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A Discovery

In The Good on April 22, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Today’s newspaper was bad.  Reading on the web was good:

Everyone Has Some Good In Them

In The Ugly on April 22, 2008 at 2:35 am

In a world of no fixed moral code everyone who has caused physical harm to the innocent has an eulogizer.  The Communist/Naxalite/Marxist Anuradha Ghandy is no exception.

The typical form for such an eulogy is that it is typically written by someone who was in the past close to the person.  The person is remembered for some trait that might be considered nice for example they were kind to children, always cheerful etc.

In the orgy of praise, the ideas the person followed or stood for are considered irrelevant.  What is worse, the blame is often cast on a third person.  What is still worse, the blame is cast indirectly – as Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been blamed right at the end of the article on Anuradha Ghandy.

To this blogger, Anuradha Ghandy deserves condemnation, not praise.  And so does any person who tries to cover the essential nature of such people behind mindless personal reminisces.

The rest of us have to discard the idea that everyone has some good in them.  No, some people are just plain bad, even if once in a while they laugh and play with their friends.

The Value of Bio-fuel

In The Good on April 21, 2008 at 1:03 am

People on the left might shed tears for the future of humans but it is the ones who are not on the left that actually are interested and furthermore, the ones who have the solutions.

Massive Protests in China

In The Ugly on April 20, 2008 at 7:45 am

The Hindustan Times reports a nationalistic orgy in China against Tibetan independance and France for allowing protests.

One can only imagine what would have happened if these same protesters had been demanding democracy.  Remember Tiananmen.

China is trying to manipulate the news but cannot wipe out the fact that it is the evil empire of our times.  Sooner or later it will fall.  Evil never wins in the long run.

Free Of Ideology?

In The Ugly on April 20, 2008 at 3:57 am

The short history over at the People’s Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL) states their desire to be free from all political ideologies so that they can be free to pursue the defence of Civil Liberties in India.  To add to this they say they do not accept funds from people other than their members, activists and office bearers.

When we look at this a little closer it is evident that they pursue the “defence” from a definite ideological stance that can only be said to be leftist.  A case in point is this story which expresses dismay at the killing of Maoist (also known as Naxalites and Communists) leaders.  The killing of these people may or may not have been extra-judicial but nowhere does the PUCL story identify the nature of the Maoists.  They will not state anywhere that the Maoists are a terror organization which brooks no dissent.  For some “light reading” click here.  (If it makes you sick, blame the Communists.)

Where now does the PUCL claim of being free of ideology lie?

Objectively, nowhere.

Every human being if one observes carefully, has some guiding (or misguiding as the case may be) principles even if these principles are held subconciously.  One can call this ideology or one can be more accurate and call it philosophy.

But look, and you will find behind every individual and every organization the moving force of philosophy.  If that we not so, it would be possible for every human being to a perfectly good one moment, perfectly bad another.  Every person a Jeckel and Hyde.  In reality, this does not happen, people are more or less the same every day.

Some have a philosophy that improves human lives.  In this category we can count the great artists, scientists and engineers.  In others, such as  Communists and Socialists, we find those who leave behind nothing more than war, devastation and dead bodies.

The only choice each of us has is to choose which philosophy we choose to follow.  The Maoists/Socialists/Communists have chosen theirs and the rest of us would do well to recognize the fact and not be fooled by their protests of being non-ideological.

Celebrity Causes

In The Ugly on April 16, 2008 at 2:09 am

Pamela Anderson is well known for her engineered superstructure.  Less well known is her expertise on the recent food crisis.  The solution according to Pam is the humble potato.

As in many other cases, when celebrities, particularly those with impressive “superstructures”, start advocating causes, the facts behind problems and their long term solutions fall by the wayside.

In the case of the food crisis, at least some of the problem was caused by other celebrities demanding increases in bio-fuel production diverting crops that would otherwise be available on the food market.

China’s Indian Dupes

In The Ugly on April 14, 2008 at 3:33 am

Indians are some of the biggest peaceniks in the World.  They are willing almost to pay any cost to avoid being seen as nasty.  (They only wany to avoid being seen as nasty, not to avoid nastiness as such.)  A case, in point has been all the handwringing about the Olympics being an event where all nations participate in peace etc.  This despite the Chinese crackdown in Tibet.

No matter what happens, Indians are not willing to see China as a danger.

Now comes this story on how the Chinese view India.

China for the Second Time Today

In The Good on April 11, 2008 at 10:22 pm

Anne Applebaum has a good article over at Slate.

Her book Gulag is good too.

Tianamen Revisited

In The Bad on April 11, 2008 at 8:26 pm

Anyone who has doubts about the true nature of China’s government would do well to read the following link and then consider if they can still be neutral:

Olympics For Everyone?

In The Bad on April 11, 2008 at 8:08 pm

A common line of thought goes that the Olympics are “for everyone.”  That we should put aside all differences to participate and be happy.  At least, this is what China and it’s sympathizers want us to believe.

This line of thinking in it’s relativistically correct haze ignores the context.  The context is that games are played between people and nations with a common set of values.  The values in the case of all sporting events are of individualism and liberty.

China, on the other hand, is not a nation that respects either liberty or the rights of individuals.  Instead, China is a totalitarian state that still in this day and age runs labour camps –

In light of the nature of the Chinese government, it is ridiculous to expound on the shared values between China and the people of the free world.  Further, China should never have been allowed to host the Olympics and the Chinese should not not even be allowed to participate so long as their system of government is illiberal.