2006-05-13

On Liberty

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill has been a major influence in my life. A book of about 100 pages but a very difficult read. Mill's message is simple - the individual and his liberty are absolute and unquestionable. Of course, a person's liberty ends where someone else's starts.

Capitalism and Democracy, as proclaimed by Fukuyama in his influential book, The End of History and the last man, in conjuction with individualism make the highest form of social evolution.

However, capitalism and democracy do not regard individualism. Capitalism is a non-starter but for collaboration and democracy disregards any form of individualism. Right to Franchise is about individualism but it can hardly influence the way we can elect our representatives. So much for individualism as the third dimension of the new society.

In a society driven by capitalism, supported by globalization and information revolution, I am not sure if individualism will thrive or die.

10 comments:

Sumit said...

The funny thing is individualists don't care much about the sustenance of their creed... it would be a paradox if they did. Roark's ilk is sure going to last though.

Liked the breadth of topics in your blog...

yashovardhan gupta said...

your posts are always a pleasure to read...

your write-up on Networking, was the best and most factual I have ever com across on the subject.

- a fellow isbian, your junior really

Harikesh said...

That our right to franchise and its results no more affets how the capitlistically driven democratic Indian economy functions is just another proof of this.

Anonymous said...

As always its a pleasure to read.

Kudos on your Blog ranking!

- Pani

jasmine said...

Hey Vijay....i have a phone interview coming up fm one of the b-schools and wld like to know if u cld share any informative websites or links to read..? possibly where they cld have sample answers as well to the Q :)

thanks

itheabsolute said...

sumit

thanks for reading and the comments.

cheers

itheabsolute said...

yashovardhan

thanks.

good luck for your stay at ISB

cheers

itheabsolute said...

hari

hmmm....


how iz life....

itheabsolute said...

pani

how have u been.

thanks for being a constant support on the blog

cheers

itheabsolute said...

jasmine

the following websites should give u good idea

clearadmit.com and accepted.com. accepted lines up interviews with many b-school admission directors. also, many students leave their interview experiences on that website

businessweek.u can subscribe to premium content by paying about USD 25, which will give u a lot of info about b-school interviews.

of course the blogs of fellow applicants ........

hope these would help

good luck for your interview

cheers

2006-05-13

On Liberty

On Liberty by John Stuart Mill has been a major influence in my life. A book of about 100 pages but a very difficult read. Mill's message is simple - the individual and his liberty are absolute and unquestionable. Of course, a person's liberty ends where someone else's starts.

Capitalism and Democracy, as proclaimed by Fukuyama in his influential book, The End of History and the last man, in conjuction with individualism make the highest form of social evolution.

However, capitalism and democracy do not regard individualism. Capitalism is a non-starter but for collaboration and democracy disregards any form of individualism. Right to Franchise is about individualism but it can hardly influence the way we can elect our representatives. So much for individualism as the third dimension of the new society.

In a society driven by capitalism, supported by globalization and information revolution, I am not sure if individualism will thrive or die.

10 comments:

Sumit said...

The funny thing is individualists don't care much about the sustenance of their creed... it would be a paradox if they did. Roark's ilk is sure going to last though.

Liked the breadth of topics in your blog...

yashovardhan gupta said...

your posts are always a pleasure to read...

your write-up on Networking, was the best and most factual I have ever com across on the subject.

- a fellow isbian, your junior really

Harikesh said...

That our right to franchise and its results no more affets how the capitlistically driven democratic Indian economy functions is just another proof of this.

Anonymous said...

As always its a pleasure to read.

Kudos on your Blog ranking!

- Pani

jasmine said...

Hey Vijay....i have a phone interview coming up fm one of the b-schools and wld like to know if u cld share any informative websites or links to read..? possibly where they cld have sample answers as well to the Q :)

thanks

itheabsolute said...

sumit

thanks for reading and the comments.

cheers

itheabsolute said...

yashovardhan

thanks.

good luck for your stay at ISB

cheers

itheabsolute said...

hari

hmmm....


how iz life....

itheabsolute said...

pani

how have u been.

thanks for being a constant support on the blog

cheers

itheabsolute said...

jasmine

the following websites should give u good idea

clearadmit.com and accepted.com. accepted lines up interviews with many b-school admission directors. also, many students leave their interview experiences on that website

businessweek.u can subscribe to premium content by paying about USD 25, which will give u a lot of info about b-school interviews.

of course the blogs of fellow applicants ........

hope these would help

good luck for your interview

cheers