Thinks 28

A Mint series on 30 years of India’s reforms.

Ideology Isn’t About Ideas: Michael Huemer. “What I mean is that (a) the reasons people choose an ideology are extraneous to the intellectual characteristics of the ideology (the arguments, the evidence, the explanatory virtues) and more to do with arbitrary extrinsic characteristics, like who else holds that ideology, or what vague emotional associations it carries, and (b) most people don’t take the contents of their ideology all that seriously — they don’t actually use it to understand the real world. It’s mostly something to say, and to berate other people for not saying. They use ideological debate as a proxy for tribal contests. They don’t support group G because of idea X; they support X because it’s the idea associated with G.”

Jim Collins: “Lead with questions, not answers. Leading from good to great does not mean coming up with the answers and then motivating everyone to follow your messianic vision. It means having the humility to grasp the fact that you do not yet understand enough to have the answers and then to ask the questions that will lead to the best possible insights.”

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