Notes from Charlie Munger’s 2007 Commencement Speech at USC Law

Charlie Munger said, "Safest way to get what you want is to deserve what you want. Deliver to the world what you would buy if you were on the other end" in a commencement address to the USC Law School in 2007. A copy of full transcript is here. The "Cliff notes" of that speech … Continue reading Notes from Charlie Munger’s 2007 Commencement Speech at USC Law

Advani’s Address to FICCI

Mr L K Advani, the leader of the opposition in the lower house of the parliament (Lok Sabha), addressed the 80th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of the Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on 15 February 2008. Here are some excerpts: I can, in all humility, claim that ours … Continue reading Advani’s Address to FICCI

Fake PM’s Speech – Part Punch

Of Economic Freedom and Bondage This is the concluding part of my re-write of PM Dr Manmohan Singh's speech to the CII. (Previous part on Social Contracts here.) The PM in his speech had quoted from Tagore's Gitanjali. I suppose the irony of quoting Tagore in the context of the government's sustained effort to divide … Continue reading Fake PM’s Speech – Part Punch

Fake PM’s Speech – Part Chor

Social Contracts I have a strong aversion to sanctimonious hypocritical idiotic talk (just to spell it out) but it happens, as they say. Perhaps it doesn't just happen, it is demanded. A sort of reverse Says' law, "demand creating supply." If not actually demanding it, sufficient people are not disgusted by it that the supply … Continue reading Fake PM’s Speech – Part Chor

Fake PM’s Speech – Part Yuck

Division of Labor The "fake"qualifies the "speech" and not the PM, I hasten to add lest there be any misunderstanding. You must have come across the much celebrated speech that appointed Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh gave the other day at a CII conference. I read it with rising disappointment and dismay. Smeared with high-sounding … Continue reading Fake PM’s Speech – Part Yuck