Laziness, Babu, Goddamn Economists and Nido

The biggest fallacy in Economics that has been gulped up by many a nidoers is this:

Poor people are lazy, dumb, and less productive. Hence they deserve to be poor and can only blame themselves for the situation they’re in. We, on the other hand, are smart, hardworking, efficient, and well educated. Hence we deserve to be rich.

We have all heard many a nidoers use this ridiculous line before. I have great English, I am very well educated, I am hardworking, and hence I deserve all the money that I get. In fact I probably deserve more money. Poor people on the other hand have pitiful English, most likely haven’t even finished school, they are goddamn lazy, they demand too much, and hence deserve zilch.

Let’s take this argument point by point, Mr. Nidoer. First education. Good old nido went to a private school, probably the best there is in the country. How did he get in? Well, Daddy’s money to be sure. He got the best teachers, the best facilities, and the best (American) text books there are. Heck, he even had a nice shiny Mercedes driven by his private chauffeur that drops him right at the front door. No spending was spared on the coolest and latest fashion attire, school bags, shoes, and pencil cases.

Good old nido gets the chance to take classes no other schools in Bahrain can offer. He can learn to play an instrument; heck he can even buy that instrument. Not that he’ll play it much, he’ll get bored after a month or two. He can even take a class in a third language (third being a very generous term here, considering the state of his arabic); French or something. It is doubtful that he’ll learn anything in French except watching a few softcore French nudity movies. Still, it’ll be handy on his CV when he applies to those illustrious jobs.

Even with all these endowments, good old Nido still barely averages a C, and when he gets a B- the world turns upside down. Parties and celebrations ensue, and mommy and daddy each get him a watch or a playstation to celebrate this historical moment.

That playstation unfortunately has some side effects. A nidoer’s grades fluctuate up and down. Hell he even might fail a year or even two. Mummy and Daddy have to pay for personal tuting at a whopping 20BD an hour for the best tutors, and still good old Nido struggles.

Finally nidoman graduates. It’s a glorious C- but who really cares. Nidoman had the time of his life in high school flirting with girls and playing videogames. A big bash ensues in order to celebrate his achievement. No graduation ceremonies, parties and feasts are spared. He is showered with gifts. Daddy gets him a Porsche, mommy a rolex. Cousins and friends chip in with ties, cufflinks, videogames, and good old money. What a glorious time.

Mr. Nido needs to go to university. That C- and failed years don’t look very good on his transcript. No worries. Daddy’s money comes to the rescue. For there are many a university that’ll push and shove in order to sign up Mr. Nido. No one can turn down good old Nido cash. The world is his oyster. There is the UK, the U.S, Australia, maybe even Canada. Heck, Mr. Nido will probably sample all of them. He’ll probably start in the U.K. He’ll fail his first year and need to go somewhere else. Well, why not Canada? You go there and spend a few more years bumming around, smoke dope, drink up, sleep around, and then you fail again. Well no worries, Daddy’s kitty is very deep. Let’s hop over the border to the U.S. Finally after seven years good old Nido gets a university degree. Sure, it’s filled with Ds, but who cares, he had the time of his life romping around in the good old West.

Good old nido comes Back to Bahrain. The first 6 months are boring as hell. He itches and longs for the good old decadence and pleasures of the West. No worries. Daddy’s money helps him settle in. He can spend those six months partying, getting stoned, drinking, and hanging around sushi bars just as he got used to abroad. In the mean time he hires someone to fix his CV up and puts daddy’s was6a maching into action. Every contact in every bank and company in Bahrain is tapped. I mean, his CV sounds pretty impressive. He’s educated abroad (the Fs and repeats are omitted of course, and the D’s are reworded into “pass/fail” marks). He even has French listed down. There are some made up societies on there just to make sure he gives the impression of a worldly and well rounded person. Finally after some arm twisting and ” you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” daddy is able to find a job for nido. Investment banking, accounting, consulting, IT, whatever it is. Nido’s main criteria is money, and tons of it. Whatever job facilitates that he’ll take up.

And you dare to call poor people dumb, lazy, and uneducated and therefore worthy of the misery and squalor they are in?

