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Reasons To Abandon Capitalism

In Uncategorized on October 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm

It is not surprising to watch Sitaram Yechuri trot out the old tired strawman method of making a point.  In this method, you take something that is not representative of an idea, treat it as it it is and then proceed with a demolition job.  In the case of Mr. Yechuri, he takes Wall Street and The Economist as representatives of Capitalism and then proceeds to say that Capitalism has failed.

This is false because Wall Street and The Economist are not representatives of Capitalism.  They are the products of a mixed economy in which freedom exists side-by-side government controls and regulation.

And this is just one of the mistakes that Mr. Yechuri makes, for even granting his premise that “Capitalism” has flaws, it should be remembered that Communism, the ideology he espouses has been a complete failure.  China and India have been able to make progress only by freeing their markets to some degree.  The Soviet Union, the posterboy of Communism, is only a memory printed on old maps.

What then is better, the system that lead the Soviet Union to extinction or the system of free markets which even if it undergoes problems is capable of rising to live another day?

For more on the nature of Capitalism and the financial crisis please read the blogs of Aristotle the Geek and Applying Philosophy To Life.  You might find your time to be well spent.

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.

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.