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    Default More people have cellphones than toilets in India.

    Op-Ed Columnist - Toilets and Cellphones - NYTimes.com

    In the United States, the rapid growth of the Tea Party movement represents what Lilla calls a “populist insurgency” against government and regulations in virtually all forms. It’s the “politics of the libertarian mob.”

    Yet this mob is driven in large part by fury over a financial implosion whose root lay in a murky universe of collateralized debt obligations and credit default swaps that escaped all government control — and served in the end as a reminder that some problems are so big they do demand a collective response.

    This is the schizophrenia I alluded to above: I want my freedom undiluted, and unhitched to responsibility, up and until the moment I need Big Brother to rescue me.

    We have entered what Tony Judt has called “an age of insecurity.” By any measure, at least in the West, we are living a crisis of the market economy, or at least of the pure market-driven individualism (with the spiraling debt that accompanied it) that predominated in the first two decades of the post-Cold-War period. The binge has reached its limit and the tabs are in.

    But some new balance between state and market, one that provides toilets as well as cellphones, awaits definition. Dignity should not be incompatible with opportunity. We don’t need to look too far back in time to see the violent consequences of financial collapse and social disaggregation. The Garbo retreat is not an answer. Private networks alone cannot salvage the commonwealth.
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    The idea of Indians finding the "mental" world more important than the "physical" is fascinating. Like sci-fi transferrance into data is imminent...
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    I guess this is when "the shit hits the phone"
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    I still don't own a cellphone and I don't plan on getting one any time soon either.
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    I hate cell phones, txt messaging and email.

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    Wow, that is completely and totally incoherent. Doesn't this guy know that libertarians and Tea Partiers were AGAINST the bailouts? And that the financial markets that collapsed were anything but "deregulated?" Like the toilets he loves, this guy is full of shit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Wow, that is completely and totally incoherent. Doesn't this guy know that libertarians and Tea Partiers were AGAINST the bailouts? And that the financial markets that collapsed were anything but "deregulated?" Like the toilets he loves, this guy is full of shit.
    Its not the point of the article. This is not a factual article, this article meant to demonize the Tea Party in order to attach a stigma to it.

    Also I am guessing that he forgot that a toliets require a sewage system (a very large one considering that they have a billion people or more), while cell phones only require a wave tower or satellite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasting_Pain View Post
    Also I am guessing that he forgot that a toliets require a sewage system (a very large one considering that they have a billion people or more), while cell phones only require a wave tower or satellite.
    Or they could have a septic tank. Then again, I'm guessing installing a septic tank would be more expensive than buying a cell phone plan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasting_Pain View Post
    Its not the point of the article. This is not a factual article, this article meant to demonize the Tea Party in order to attach a stigma to it.
    And that didn't work. Frankly, it didn't even make sense.


    Also I am guessing that he forgot that a toliets require a sewage system (a very large one considering that they have a billion people or more), while cell phones only require a wave tower or satellite.
    He clearly hates modernity, and the fact that people in a country poorer than ours have voted with their wallets. Never mind that India has THE biggest civil service bureaucracy in the world. . . Seriously, they must let ANYONE write for The Times now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Or they could have a septic tank. Then again, I'm guessing installing a septic tank would be more expensive than buying a cell phone plan.
    Curious, how much stuff does a septic tank hold.

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