On Technology

“The biggest irony in the world today is that science and technology can effect industrial development and eliminate poverty but is used by the multinational firms and banks to exploit the people of the world, extract superprofits and debt service from them, deprive them of the boon of development and consign them to worsening levels of poverty.”

 

On Human Rights

“There can be an effective advocacy and militant defense of human rights only by knowing who are the violators of human rights and who are the victims and by recognizing that the people themselves can fight for their human rights through the national democratic movement.”

 

“The substantive scope of human rights covers not only civil and political rights, but also the economic, social and cultural rights of the Filipino people.  The people assert and fight for the full scope of human rights in their struggle for national and social liberation.”

 

On the Environment

“In extracting superprofits and debt service from the third world, the foreign monopoly capitalists are the biggest plunderers of human and natural resources and despoilers and polluters of the natural environment.  The environmental issue as well as the demand for sustainable development can be seriously addressed only by criticizing and repudiating imperialism and by struggling for liberation.”

 

On Education

“Academic freedom is not merely a protective mantle for cultivating an egotistic and self-gratifying type of enlightenment and expertise or for undertaking the study, training and research program approved by the capitalist state and its monopoly firms.”

 

“Aside from being the keeper and disseminator of received knowledge, the university promotes the advance of knowledge to a new and higher level for the sake of social progress.  It has the obligation to perform critical and creative functions in the contemporary world.  Here lies social responsibility that leads to social progress.”

 

“The bourgeois mode of thinking dominant in society inevitably circulates in or pervades your university at the present time.  The monopoly bourgeois never ceases to influence the university in the capitalist world.  In addition to the tuition fees paid by the students, funds and other resources are received by the university from the state and from the capitalist firms and certain requirements consistent with the demands of capitalism are attached to these resources.” 

 

 

“Academic freedom is best exercised and practiced when you perform your critical and creative functions, when you can see through the workings of monopoly capitalism and criticize the capitalist appropriation of science and technology to extract profits, exploit the proletariat and the people, impose neocolonialism on the countries of the third world and relegate the people there to poverty and misery.”  

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