Tina Ebro called us to join a forum on “social protection”, i.e. ensuring the economic and social needs of peoples are provided for and ensured in all societies today. Of course this is not a new idea. Religious values that have evolved since ancient times have generally all advocated this in its various concepts of justice.
The more modern social ideologies universally advocate this. Even the ideology of individualistic capitalism believe its system is the best to fulfil this, and of course its anti-thesis called socialism and its variant communism believe only its own system based on forms collective ownership of tools and factors of production.
Beyond Motherhood Statements.
So now I am reporting from a seminar room of the Ferzal Hotel on Malakas St. here in Quezon City. The first talk by Dr. Francine Mestrum from the Global Social Justice NGO made very good points that woke me up from my cynical stupor, as I have come to expect “motherhood statements” form many of these discussions on “human rights” and “people’s welfare”.
Mestrum woke me up by referencing the latest “Paris shock” to the two ways provide protection to people, by means of Force such as military and police action or by economic and social provisions (food, shelter, clothing, health, work, peace and security). The use of Force has failed she said, and that is totally and universally correct and affirmed by all of history.
“One Belt, One Road” Towards Universal Social Protection.