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Unmasking – Part 2

By Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog From time to time, certain self-promoting “brainy” people come up with complicated theories about how the world should be organized and run. One imagines that such people dislike doing real work for a living – and grandiose theorizing proves to be an irresistibly tempting gig, with many perks. Such a theory gets labelled as “something-ism”, such as “liberalism”, “monetarism”, “capitalism”, “Marxism”, “socialism” and

Unmasking – Part 1

By Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog [Important note: The following discussion is based only on the meaning of the two words “liberal” and “conservative”. The author has no relationship whatsoever with any political party, think tank, movement or publication anywhere in the world which may have one of these words in its names.] The word “liberal” seems to hypnotize many people, who seem to mistake it as a synonym

Some thoughts on sustainable understanding

By Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog Recently, in a comment on this site, Amarynth wrote, “There is no deep understanding. What there is, is not sustainable.” Amarynth was referring to people who profess understanding of Russia’s cause in the ongoing conflict, but who do not have sound understanding of the basic issues at stake. Use of the word “sustainable” in conjunction with “understanding” got this author thinking. Do we

Of skirmishes, wars and parasites

By Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog It is extremely difficult to relate general statements about human nature to very specific present-day situations. If one is close to the scene, he may miss the forest for the trees; from a distance, he may miss both. Fortunately, Saker does not object to forays into treacherous terrain! In that spirit, we start with a list of ten fairly simple words, referring to

Excuse me, Sir, but are you civilized?

by Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog Washington Post recently ran an article with headline which contained the two phrases “civilized nations” and “deter Beijing and Moscow” (see a review here). Use of the latter phrase in the headline shows clearly that the phrase “civilized nations” here has undisguised, in-your-face geopolitical motivation. But “civilized” and “deter” is in fact a very strange combination of words, tempting and encouraging us to

What’s in a mere premise?

by Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog Almost every adult believes that he or she is rational, because he or she can easily cite many simple but important examples of personal rational behaviour in daily life. Selecting one from several packs of cereal in a store, for example, or making sure that a child is properly dressed and equipped to go to school. Any civilized society in the world rests

An Indictment

by Naresh Jotwani for the Saker Blog Fair warning: This is an indictment of so-called ‘economists’ of the modern world, many of whom often behave like a pestilence in human form. As we all know, the original Greek word for ‘economics’ meant ‘managing the home’ or, almost equivalently, ‘the skill of managing the home’. ‘Economists’ today presume to advise countries — and sometimes even the world at large! — about

A true intelligence assessment, for once!

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog On this amazingly beautiful planet, a certain prominent society has been exhibiting rather strange behaviour in recent decades. Surprisingly, it is the ‘high IQ’ people of this society – its presumed ‘thought-leaders’ – who show the strangest patterns of behaviour. The ‘high IQ’ strange patterns of behaviour may be categorized roughly as follows: (1) Many ‘high IQ’ people (HIQP, for short), have decided

Globalization – A sneaky overview

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog Consider the hypothetical case of an economy with annual GDP of 5 trillion US dollars, the broad economic dynamics of which are the subject matter of this exploration. The hypothetical country whose economy we analyse here is named AB, because its internal economy is composed of two distinct components A and B. The total population of AB is 100 million, but only about

To rob or not to rob?

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog I have tried this simple “parlour game” a few times in India. Pass a blank slip of paper to every person present in a group. Request each person to answer the following question anonymously on the slip provided. An old, richly bejeweled lady is passing along a dimly-lit and lonely lane at night. A lone robber robbing all her jewellery would certainly not

Mapping the Global Divide

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog What exactly does “the resistance” resist? What should “the resistance” resist? Clearly, the target of any resistance has to be some form of unethical behaviour. Only that can justify – and indeed call for! – resistance. So what is the underlying ethic? The following is an attempt to uncover a possible answer. *** Imagine a transaction between a farmer and a trader of

ABC of Modern Empire

by Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog This post attempts to dig a little deeper into the dynamics of ‘the empire’ and ‘the resistance’. In particular, we examine the specific psychological drives at work. Surely the Saker community understands these issues very well, but another honest perspective can still add value. Then there is the somewhat distracting effect of naming specific individuals or groups, when our interest is in specific

Gutless Wonders

by Dr. Naresh Jotwani for The Saker Blog The English word ‘gut’ is rich in its range of meanings. In Biology, ‘gut’ means ‘intestine’ – as in ‘gut bacteria’ or ‘gutting a fish’; this meaning extends to the racquet strings used in sports such as tennis and badminton. In common usage, ‘guts’ refers to ‘courage’, as in ‘having the guts to take on the huge challenge of _______’ (fill in

What is freedom?

by Naresh Jotwani Not many will dispute that ‘freedom’ is one of the more popular words in English language today — in spite of the fact that, as we shall see, this word does not even have a well-defined meaning. Despite lacking a clear meaning, the idea of ‘freedom’ is much loved the world over. Would any human being ever choose ‘not being free’ over ‘being free’? That is unimaginable.