I, The Absolute

On Liberty

Posted by itheabsolute on May 13, 2006

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 Responses to “On Liberty”

  1. 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

  2. pani

    how have u been.

    thanks for being a constant support on the blog

    cheers

  3. hari

    hmmm….

    how iz life….

  4. yashovardhan

    thanks.

    good luck for your stay at ISB

    cheers

  5. sumit

    thanks for reading and the comments.

    cheers

  6. 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

  7. Anonymous said

    As always its a pleasure to read.

    Kudos on your Blog ranking!

    – Pani

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. 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…

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