Archive for the ‘The Good’ Category

Michael Crichton (1942 – 2008)

In The Good on November 8, 2008 at 1:35 am

Michael Crichton, the well known writer, died of cancer a few days ago.  Several of his books such as The Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park not only sold well but went on to become major movies as well.

I have not read any of his books and seen only a few of the movies based on them but for some time I have been reading his non-fiction writings on his website and have found a great deal of sense in them.

Here is a speech he gave at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.  It is as relevant today as it was when he gave it a few years ago:

To The Able

In The Good on October 6, 2008 at 3:13 am

Living in India the past two years I’ve made it a point to read Swaminathan Aiyar’s column in The Times of India every Sunday.  In the same period I’ve also discovered a blog called “Aristotle the Geek.”  Today I have a nit to pick with both.

In his blog ATG writes that capitalism works on trickle-up, not trickle down.  In precise terms, capitalism sees neither “trickle up” nor “trickle up” but trickle to ability and efficiency.

Considering again the case Mr. Aiyar presented in his column, it is possible to see without much ado that profit flowed to people in proportion to the value they added to the raw cotton.  The person who makes the cotton most useful to the person who will use the cotton (i.e. the one who uses the most complex ideas) gains the most.

Consider also what happens to the money once it is in the hands of the mill owners.  They do not keep the money sitting like a stone on the ground.  This money finds itself in the market to be lent to the borrower who can make the most productive use of it.  Once again, it goes to the most able, productive and intelligent.

In the thinking of this blogger, both trickle-up and trickle-down are incorrect theories because they miss the essential, the ethical, part of Capitalism – capital flows to those who most deserve it.  All of Socialism is merely a misguided attempt to deny that Capitalism is a based ultimately on justice.

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
  • 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.

    Possibly A Good Sign

    In The Good on May 12, 2008 at 3:54 am

    Now that anger of the Indian political establishment at a popular whipping boy has died down let us see the facts of the case.

    Taken at face value, Mr. Bush’s remarks are not antagonistic towards India. One would expect leaders of a poor country to be happy at being told that their country is now wealthy enough to consititute a serious demand for a commodity even as basic as food.  What could be a better recognition of their astute leadership? No?

    Evidently, it is not so. Our politican’s would rather be told that we are too poor and destitute to have any effect on food prices.

    However, no mass protests have broken out yet. There have been as yet no gangs of angry peasants (hired by Indian political parties) marching on the American embassy in New Delhi. Maybe the general philosophy in India has improved and all the Indians can’t be fooled all the time into thinking that the United States is to blame for all problems all of the time.

    Maybe, just maybe, that is true.  If it is, it would be to the good.

    Bachchan, Sanghvi and Thapar vs. Ramadoss

    In The Good on May 7, 2008 at 12:14 am

    Nanny whines…

    …and gets slapped


    The most interesting thing about Karan Thapar’s interview is that Ramadoss thinks people are smart because they to voted his party into power but dumb because they can’t teach their children to avoid smoking.

    Looks like a simple case of a politician wanting to eat his cake and have it too, doesn’t it? Still, it is fundamental enough to contain the essentials of all philosophical theories that have ever existed. Really.

    More on that later.

    In Defence of Liberty

    In The Good on May 6, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Are you looking for a rational alternative to socialist rhetoric?

    Do you support the freedom of individuals to make their own choices?

    Do you want to read rational ideas applied to the Indian context?

    Try In Defence of Liberty

    A Discovery

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

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

    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.

    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.