3rd July 2011
First step in removal of corruption: State funding of elections
Indians don't read books. BFN has been sitting out there in the open (fully downloadable, for free) in addition to the approximately 1000 hard copies sold and found in many libraries in India and the West. Approximately 20,000 copies have been downloaded so far, and at least 60,000 people have heard about this book, but I don't know how many have cared to read the book.
Also, while I have re-published my articles on corruption that I wrote for Freedom First in the last few years on this blog, I'm not sure if many people have the capacity to read and understand blogs.
It appears to me, from what has been going on, that Indians can only understand ONE thing at a time. They can't understand complexity and inter-relationships. Therefore, meaningless things the Lokpal Bill excite them (they even threaten to fast to death) despite it being guaranteed to have ZERO impact on corruption without the other underlying reforms needed to address the CAUSES of corruption.
But Indians can't understand anything as complex as "causes" of corruption. Their mind gets lost when faced with complexity. They are likely to babble and utter inanities that display their totally confused thinking. Utter confusion is displayed in the writings of most of our top journalists, academics, and of course this useless incompetent man MMS who currently runs India, who says:
Black money exists, but if you look at all European countries also the average amount of black money which is talked about is at least 25 per cent of the economies of a large number of European countries.
These are transactions that are not taxed and intended to avoid social security payments. But this is a reality. We can deal with corruption, we can deal with black money but quite frankly it is wrong for anyone to assume there is a magic wand which will lead to an instant solution of these difficult societal problems. [Source]
or the fool Digvijay Singh who believes this:
1. Aren't there poor people in London?
2. It's just over six decades that India has been Independent.
3. India has too many people we need to control the population. [Source]
Given this inability to think among so-called "educated" Indians, I'm decided to promote just ONE (state funding of elections) out of the many vital parts of the overall reform package that I have outlined in BFN.
Let this become the MAIN plank of reform. Then hopefully people will read about and understand the other reforms that are needed.
This reform, that I'm now proposing is the first step is merely one part of the overall reform package towards change. State funding of elections – by itself – will only reduce corruption and incompetence by a small amount, say 25 per cent.
However, compared with Lokpal, which will reduce corruption by ZERO, that's a big thing! Indeed, through state funding of elections, even the Lokpal will start making a difference. Without it, there is simply no hope.
Note (once again – provided you have the mental ability and patience to understand such complexity) that a total of at least 50 different reforms are needed if India is to totally eradicate corruption and misgovernance. But since our "educated" classes can't understand 50 things, I'm just offering them one thing.
I hate being a one trick pony, but if at all any "trick" has to be promoted, it is this: state funding of elections.
And so let me suggest this to IAC (assuming that the socialists who constitute this organisation can understand anything that is even slightly complex) – that once their hoopla about Lokpal is over – could they just ask for ONE thing: State funding of elections (in the manner proposed in BFN).
Why is this such an important first step?
I've written extensively on this subject elsewhere and so won't repeat the argument here. Please do take the time to read the details in BFN, for instance (particularly chapters 4 and 6). State funding of elections – in the manner proposed in BFN – WILL start the ball rolling towards better policies and reduced corruption. Lokpal won't. It can't change anything on the ground.
For a summary of more details please also read this blog post.
Sorry to sound a bit irritated, but I am. I'm very disappointed at the EXTREMELY LOW quality of thinking exhibited by "educated" Indians. If our "leaders" can't think clearly then how can the "masses" think straight?
If you are able to look below this irritation and use this blog post as a challenge to begin reading about and understanding the details of good policy making I will be most grateful and pleased.