The poor didn’t have a chauffeur to drive them right up to the best school in the country. They have to go to the pathetic state school system we have in place. The poor did not have didn’t have daddy’s money to fly off to America for seven years of “education”. They had to fight to get a place in one of the local universities, and 90% of those can’t really be classified as universities but are simply money machines. This is of course if they can go to university. The poor didn’t have daddy’s connections that got them the best job with minimal effort. The poor could not afford to chill out for a few years just for the heck of it or while daddy sorts out the best job for me.

Of course, not all Nidoers and neither are all poor people are like this. Just like any other group of people, there is the hardworking, the smart, the not so-hard working and the not so smart. This is the point. You’re not rich because you’re smart, and they’re not poor because they are dumb. You’re not rich primarily because you had the best education and the best job. In fact it’s the opposite. The fact that you are rich made you have the best education, the best schools, the best universities, and the best jobs, which keeps you being rich! What a glorious circle of life……

Many nidoers hold the inverted and lopsided “lazy” fallacy mentioned above. And why not, for a nidoer can point to good old neoclassical economics to support this drivel. Let us venture a bit into this cult and misty world of neoclassical economics. These economists would tell you income is determined by two things: the amount of time you spend working, and your productivity. A person can either chose to work for long hours, gaining high wages, or he could choose to have high “leisure” (an economic euphimism for being lazy) and hence receive less wages. This is not the only determinant of wages, however. There is also “productivity” or “efficiency”. Some people are more productive or efficient than others, and hence receive higher wages. “Productivity” is usually determined or “signalled” by a person’s education. The higher the education the higher the productivity. Hence highly educated and productive people who work long hours are rich, and lazy, uneducated, unproductive people are poor. It’s that simple.

This vision, to say the least, is warped. It’s all good and well that highly educated people get paid more money, but where in this analysis is it considered that rich people and nidoers get a better education to start with, and hence end up being paid more? Nope, none of that in good old classical economics. The “assumption” (and boy do economists love their assumptions) is that everyone starts from the same position, that good old concept of a “representative agent”, where all people are the same and have the same background, money, tastes, and environment. From there they choose their education and how hard to work, which determines their income. Hence rich people are rich because they chose to work hard and got a good education; poor people chose to be lazy and uneducated. Tough luck for them.

This is the demented world of neo-classical economists, which are unfortunately nowadays 90% of economists out there. They have no conceptions of historical reasons, social conditions, and political factors for why a society developed in particular why or is in its current condition. Nope, economics has to be “pure”, devoid of these silly other social sciences. If something can’t be expressed in an equation, it isn’t worth considering. I’m telling you, never trust anything any of these new “economic scientists” say, because they know zilch about what they are talking about. They can integrate an equation or calculate a regression like no one else though.

Alright enough about the Economists rubbish, my ranting about that peculiar species will be left to another post. Lets get back to our Nidoers and their love to bash poor people. Many statements are used to justify their warped vision. “It’s an Arab or Bahraini thing, They are lazy.” “Poor people aren’t civilized and they just keep multiplying like rabbits and having kids that they can’t teach, can’t feed, can’t take care off and that litter the streets like rats.” We’ve heard all of these before.

“Bahrainis are by nature lazy.” I have always marvelled at this statement. This is in a country that only seventy years ago people had to work their socks off just to feed themselves. They had to go on a rickety wooden boat for months on end, not being able to see their family, dive into the sea until their ears pop, risk drowning and being bitten by a shark only to get some small pearl that he’ll not even see one drop off but instead will go to some nukhetha (ship financier back home) who’ll sell it for a nice profit. All of this to get a few measly rupees that are not enough to feed your family and in fact you end up being in perpetual debt for the rest of your life. To add to this, because of the laws of the country your son has to keep paying your debt after you die. Either this or you go toiling in the fields for hours on end under the scorching heat on a land that isn’t even owned by yourself. No 25 day annual leave, “business lunches”, or two day weekends here.

But no, Bahrainis are by nature lazy.

Then we have the ” they keep multiplying like rabbits. All quantity no quality” argument. Of course this is a familiar argument that rich people use all over the world. Zionists use it when describing Palestinians. “Those goddamn Palestinians. They keep muliplying like rabbits.” Many immigration-phobes use it in Europe, and the same mantras are repeated in pretty much every country by a good chunk of the rich.

