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I’m afraid North Korea has won the game of nuclear deterrence. It is time for detente to encourage it to become an open economy.

My FB post:

THE LOGIC OF NUCLEAR DETERRENCE IS IN FAVOUR OF THE ROCKET MAN. TRUMP NEEDS TO ACCEPT THE FACTS OF LIFE AND MOVE ON.

This is now about identifying the least harmful option.

Question 1: If USA does nothing, then what is the probability that NK will unilaterally use its nukes against other countries in the next 40 years?

Question 2: If NK uses its nukes, what is the estimated average loss of life in USA/South Korea/ Japan, etc.

The multiplication of these two numbers will give us the expected cost of doing nothing.

This cost then needs to be weighed against the definite loss of life if US nukes NK today.

Immediate nuking would be good if it can be proven that doing so would prevent a guaranteed and greater loss of life in the future (subject to appropriate discounting).

My guess is that NK will almost never use its nukes against other countries – since it knows that it will be immediately wiped out. If so, things should be allowed to drift as they are.

A long term nuclearised NK is therefore preferable to unilateral nuking of NK by USA.

It is time to accept NK as a nuclear power and invite the Rocket Man to USA to promote detente. Let USA influence NK into becoming an open economy.

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Time to move content to the blockchain. Facebook and Google have become big cyber-bullies.

I’ve spent well over $3,000 (nearly $5K, I think) on FB advertising over the years. Despite that Facebook locked out my account for no rhyme or reason (apparently I violated some “community policy” )(no detail whatsoever was provided). It also meant that all the FB pages I run got locked out. It was later re-instated. As a precaution I’ve given admin access to a number of other friends to my pages, in case this happens again.

Later, in a separate incident, they locked down one of my advertising accounts – without any reason. And upon complaining repeatedly, they have not responded. I’ve drastically cut down advertisements on FB as a result. I don’t trust it any more.

A few months ago Youtube (owned by Google) created a nuisance for a perfectly legitimate SBP video. It forced monetisation of the party video (these videos are NOT monetised) by some random entity claiming copyright ownership over the song “saara jahaan se accha”. It is simply not possible – time wise – to litigate the issue, so we now have the situation where a party video is being monetised by someone somewhere in the world.

Just yesterday I was forced by Google to take down a blog post of mine from my own blog apparently for violation of its “violence” depiction policy. I republished that post on my Steemit account (I’m giving its bitly link for obvious reasons: http://bit.ly/2inYMRE).

Now I hear that blogspot (owned by google) has shut down a blog maintained by an academic (see this).

It is clear that Facebook and Google are getting too big for their shoes. They are becoming cyber-bullies. No less.

It is time to start looking for blockchain solutions to upload and monetise one’s content.

BLOCKCHAIN WILL BE THE LIFELINE OF FREEDOM IN THE COMING CENTURIES. Steemit, Lbry, etc. – there are many others – are creating decentralised blockchain based social networks that NO ONE (ever) CAN SHUT DOWN.

It is essential that ALL speech (except direct incitement to violence) be allowed full play, unhindered. That is the only way the truth will progress.

Yes, Facebook and Google are private companies and I defend their right to censor content. But the way they are doing it is baseless, whimsical, counter-productive. They have become bullies.

Do they think they have the power to shut down the truth?? They are mistaken.

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Thatcher REJECTED OUTRIGHT Hayek’s key advice that his Indian “followers” take pride in following

Continuing my critique of Hayek’s advice and how it has ruined India.

Thatcher once wrote that “the most powerful critique of socialist planning and the socialist state which I read at this time [the late 1940s], and to which I have returned so often since [is] F.A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom.” [Source]

Thatcher also apparently met Hayek. Hayek chiefly advised the government through his letters but also privately met Thatcher at times:

Letters to The Times played a large part in his modus operandi, partly through frustrated affection for the paper in the age of print union hegemony – his letters of complaint to the subscription department are heartrending – but also because he sought to influence debate as a private citizen, modestly writing from home, rather than as a supposed economic adviser with privileged knowledge whose words would be taken as evidence of Conservative intentions. Such circumspection and good manners only increased the high regard in which he was held by MT, who quickly and comfortably fell into the habit of meeting him one-to-one, trusting to his discretion. [Source]

Which is all good.

But the KEY points is that Thatcher obviously rejected any implication from Hayek (that a lot of useless Indian liberals make) that the real work lies in writing books (or running think tanks). She clearly did not read only Hayek, and was a person with a deep personality and character of her own. She was into politics from the age of 25 and never looked back. Never once did she think that writing books and setting up think tanks had anything to do with advancing liberty.

Hayek, to me, is merely one of HUNDREDS of thinkers who have influenced me. None of the decisions I make with my life are attributable to any single thinker, and the ideas I have formed are essentially mine. My comprehensive rejection of any suggestion that one must influence “intellectuals” is based on observing the history of the world from times immemorial.

In all cases, it was not books but ideas that took the world forward. And ideas such as the idea of liberty are ancient ideas, definitely not the copyright of any single writer. Some people (like Locke and Macaulay) had the gift of both writing and taking the idea forward. Others merely wrote about it. But the world was actually changed ONLY by those who took the idea directly into the arena of politics.

Best is to be a Locke and Macaulay (i.e. both write and act). Second best is to act. Third best (better than doing nothing) is to write or set up a think tank.

The results of think tanks are pathetic beyond belief. After more than 20 years of running Liberty Institute and nearly 20 years of running CCS, these people have not yet generated one student leader in Delhi who will fight for liberty, leave alone a national leader.

Remember, the idea of liberty is not hard to understand. What is hard is to implement it. And that’s why I condemn the few liberal of India who are twiddling their thumbs when India is burning.

ADDENDUM

Hayek’s Indian followers want to be the Krishna that advised Arjuna. Not good enough.

 

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Mises and Hayek are only an excuse that Indian liberals make. They are basically spineless fatalists.

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.

Joyson’s comment:

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).

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