Category Archives: 4-Culture & society

Clash of cultures, immigration, religion, immigration, Islam, racism, Zeitgeist, conspiracy theories

Declaring war on stupid

2015-08-29 Mark Twain

Reading with my coffee in the morning, within twenty minutes, I was confronted with a week’s worth of stupidity. I couldn’t help noticing a system in their nature.
Before I share them with you, let me give you my definition of what ‘stupid’ is – or to be more precise, what ‘stupid’ means to me.

Stupid

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State – Society – Individual

2015-06-25-c

I came across this Facebook post a few days ago. Since that post, the conversations about the same and similar subjects became even more pronounced.

Marco’s post asked two basic questions:

  • What should be the proper relationship between our political and personal/moral/social views?
    and
  • What should be the party’s position about people (especially candidates) expressing those views and using the party as a public platform to advocate them?

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The only good Muslim is a BAD Muslim

2015-06-17-good muslims

This post was prompted by comments made to one of my previous ones:

“Dude if you make a title that includes the words “the Muslims” as a group, you immediately set off the asshole detector.
Are you a libertarian?
Try thinking about people as individuals.”

I am not going to argue his assessment here, but I will try to answer the question that is lurking behind it: what does it mean to be a Muslim in the Western world? Continue reading →

The enemy of the good

2013-12-22 enemy of the good

My former TL at Microsoft, a very personable guy from New Delhi, while we were already working for another company changed his tag line on his IM account to read: “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

It described his attitude perfectly. Solving problems by working around or ignoring them, declaring them ‘out of scope’ when it was possible to get away with it. I did not like it. Neither the statement, nor the attitude behind it.
Mine would be: if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well.
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India: the good, the bad and the puzzling

2013-12-15 cultural comfort zone

After our first trip to India I wrote down my questions and thoughts in a post I titled “Liberty for all?” A friend with a more positive view of the place thought that my criticism was a little too harsh.
My views about India did not change fundamentally, I still think that they are not ready for ideologies requiring a high degree of individualism (such as libertarianism) but I am not as sure as I was after our first visit. India tends to bring out strong reactions from people. I know some who hated it, many who would never return. We’ve been there three times.
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Our cultural comfort zone

2013-12-08 comfort zone

This is not a travel blog; it is about liberty therefore I will not bore you with too much detail about our trip which was, by the way, quite fascinating. We did not go this deep into the Hindu culture in our previous trips.

It started with the flight. We were flying with Saudia, changing plane in Jeddah. Both on the flight from Toronto then back from Jeddah we were the only two white people on the fully loaded plane of about 500 people.

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