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Privatise Temple Security

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 at 11:42 pm

The inevitable happened again.  A stampede at a Hindu temple left a lot of people dead.  And as usual, the government of the state in which this happened is taking flak for not providing security. 

But why should this happen? Why should a government, any government, be responsible for providing crowd control facilities to religious institutions?

Temples that attract large crowds tend to make a lot of money in the form of donations.  This money obviously comes from their visitors.  Let the temples then spend some of this money to hire private security and para-medics to tend to the visitors.

There is no reason why people who don’t go to temples should be forced to part with their tax money to pay for those who do.

Who’s Responsible For the Bank Crisis?

In Uncategorized on September 30, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Much has been written blaming financial institutions for the recent financial crisis.  Some have gone to the extent of labelling banks as greedy.  Maybe so, but the part played by home buyers must also be examined.

For years, people have been buying homes without knowing how they are going to pay for them.  They knew that they did not have the money to pay for these homes but the lure of ownership proved too much to resist.  It was too tempting not to “dream The American Dream.”

Part of the blame must be borne by these folk.  There’s no such thing as a free lunch.  When you consume without creating an equal value to pay for it, you must one day suffer the consequences.

A Non-Epistemological Mind

In The Irrelevant on September 27, 2008 at 1:04 am

Did I get this wrong or did she actually say that Canada and Russia are in Alaska?

“Us” Against “Them” Forever And Ever

In The Ugly on September 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Naxal Watch has published an article attempting to rationalize the initiation of violence by Hindu organisations.

They forget that the people who they list as prosecutors of Hindus died centuries ago.  It is a grave miscarriage of justice to use acts commited by people long died to justify violence against people living today.

In their orgy of collectivism they forget that people are individuals, responsible neither for the misdeeds of their ancestors, nor of their descendents, nor of their co-religionists provided they do not condone those acts.

In their rant against the “Marxist” media, they forget that the primary flaw of Marxism is to view people as mere units completely determined by the membership of a social class.  A trap into which Naxal Watch, in it’s defence of Hindu terrorists, has fallen.

In their objection to the conversion of “innocent” Hindus, they forget that the Hindus are converting by choice.  At last look, religious conversions were still permitted by the law.

Lastly, they forget that there is nothing unpatriotic about not toeing the line of Hindu organizations.

This blog still stands by it’s earlier view that militant Hinduism is just as much of a threat to civilization as militant Islam or any other religion driven by the passion of it’s own unfalliable superiority.

The writer of this blog is proud to say that he is neither Hindu, nor Muslim, nor Christian, nor Marxist but an individualist.

Promote Rationality

In The Good on September 25, 2008 at 1:00 pm

“The Atlas Economic Research Foundation is pleased to announce a request for proposals for a USD 9,500 grant to teach the virtues of entrepreneurship, individual initiative, wealth generation, and prosperity by distributing and promoting Ayn Rand’s influential novel, Atlas Shrugged. “

For more information, please visit:

  • In Defence of Liberty
  • Atlas Foundation
  • The Ayn Rand Institute
  • Oscar Fernandes Should Resign

    In The Ugly on September 24, 2008 at 3:29 am

    On the 22nd of September, L.K. Chaudhary, the CEO of an Indian company, was lynched by former employees of his factory.  Justifying the muder, Oscar Fernandes, Labour Minister in the Government of India said:

    “There are disparities in the wages of permanent employees and contract workers. The workers should not be pushed so hard that they resort to whatever that had happened in Noida,”

    The law is meant to protect the rights of the individual and when a minister in a government inverts this principle and defends instead the violation of rights then that minister is unfit for office.

    Therefore, Mr. Fernandes should be asked to step down from his post immediately.

    The Mark of Mediocrity

    In The Bad on September 18, 2008 at 7:57 pm

    Joe Biden says:

    “”We want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle-class people,” Biden said. Of those who would pay more, he said: “It’s time to be patriotic … time to jump in, time to be part of the deal, time to help get America out of the rut.”

    A person who wants something from other people, not by trading values but by appropriation, is a mediocrity.  This is true even if that person invokes the Holy Cow of Patriotism.

    Reservations: Cricket and Real World

    In Uncategorized on September 9, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    India Uncut has a blog entry on reservations in cricket.

    No different from the world of caste based reservations, it it? 

    Anyway, it doesn’t matter now because in a few hours the Hadron Reactor will be turned on and the World will end.  If you want to make money on the event, go here.

    We Will Survive

    In The Good on September 6, 2008 at 3:46 am

    Comes the news that human artifacts are being recoved from melting glaciers.

    Means at some point in the past, temperatures were as high as they are now.  For obvious reasons, they cannot have been high because of human activity.

    And from that we can further reason that:

    1. Perhaps the current increase in temperatures also have natural causes like climate cycles.
    2. Humans once faced temperatures higher, it is argued, than they were a few centuries ago, and survived.

    The moral of the story is – The Earth is Fine.  Save Yourself.

    The Man From S.A.F.E.

    In The Bad on September 4, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    The Head of the All India Tennis Association says that India is safe:

    “This is absolutely not on, it is ridiculous,” Khanna told Reuters on Tuesday. “I don’t think any sensible Indian would say the country was not safe.”

    This is an incomplete record for less than the two years past but it makes clear that India is a violent and terribly unsafe country.

    The deeper question is what degree of mental evasion lets people shut their eyes to the truth?