[The original state of men in nature] is a state of perfect freedom to choose their actions, and dispose of their possessions and persons, as they think fit – within the bounds of the law of nature – without asking leave, or depending upon the will of any other man. – John Locke
Continuing with my editorials from TAGI, this one is from June 2008:
So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. – Voltaire
Free societies do not have inefficient, tenured civil services. It is fortunate for Melbourne City that it does not have IAS officers (unlike, for instance, Delhi or Mumbai).
Instead, directly elected representatives (Councillors) in the Melbourne City local government area hire excellent managers on five year contracts and pay them very well to deliver results. If they don’t deliver, these managers are fired! The citizens also actively participate in Council meetings. If despite that the Councillors fail to deliver results then they are voted out in the next elections.
In Indian governments no one is directly and solely accountable for anything. But freedom can’t exist without accountability. Therefore, India’s colonial governance frameworks and policies of socialism must go. Accountability must be established.
The city of Melbourne provides garbage bins (green bin to the left) and bicycle stands:
All great feats have initially appeared to be utopian. Those trying to change things are often the butt of ridicule. Leading attracts criticism, and so most of