19th June 2011
Let’s not waste time discussing inequality. Poverty removal is the goal.
Apparently an Indian journalist named P.Sainath has given a talk on "the impact of corporate globalization on Indian society and how Neoliberal policies have increased inequalities and devastating farmers in India" (AAryan, on Facebook). Apparently, "He argues that neoliberal policies have increased inequality and have had devastating affects on the poor, including farmers. His lecture, entitled "Slumdogs vs Millionaires: India in the Age of Inequality", was delivered at York University." [Source]
I really don't read the opinions of Indian journalists; haven't read any of them since the late 1980s. I read Indian academics like Deepak Lal and others (see this list), I read the world's best thinkers on freedom. But no, I don't read Indian journalists since they are over-whelmingly socialists, and confused. My recent experience with Shekhar Gupta wasn't very positive either.
I therefore refuse to listen to Sainath's talk (linked above). Because I simply don't have time for those who focus on inequality.
(a) I don't care a damn about inequality. I care ONLY about poverty elimination;
(b) We don't have "neoliberal" policies in India; we have a strong underpinning of socialism and corruption – which leads to corrupt business practices and hence vast unethical inequality; and
(c) Whatever little liberalism was displayed in the last 20 years has dramatically reduced poverty. We need more of that.
Let's not waste time on people who make a big deal about inequality. ONLY socialists care about inequality – but only socialists create UNETHICAL inequality through corruption. Meritorious inequality is a different matter altogether. The people of India (like anywhere else) don't care about inequality that is earned meritoriously (e.g. Infosys). They care about poverty removal 100 times more.
Some of my writings about equality (or inequality)
I've written a lot on this subject and I provide below a few links to these writings, so that the issue of inequality can be given a FINAL burial. We don't need unnecessary distractions in our main goals: removal of poverty, greater freedom, removal of corruption, creation of wealth, etc.
For a detailed discussion of the theory of freedom (and how it is COMPLETELY at odds with the concept of equality), please read chapters 2 and 3 of DOF.
These articles show why we ought to NEVER consider the concept of equality or inequality. That is totally irrelevant. We are only interested in the levels of freedom – and consequential equal opportunity and removal of poverty.
In brief, I have no intention of reading up or listening to the views of our socialist journalists, particularly if they make a song and dance about "inequality". These fat cats have prospered (just like the corrupt business houses have) in the corrupt socialist governance model of India. Of course they'll talk about inequality, for it suits their political masters, and keeps them in a job – by confusing the "educated" readers of India.