How is the free market movement going in the Philippines?
There are several qualitative and anecdotal discussions and proof that shows it is alive and kicking. By how much?
Until now I can only think of one measurement, and that is the global traffic rank of Filipino free market blogs via www.alexa.com. As of today, here are the top five and their respective global ranks:
As there are several hundred million blogs and websites worldwide, to land in the first six million would be a privilege. Here are other free market-oriented Filipino blogs but have relatively low (above 20 million) or no rank assigned by alexa.
1. Carlos Tapang, http://ctapang.wordpress.com/
2. Joshua Lipana, http://joshualipana.com/
3. Laisse Faire Filipino, http://filipinofreedomfighter09.blogspot.com/
4. Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc. http://www.minimalgovernment.net/
5. Monkey Society, libertarian Buddhist blog, http://monkeysocietyblog.blogspot.com/
6. New Commonwealth, http://libertadfilipinas.wordpress.com/
I think there are other free market-leaning blogs and websites by Filipinos, whether based here or abroad. I hope to find and read them someday.
Meanwhile, I wrote this last May 27, 2012:
It's been almost one year since I posted a review of the popularity of Filipino free market blogs (ie, blogs advocating free market and individual liberty by Filipinos) based on their global ranks in the alexa.com ranking, see Filipino free market blogs, part 3, April 14, 2011.
Here's their global rank from alexa.com as of this morning:
You see the view of this blog, here's the top page of the other 3 popular blogs.
Two other blogs managed to have a global rank, while five others -- four cited below, the 5th, http://libertadfilipinas.wordpress.com/ -- have "no data", meaning their global ranks could be 20 millionth or lower.
And here's the top page of four of them:
We need to work harder, fellow Filipino free market bloggers and writers. The drop in our overall global ranks compared to their year ago level could be explained not by the poorer quality of contents. In fact, the contents have greatly improved. But rather by the rise of the total number of blogs and websites worldwide. There are possibly several thousand new blogs that are created each day, like those from China.
Another factor is that blogs with addresses "________.blogspot.com" or "_______.wordpress.com" are banned in China as the communist government there has banned google, wordpress (not sure of this), facebook, youtube and several other social networking sites. Thus, for many of our blogs, they are "invisible" to millions of potential readers in China or other countries that are ruled by dictators and despots.
Nonetheless, we rejoice with the fact that we managed to sustain our sites, that we retained our philosophy and advocacies, and that we have inflicted some damage to the philosophies and thinking of "more government, more coercion" groups and individuals.
* See also:
Filipino free market blogs, part 2, April 05, 2011
Asian free market websites, part 3, May 10, 2011