I wonder have nidoers ever looked around to see how untrue their arguments are? Have they ever stopped to think about the expat labour toiling away in near-slavery? Where they work as builders in the scorching summer heat for 12 hours a day 7 days a week for 60 BD a month? Do nidoers really think they work harder than these guys? “Ahhh…” they say, “but they are not as smart or productive as us.” Really? Babu in our local convenient store speaks at least four languages (English, Arabic, Hindu, Urdu, and who knows what else) and he never went to a university. And by speak I actually mean he can speak it, not that he attended a few classes so that it shows up on his CV. In fact his Arabic is ten times better than most nidoers I know. You really think you’re smarter than him?

What about Raju sitting next to you in your bank or company, who actually ends up doing most of the work assigned while you browse facebook for double his pay? Do you really think you’re more productive or smarter than him?

Maybe, my nido friend, it is you who is lazy and who has become a burden on the economy and society. Maybe it is you who requires the highest quality sushi and American beef just to not kick away your food and call it tasteless. Maybe it is you who needs to guzzle 80 litres a day of benzine to power your $100,000 hummer. Maybe it is you that needs a kilometer squared of land just to be able to call your house a place worthy of living in. Maybe it is you who needs the state of the art TV, sound system, XBox 360 adn thousands of DVDS just to be able to have a bit of fun. Maybe it is you that needs to keep monopolies and agencies that give only you the control and the right to sell a good in order to keep feeding your expensive habits. Maybe it is you who needs a legion of servants to cook, clean after you, chaperon you around, and do your ironing. Maybe it is you that has turned into a grotesque fat creature that needs to consumer more and more of the the earths limited resources and have more manpower under your service just to satisfy your insatiable appetite for goods?

I can’t help but laugh when I hear these big Hamours on TV or newspapers complaining that “the new generation of Bahrainis are lazy and expect too much, unlike the older generation. That’s why my company (more like serfdom-factory) exclusively employs 5000 indians. They are hardworking, they don’t need a lot of money, and they don’t demand too much. The moral is Bahrainis have to suck it up, work hard, and not expect too much immediately. ” Well that’s all good and dandy Mr. big shot, but not everyone is so poor that he has to accept slavery conditions in order to make a pittance of an earning to support his family 5000 miles away. Why exactly should someone start toiling under the unforgiving Arabian sun for 14 hours, under miserable work conditions and for piss poor pay? Sure, you can always find someone somewhere around the world who is so destitute that he’ll accept these conditions and travel half around the world to do your bidding, but do you seriously expect most people to do that? Does that sound fine to you while your kids get to deck it out in the finest schools, the finest universities, and the finest jobs, simply because they were born rich? Is it fair that while your kids can afford to play video games, flirt in malls, smoke spliffs, drink up, live it up in Marbella or London, and just take it easy for a good chunk of their life these other kids have to start working by the age of 14? Knowing the most that life ever has to offer them is serving your kids in one way or another?

This rant is over.

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23 Responses to “Laziness, Babu, Goddamn Economists and Nido”

  1. Chan’ad Bahraini » Blog Archive » The Nido Generation Says:

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  2. Bahrainiac Says:

    Geez….. What can I say?! I’m gob-smacked!! Such reality is not of the norm around here…..

  3. sillybahrainigirl Says:

    Welcome to the fold!

  4. Aigre-doux Says:

    Here’s a lovely comment from an enlightened nidoite on our website:

    “Indians….please go somewhere else..stop flocking in DUBAI, You people spoilt the job market, by letting the companies here exploit you, pay you guys low salary, live in poor condition at low class areas and when those who are not use to this kind of living condition (come from another country not third world…)and demanded a better package, you Indians, Pakistanis, Sri Lankan’s ..step in and allow yourself to be treated like a slave, bribe them like what you guys commonly practice in your third world country and spoil the standard living of others!!!!!!! Areas at NAIF and KARAMA are considered heaven for you guys compared to the standard of living in INDIA, PAK, Sri LANKA.!!!! Your poor status create your attitude!!!! Don’t bring your culture here, like bribe! WAKE UP! WAKE UP! WAKE UP!”

    Am also an indian that grew up in Bahrain. My response to him verged on the reductive (yes, i collapsed history a little sweepingly but can you blame me after you’ve read the above?) Anyways, I thought this guy’s sentiments were relevant and related to your post.

