Adults, more than children, play this game – they convince themselves that shutting their eyes to incidents means that they aren’t really occurring. So when Churumuri asks, in connection with the criminalization of politics, if “the people’s court stand[s] above the law court”, the assumption is that the “Rule of Law” exists in India and that it is somehow different from mob justice. But these assumptions are hardly based on facts. After all, in India, “Law” is what people say it is, and has nothing to do with Natural Justice. That is the essence of democracy – majoritarianism.
The other day, on a television news program, Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari cracked a joke. When someone from the Hindu right wing raised the issue of minority appeasement, he said that the test of a democracy lies in how well it treats its minorities. So there is nothing wrong in appeasing them, “bringing them into the mainstream.” The assumption here is that a “minority” always refers to some group, mostly religious, and as far as the Congress is concerned, always Muslims. Since political correctness in India has not descended to the ridiculous depths seen in British society, he can conveniently ignore homosexuals when referring to minorities, have laws on the books designed to persecute them, and then claim that democracy has to pass a “minority test”. And because of his party’s socialist ideology, he can simply brush away the entity Ayn Rand referred to as “the smallest minority on earth” – the individual.
wgreen compares the increasing State control over the US economy to Marx’s Communist Manifesto. He sees the parallels. So do most of us who are not wearing socialist blinkers and, who are not blinded by Obama-love. But while the US may not turn into the USSR the day-after-tomorrow, the fact that the US parliament and its president are pissing all over their constitution is lost on a majority of the people. Some people are starting to see it, but its too little, and too late. Lest this be construed as a specific attack on Obama, the same was true of his predecessor Bush, and the gold robber Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
But then, “Eyes Wide Shut” is a temporary cure for cognitive dissonance.