IN HIS column “Not a bargain” (Aug. 27, 2020), Carvajal pleads for a peaceful revolution. He condemns the “ violent revolution and warned that it can be led and won by the CCP/NPA. He wrote: “...communism is not a bargain either.” (A bargain is a point of negotiation, a thing that can be considered as an advantageous deal.)
Alone by concluding from this quotation it is enigmatic how Piranias (Tell It To SunStar, Sept, 23, 2020, By Benjamin Bryce Piranias) can suspect Carvajal to be a communist and Marxist.
The following quotation may have prompted Piranias to call Carvajal a socialist: “Why can it (the Church) not throw the full weight of its influence and power on the workers’ fight, beyond living wages , for profit-sharing or, better still, for part-ownership of a business?”
In many democratic countries like the very modern four Scandinavian states, Germany, Japan and certainly many more, there are models of profit sharing between entrepreneurs and workforce. In Germany, “co-determination” by company counsels is obligatory. Many factories grant their workforce voluntarily additional incentives for mutual benefit, as they see it. Part-ownership is practiced when the capitalist labor givers encourage and facilitate the acquisition of shares by their labor takers. We see how far the Philippine society is lagging behind what could be social justice, peace and prosperity if only profit maximization were not the sole target of the already rich.
The worker’s fight is the task of the workers themselves when they unite in unions. Article XIII of the 1987 Constitution Section 3 “Labor” reads:
The state shall guaranty the rights of all workers to self-organization, collective bargaining and negotiations, and peaceful concerted activities, including the right to strike in accordance with law...They (workers) shall also participate in policy and decision-making processes affecting their rights and benefits as may be provided by law.
Nothing else is Carvajal advocating. That is neither communist nor socialist, it is a social matter of concern commonly practiced and a project in the makings in RP.
So all the atrocities of communist leaders that Piranias is ranting about have nothing to do with Carvajal’s ideology.
Carvajal calls for “Moral reform of the society’s institutions (home, school, church)...” As a post-religious European I decline to comment on the Roman Catholic Church.
The institution that Carvajal wants to reform is the political system. In many Break Points, he postulated: Proportional representation of parliamentarians of genuine political parties in a federal Philippines with a prime minister as head of government and a president as head of the state.
That president is a man of high integrity and respect, ideally a philosopher with deep democratic convictions and insights into all public matters who addresses the nation in well chosen words, encouraging and admonishing the citizens. A prime minister is controlled, appointed, deposed and replaced by the parliament. The federal president chosen by the elected representatives is unable to usurp the power as did Ferdinand and all presidents since are suspected unfoundedly to intend.
Carvajal’s vision has nothing in common with the presidents that Piranias believes Carvajal is favoring over the present oligarchs: Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Deng, Polpot, Xi, and Un.