  5. nido Says:

    Silly Bahraini Girl: Thanks. I just hope it does last. Considering I’m a nidoer, I’m prone to laziness and giving up quite easily. I also have a short attention-span.

    Aigre-doux: Yes nido does not like anyone to crowd his nidolifestyle. Although I think the person who wrote this is of the expat Nido variety. I doubt nidoers who are emararti are bothered by compeition from “Indians.” They realize they do most of the jobs they don’t, and they don’t have to worry about competition because the state provides for them quite generously.

  6. Aigre-doux Says:

    Actually Nido, in the case of Bahrain, most of the locals out there at unemployment protests ARE complaining about ‘Indians’ and “Pakis” taking their jobs. I doubt they would agree that the state provides for them generously either, when many of them have been on government housing waitlists for decades because they can’t afford to rent or buy their own homes. The state and the Bahraini state in particular certainly does not treat its populations equally and one of the most fundamental questions facing Bahrain is who counts as a citizen and who has access to the state and its control over resources. Those who feel slighted also have their expectations shaped in the context of a society where the government is to blame for its population having become accustomed to a fat, welfare state alleviating the surreality of an entirely unsustainable economy.

    On another level, that commenter’s statement sounds exactly like what I hear in Bahrain from people convinced and persuaded by government rhetoric and propaganda – everytime dissent is expressed over unemployment and labour issues, the government hits back with articles on the gdn front page about having created 100,000 new jobs of which 70 percent were taken by expats. As if all of this happens magically while they stand back and watch wide-eyed and innocent. (Sure, there’s no structure in place with clear beneficiaries while the losers are both expat and local. We just keep scapegoating “foreigners” since we do not want to take responsibility for having made a mess of the country for our own selfish needs.) In the meantime, locals and expats remain in mythical camps convinced that one’s existence is at the bane of the other when really they should all be looking to the elite that stands atop them.

    And how do we expect that to change when people don’t talk, don’t mix, don’t educate themselves and fall back on hearsay and trite, cliched soundbites fed to them such as, “Bahrainis are just lazy”, “Indians are happy to work and live on meaningless wages, to them its a fortune!”, “Shias are the way they are because they want to be”, “If the Khalifas weren’t here this country would be nowhere” …. when they actually have no knowledge of Bahrain’s history nor are they curious as to why most histories ofbahrain are banned (God forbid this should collapse the state’s construction of a mythical, originary Islamicized Bahraini nationhood that is ethnically, linguistically, religiously, culturally pure when that has never been the case).

  7. nido Says:

    Dear Aigre-doux,

    I agree with some of what you see with regards to Bahrain, but my comment was directed more at the UAE.

    The situation is completely different in Bahrain and the UAE. Most of my posts are on differences between rich and poor in Bahrain. You are not going to find the same level or inequality in poverty in the UAE as you would in Bahrain, and neither are you going to find the same state level of funds and services in Bahrain as you would in the UAE. That’s why if you look at my comment I said emaratis and not bahrainis.

  8. SoulSearch Says:

    Sometime soon, the big angry giant will be jolted from his slumber. Only then will he stomp blindly on all the little people that are living on the margin of life in Bahrain. In English, this means that if you are not a hamoor, you will be devoured by one, and ultimately die or be miserable for the rest of your sorry life. Iguess I would be classified as a Nido-er too as I have all the classic symptoms.

    Love,
    SoulSearch

  9. Aigre-doux Says:

    Nido,

    AAAGGHHHHH… I just wrote a REALLY LONG reply and because I didn’t enter an email address, word press gave me this lovely error message and I lost it all! Meh.

    Yes, so to repeat – I was doing the same thing… as in .. I was aware that the guy who commented on my blog was from dubai and that he was talking about the emirates, as were you, but I found that interesting. Despite, being different contexts, his sentiments struck me as remarkably familiar to what I hear in Bahrain. Anyhow, moving on…

    Although I’m the first to correct people who try to assimilate some general understanding of the ‘Gulf’, that Bahrain has a unique political, economic and social history and demographic, I don’t think that it is a “completely” different situation. You’re right about the differences you did point out but looking at tribal politics in the region, the role they played in the formation of these new nation-states is I think, fundamental to understanding why the present situation exists. Migration has been a phenomenon for aeons. If you see human history as a linear, teleological “progressive” move, then you can’t see that migration, globalization and the labour issues they throw up have varied in intensity, speed and configurations at various points in time.

