It’s hard to say that you failed because you do the right thing. The right thing are things that lead to successful outcome.
Say someone put gun on your head. Say you know that you can kill him because you have a secret pen gun on your wallet. Yet you didn’t kill that robber. You can’t say you get robbed because you did the right thing. Not killing the robber is the wrong thing.
The same way if your country is unfair, you always have choice. You can leave the country, or you can join the corrupt ranks of the tyrant cronies. Either case you have a choice. We can explain to the mass that too much deviation from meritocratic free market rules is just going to mess us up.
We can tolerate some deviation. However, to a certain extend, once it goes to far, we should consider simply leaving to a more just country or simply take advantage of all the injustice the bad rules do.
Evil are often a necessary counter against another evil. Fairness are simply the right balance between those evil. We humans are the smartest species on this planet. There is nothing smarter beside us, except probably God that most likely will not interfere.
No body can fuck us up unless we first fuck our self up. – Sun Tzu (not exact quotation)
Perhaps the irony of all these greedy selfishness is that quite often the world become a better place not due to morale, but due to greedy selfish capitalistic bastards.
The most productive way to pursue wealth is through capitalism. Now all capitalists in the world will want ALL countries to be richer because the more countries are richer, the more choice all capitalists have.
When that work, wouldn’t that be a victory for freedom and capitalism over all others.
Remember, concentrate on what we want and what we can do and we’ll end up achieving much more.
Would people in middle east kill each other if they think that all these land are just another form of money? If money buys anything governments tell us not to buy, will there be war?
There goes the most libertarian Indonesian President I admired the most.
While Gus Dur became president, he did a lot to eliminate lies and prejudice in societies. He improved relationship between oppressed Chinese minority and the rest of the Indonesians.
Just a few years after big riots against Chinese ethnic in 1998, Chinese new year become Indonesian’s holiday. Corrupt officials and bigots then ran out of scape goat to explain away Indonesian’s lack of wealth. Economy is improving.
Gus Dur was brought down on trumped up charge by the legislative assembly. Knowing how popular he is, Gus is prevented from being president.
Gus Dur names do not show up on the ballot on Indonesian last 2 elections. The justification was because he’s deemed incapable. That is despite the fact that he is the most capable choice and have shown his capability by leading the country well into freedom and prosperity when he reigned.
Even if he isn’t, why not let the people decide? Isn’t that the whole point of democracy? To let the people decide rather than having choices taken from them? It’s amazing how bigots would take away our best choices under pretext that the choice is too bad.
In addition, his party, which was popular only because of him, is hijacked. That way, people cannot undo legislative’s decision by voting for his party. Gus asked his followers not to vote for his party and number of votes for his party drops significantly, clearly pointing out that he should have remained the leader of the party.
Many still hope that he could become president again. Now that option disappear.
Current president, SBY, is not too bad because he too support free market capitalism and so is his next competitor, JK. They also support globalization, which will enforce freedom and meritocracy to any countries that want to remain competitive. Yet, they did much less than Gus to promote freedom to individuals.
“Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither” – Benjamin Franklin