I have repeatedly pointed out that many Indian “liberals” (think tanks/ bogus “academics”) have been severely misguided by the likes of Mises and Hayek (who – apparently – focused only the “climate of opinion”).
Joyson Fernandes thinks that Mises and Hayek are an excuse and that these people are satisfied with their life and have no reason to do anything much about it. He compares them to the socialists and finds them totally wanting.
One thing I’ve noticed! Say whatever you may about Indian socialists, these people have fire in their belly. They know that politics is essential to implement their ideas. They don’t waste time with idle preaching. They take active part in the political process and are driven to succeed and implement their agenda.
Whether they are the communists or Hindutva people or even one-man parties like Kejriwal! You may say that he is just power-hungry, but still he realized that he couldn’t avoid politics and did all he could to win Delhi. I know very well the kind of struggle he underwent and efforts they put in to gain the throne, since I was following his movement from the moment he declared political ambitions. Until then I had completely ignored the histrionic farce of the Anna agitation. It’s only when he took the plunge into politics I began paying attention.
Most Indian liberals, on the other hand, are infected with that anarchist bug. They are “holier-than-thou”. They consider themselves beyond the dirty much of politics, and as being too smart for the “stupid” masses to understand their message. They don’t have any passion for fixing things and defending their freedoms. Instead, they are lazy and fatalistic.
They will never engage in politics, and have no shortage of excuses for doing so. Mises and Hayek are just excuses. That’s not their real reason. The truth is that the Indian middle-class in general are more or less content with the way things are, and don’t feel it worth their time to step up and attempt to change things.
We both as expatriates might find the average living conditions, the gross poverty, and injustices rampant in India as intolerable. To the majority of Indians, it is not a big deal. They say to themselves that this is how things will always be. Chalta hain!
MY FURTHER COMMENT
At one time there was an excuse in India that all history and political books taught in universities were heavily skewed towards socialism. The socialists have mastered the art of propaganda and censorship of alternate views.
But since the advent of the internet, that excuse no longer remains.
I started the India Policy Institute and published valuable information on the internet from the year 1998. At any given time there used to be over 500 active members on my india_policy mailing list. At around the same time a number of institutes in the USA went online, as well, and started posting material on the internet. So at least since late 1990s there has been no excuse for Indians to say that they have not come across the idea of liberty.
And yet THEY WILL NEVER LIFT EVEN A FINGER TO FIGHT FOR THEIR LIBERTY.
Two decades later, the situation remains practically the same.
Half-baked “liberals” have taken on the useless “anarcho-capitalists” and other such streams of thought (e.g. Objectivism) which have NOTHING to do with the real world.
Something cultural is clearly going on here (to that extent Bhandari is right).
There are three stages involved in the fight for liberty:
Stage 1: Awareness that it is important and that one is being oppressed by society and government
Stage 2: Self-defence, which involves change.org petitions and Open Letters to the Prime Minister
Stage 3: Self-protection, which is a political FIGHT and does not give any quarter. It is not just defensive, it is aggressive. When you protect yourself from ants, you don’t just kill each ant that comes your way. You actively pour killer chemicals all around your house.
The sad situation is that Indian “liberals” are almost entirely at Stage 1. They conveniently use Rand, Hayek and Mises as justification to remain at Stage 1.
SHAME ON THESE UTTERLY USELESS “LIBERALS”. THEY HAVE NO BUSINESS TO CALL THEMSELVES LIBERALS (OR “LIBERTARIANS”, WHATEVER).