The Peter Principle in Action

Almost half a century ago, in 1969, Laurence Peter published what's known as the Peter Principle. The principle, originally formulated to explain the dynamics of hierarchical organizations such as firms, is applicable broadly across many domains, including governance. The principle notes that people tend to get promoted till they reach a level which they are … Continue reading The Peter Principle in Action

India’s Enemy, the State

I have consistently argued for years that the greatest enemy of the Indian people is the government of India. India doesn't have to be pathetically poor. But the government makes sure that Indians remain poor by preventing them from creating wealth. It's a toxic mixture of idiocy, greed, and stupidity of the politicians and their bureaucratic … Continue reading India’s Enemy, the State

Victor Davis Hanson — Why World War 2 Matters

I had not known that Americans call it "World War 2" while the British call it the "Second World War." That I learned from a public lecture Victor Davis Hanson gave at the Hillsdale College History Department. He is a Senior Fellow in Residence in Classics and Military History at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a … Continue reading Victor Davis Hanson — Why World War 2 Matters

Prospects for Indian Development Models – Part 2

Vocabulary All revolutions begin in dictionaries.[1] I think that all confused thinking begins with an improper understanding of words -- and often ends in needless man-made misery. To think and discourse effectively, we must define precisely the words we use. In the context of economics, words like "capitalism" have been misused and the concepts abused … Continue reading Prospects for Indian Development Models – Part 2

Alan Watts and South Park

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973) was a great entertainer. A "philosophical entertainer" with the emphasis on the entertainer bit. Fortunately for us, his talks are available on YouTube. He was a fascinating person, as you can gather from the wiki page on him (linked above). My interpretation of Vedanta, Zen and Buddhism matches perfectly with … Continue reading Alan Watts and South Park