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Sparta is winning, Athens is losing. Again.

In International Geo-Politics, Politics, Society on July 2, 2010 at 00:11

I wonder if in a 1000 years, USA will be seen in the same light as ancient Sparta is today – an aggressive, militarist state.

As the only state amongst its contemporaries where the politics and economy were so influenced by the armed forces, the gun lobby/NRA and the military-industrial complex.

A state remembered  more for its destruction of Communism as a politico-military force and the wars it waged against violent Islamists, than for its accomplishments in advancement of technology, arts & culture.

No, I do not intend to imply that Communism at its peak was akin to the greatness of Athens, nor am I comparing the Islamists to ancient Persians.

What I’m saying that the USA, with its vast entrepreneurial energies, its massive natural & human resources and its long lasting peace on the homeland could have easily surpassed ancient Athens as a symbol of advancement of civilisation. Instead, ever so often, it shows its ugly side which is more Sparta than Athens. And lately, Sparta seems to be winning over Athens.

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am i old?

In Ideas, Society, Youth on May 22, 2007 at 23:53

While reading the latest issue of BT, I realised that I still can’t think up a web biz! I’m just not comfortable with the idea of a web-only business in the Indian context. For me, with India as the market, the web is still just an enabler. But media coverage, like that in the current issue of BT and the plethora of startup advertisements all around, tell me that one of the following has to be true:

Either I’m past my age, too outta touch with the grassroots element to recognise the future even when it dances all around me.

Or maybe, its the easy money fueled webomania (ok web 2.0 mania) all over again.

Lets see what it turns out to be :/