"Educated" people across India seem to have lost their sense – they are so badly confused I could cry. What has socialism done to our educated people? It has made them INCAPABLE OF THINKING.
Arvind Kejriwal's website says: (here: http://www.lokrajandolan.org/images/handbill_eng.pdf)
"In last 60 years, we have tried every political party and every politician. But things have gone from bad to worse. Merely changing parties and politicians won't help."
And that is why, presumably, Mr Kejriwal happily takes to the streets and supports a medieval, violent patriarch who pretends to be a Gandhian. Apparently Keriwal will find solutions to this problem THROUGH THE STREET. Bravo Mr Kejriwal. You are very sensible.
Next, a commentator on this blog, Girish, says
i think most the so called liberal democrats are so caught up in status quo,things as they are.This system of governance needs massive overhauling.Doesn't matter whether its parliamentary form of governance or presidential form.We need a system that can deliver and respond to changing aspirations of masses.As things stands today,our systems work only for the benefit of few and excludes vast majority of people.It shameful that political parties still go to public with slogans of Garibi hatao even after 60yrs of independence,….irony that we have now swankiest of automobiles which run on pathetic roads…..no tap water but colas and pepsis available in the remotest of villages….our broadband runs on archaic telephony hardware systems…..brightest from IITS and IIMs are selling pepsis colas and kurkure chips and unwilling to join public service commissions…..I'm appalled tht people are spitting venom against AH knowing well that this will only embolden the corrupt politicians who are hell bent to protect their respective fiefdoms
First of all let me say that NO classical liberal policies have been applied in India since independence and so what you are railing against (about India’s problems) is due to SOCIALIST POLITICAL PARTIES. Please try to understand this point very carefully.
Second, “brightest from IITS and IIMs are selling pepsis colas and kurkure chips and unwilling to join public service commissions”. WHY WILL THEY? Do you take them to be your servants? They will EARN THE MAXIMUM THEY CAN. By honest means. And in politics you LOSE money if you are honest. So why will they join politics?. That’s the law of nature.
If you haven’t read BFN you won’t understand either of these two points.
Classical liberal policies will MOTIVATE GOOD PEOPLE TO JOIN. Till then you are seeing a parody of parliamentary democracy, not the way it was intended to be. Don’t blame “liberal democrats” for that please!!!!!
Let me add a few further thoughts
Indians know by now that I GUARANTEE GOOD GOVERNANCE
IN INDIA (but as part of a team of equally honest and competent
But why are Indians not jumping head over heals and falling in line behind me? Why?
Because they want A FREE LUNCH. They won't pay to get people like me as their agents in parliament.
However, please be very clear I'm NOT going to lead India until I am assured of a DECENT PAY for myself and my MPs, till I'm assured that I can establish systems to ensure honesty and increase competence among my MPs.
Somehow this plain LOGICAL and common sense thinking doesn't ring a bell with Indians – because they have been brainwashed into thinking that politics is a "SOCIAL" SERVICE, not a JOB.
But it is actually a job – ON YOUR BEHALF. A politician is your appointed AGENT. And he must have the right incentives to ensure he serves YOUR, and not HIS needs.
Indians well KNOW that I'm a policy expert. They KNOW I'm an administrative expert. They KNOW I'm more experienced in the theory and practice of governance than ANY OTHER INDIAN ALIVE TODAY - having not just worked in the IAS and got a doctorate abroad, in economics, but having worked in a very developed country government (and that last bit makes all the difference).
But no, they want Anna Hazare and his FAKE GANDHIAN nautanki, instead of people like me, because it makes them giddy and emotional. Because it also suggests there is a FREE LUNCH in life – that by setting up one more bureaucratic machinery (these people apparently want a "swaraj" that has MORE AND MORE bureaucracy), they will somehow get good people into India's political system – a free lunch.
But these people – practically the whole of India – are LIVING IN A FOOL'S PARADISE.
No honest person of competence will EVER enter India's politics under the current circumstances.
I'm very sorry to say, India, but there is NO FREE LUNCH. That's the first law of economics.
you REALLY want to get people like me into politics, – honest AND TRULY COMPETENT – those who not only won't loot you but will ADVANCE your interests by getting out of your way, then please start with these five reforms
1. State funding of elections
2. Remove all limits to electoral funding
3. Ensure the MOST RIGOROUS disclosure requirements for political donations
4. Pay the politicians VERY WELL.
5. Elect politicians who promote classical liberalism.
Current political parties will NEVER implement these reform (1 to 4). And so I'm going to set up my own political movement and make these changes – through the parliament. But to do that I need HIGH QUALITY leaders who are both honest AND competent.
And so, If you have it in you to lead India through classical liberal policies, please join FTI
But let's not throw out our democracy while trying to throw out our SOCIALIST politicians. Let's RENOVATE IT, AND MAKE IT WORK. It is actually quite sound of design. Its incentives have got badly distorted, but otherwise it WILL work very well.
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