Book banned sa Pinas


12-13-2005, 09:14 PM

Author’s words…
I just received word from a “friend in the Philippines,” who wished to remain anonymous, that my book, The Making of Modern Economics ( r2&tag=humaneventson-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&path=http%3A%2F%2Fww product%2F0765604809 %2Fqid%3D1134360159% 2Fsr%3D2-1%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_b_2 _1%3Fs%3Dbooks%2526v %3Dglance%2526n%3D28 3155), has been pulled from the shelves – along with Ayn Rand’s novels – from the libraries at the University of the Philippines, a hotbed of Marxism.
Here’s the story:
In 2002, a student named Franscisco (a pseudonym) at the University of the Philippines read my book, The Making of Modern Economics ( r2&tag=humaneventson-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&path=http%3A%2F%2Fww product%2F0765604809 %2Fqid%3D1134360159% 2Fsr%3D2-1%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_b_2 _1%3Fs%3Dbooks%2526v %3Dglance%2526n%3D28 3155) (ME Sharpe, 2001). The book is a popular textbook that tells the story of the great economic thinkers, from Adam Smith to modern times, all written from a free-market perspective. (It’s now in its third printing, and has been translated into three languages.)

One of the most controversial chapters is chapter 6, “Marx Plunges Economics into a New Dark Age.” The student was a member of a Communist front student organization at University of the Philippines, but was so impressed with my critique of Marx that he typed the entire chapter into an email and sent it to all his Marxist friends and sociology professor. As a result, they all abandoned Marxism in favor of free-market economics, including his professor.

Now apparently my book has become so effective in countering Marxism in the Philippines that it has been removed from the major university libraries in Manila – along with Ayn Rand’s books.
Go here for the complete story.


12-14-2005, 01:27 PM

ha ano yun:)


12-14-2005, 04:01 PM


Anong ibig sabihin mo ng libro mo ito? As in ikaw ang nagsulat? or aklat na binabasa mo?

… and what is the point? na someuniversities are not open enough to allow all views or are you still insisting na Marxist view of economics is better?

di ko yata na-gets iyong punto?


12-14-2005, 04:32 PM

di ko yata na-gets iyong punto?
Di ko din na-gets ang point nya sa simula pero nung binasa ko yung nasa link nakuha ko na…


12-14-2005, 05:36 PM

To Dax…
Thank you. Glad you went to the link.
That’s what the link was for… clarification.
What did you think of the article or the banning?

To neblus…
thank you for your interest.
I think going to the link will help you understand my post.
If you go to the link, please let me know what you think.


12-14-2005, 05:49 PM

Hi abakitba, thanks for sharing.

Actually, nalabuan ako dun sa original article (not your own post).

E kasi naman, yung makukuha lang natin dun sa original letter writer ay: hindi niya mahanap yung books dun sa shelves nang biblioteka. Paano naman nila nasabing “banned” o “censored” na yung libro? E baka naman may humiram lang?:confused:

At paano naman niya nasabing yung librarian yung nag-underline?? Hindi ba bomalabs medyo yung artikol?


12-14-2005, 06:40 PM

To Andres…
You bring up an interesting point.
I can understand your healthy skepticism…

The good thing about the internet is that if you name a place, one can always go there, find the facts, and dispute what someone else says.
For example, if someone from TF, (or Human Events Online) goes to the library, finds the books… then they can always say… that the author is lying.
Human Events Online is quite prestigious and I think a post like this, if proven false, would be corrected in a very short time.
I’m also sure that the University of the Philippines, if they were not hiding (or banning) this book, would come out and rebut that article.

Hindi ko alam ang climate sa academia sa Pinas.
Always thought UP was overrated (I prefer engineering and science to political schools).
Perhaps now I know a reason… too many Marxists?
But I do know one thing, many people, doctors, pilots, and others… are trying to go to Nursing school… para hindi sila ma iwan sa Pilipinas.

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