Sunday, August 23, 2020
I haven't been writing in, because darnit where to even begin?
This is what I put in just now as my reason for unsubscribing from newsletters from one news source:
I support freedom of speech and am highly suspicious of Facebook etc becoming deciders and arbiters of truth. Your blatant push for censorship goes against my most basic principles. Put across competing ideas instead of treating me like a little child who cannot decide between right and wrong that needs to be protected by you. Nobody holds Monopoly over truth, but it exists and censorship won't help reach it. And stop getting offended by online posts and start getting offended by on-ground rioting for God's sake, the latter is what will kill us sooner.
Here is the orweillian nightmare of an article that triggered this, talk about wanting to cut off the head to cure the headache:
Who the bloody hell do you think is going to be doing that regulating? Precisely the kind of people who you don't want to be doing it!
Sunday, March 15, 2020
Memo to the West: Do you seriously believe your civilisation can last if each of you is critically dependent for your natural daily toilet chores on a specialised product with a complex supply chain and quickly depleting inventory that cannot be easily replicated / localised?
Are you planning to stuff your Mars mission spaceship with toilet paper rolls?
What if this is one thing that has been holding your civilisation back?
The water can be piped and is locally available. The electricity can be wired or transmitted or locally generated. Those are more reliable supply chains, more sustainable dependencies. Your toilet paper dependency is not.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Who in India is working towards SMALLER government?
Towards limiting the powers of government?
I've participated in budget analysis at a small level in the past. One big takeaway was that the majority of all the money is spent on salaries, and that long after several jobs have gone redundant, it stays impossible to formally end those positions.
Today you will occasionally see headlines like "X thousand vacancies in so and so government department remain unfilled". What they won't tell you is that a whole lot of those jobs (like carrying files between desks, reconfirming and recertifying something for a 10th time, operating an elevator, etc) don't actually exist in reality anymore. We seem to love demanding they be filled, but we'll be protesting next thing about another hike in our taxes to fund what we just demanded.
The more welfare and "sarkar ko yeh karna chahiye woh karna chahiye" that I see our thought leaders keeping on demanding from our government : it comes with a terrible price that is physically impossible to avoid but they all want to avoid mentioning : We have to give more and more power to our government over our lives, and of course, more and more taxation to fund our "noble intention" that we all know is just waiting to be hijacked so that we can get a chance to complain yet again.
And in the process we keep destroying out own ability to come together and help ourselves. We keep breeding a culture of expecting the government to do everything, and after that we complain about not being people not being democratic enough and wanting autocratic leaderships and whatnot. Has anyone ever heard a proverb "you reap what you sow" or its Hindi equivalent: "Jaisi karni waisi bharni" ?
Who in India is saying the government should keep its suspicious slimy stinking hands OUT of a particular sector?
Who should be?
And if someone IS doing something towards this in whichever way, then have we not seen the rest of our "civil society" suddenly become super negative towards them?
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