    Why am I blabbing on about conceptual issues? Because I think the biggest problem with debates in Bahrain is a complete and utter absence of placement in any historical context. Since its existence, the Persian Gulf has been part of an Asiatic trading network of people moving between the Indian west coast, Iran, Iraq and most importantly East Africa. I mean, the Sultan of Oman MOVED to Zanzibar at one point and took the entire community of Hindu Indian traders that worked for him with him. Colonial footholds in Asia were only possible once they tapped through existing networks of routes and alliances amongst people. British rule in Bahrain and their ‘arrangement’ with the self-proclaimed new ruling family at that time were crucial to re-structuring migration routes and hence the economy. British economic and political interests had to be balanced with the need to protect and secure the new monarchies that were propping up (i.e. control over population, who is allowed to enter, who is considered part of the empire, part of the local)…… I could go on and on..

    All I’m trying to say is, we cannot understand Bahrain today in isolation or in a vacuum from the larger context that is in turn responsible for shaping it. Discussions about differences and similarities in reality and policy between the Gulf states could be productive in highlighting what we are mad about, why and how it exists, who it serves and how we can address and change it.

  10. nido Says:

    yes I agree with you Aigre-doux in that there is an amazingly lack of historical context within the new generation. They don’t know what happened 30 odd years ago let alone 100 years ago. It’s as if the world nowadays exists exactly like it was 100 years ago. I really am not sure why that is. Is it the numbing that this materialistic life entails, where you forget everything about the past, or is it the really weak teaching of history in our schools and unis, where everyone does business and engineering but you can’t even include key historical events in the curricula. Either way, it’s not a good thing!

    Soul Search: I’m glad someone shares my enthusiasm and bright outlook on the future!

  11. nido Says:

    P.S. sorry about your comment’s post Aigre-doux. Blame wordpress not me!

  12. Aigre-doux Says:

    Nido: I don’t think the absence of the social sciences and the humanities in any educational institution in Bahrain is an accident… I mean, there is a reason that the construction of history in Bahrain is banned..How would you deceive and spoon-feed with nonsense, an educated populace, body politic that is capable of critical-thinking and independent thought? A friend who once sat at an intro sociology class at NYIT.. and would message me the kinds of things the prof would say … and I would balk .. kids were being taught utter trash…with no readings, no nothing.. it sounded like an elementary school education. And anyone can teach you a chronology.. or tracking of basic events, that’s not what’s missing.. what’s missing is any kind of questioning into what constitutes an “event”? what is visible in a chronology and what isn’t? and how radically different historical narratives can be depending on who is constructing them and what is at stake for them.

    About the email thing: can you turn that off in wordpress? the email being required and all? We used wordpress on http://www.passtheroti.com too and i don’t know how we managed to make the email address optional.

  13. bikeshed Says:

    Uhhh, and how is this different from anywhere else in the world?

  14. nido Says:

    Sweet-sour:
    Agreed. The way it’s taught is awful. A culture of critical analysis is severely lacking and it definitely needs to be developed. My hunch is that the rulers are not too keen on introducing critical and historical analysis, as that would invariably put them under the spotlight. Some religious scholars (again I say some, because Islam does actually have a long history of critical analysis) also might not like it because they might think it would have ramifications on the way religion is taught in schools.

    Bikeshed:
    it isn’t! nothing I said in this post is dramatically unique to Bahrain, and I pointed that out in the post. It’s a critique of most upper classes in most societies. In Bahrain and the gulf in general it’s probably more stark and extreme because of the oil, the high inequality we have, the small size of the place, and the dramatic change that happened over such a short time.

  15. Aigre-doux Says:

    Bikeshed: I’m convinced the ratio of apathy, accompanied by general retardation is much higher in concentration in Bahrain than most other places in the world.

    and and and… nido’s reasons.. yeah.

  16. nido Says:

    Sweet-Sour:

    I assume by rate of apathy etc you are talking about nidoers, not the whole of Bahrain. As is obvious Bahrain is one of the most politicized and engaged societies in the world, let alone the gulf. It’s not everywhere that you get frequent 70,000 demonstrations in a country with 450,000 nationals!

    You never see any nido demonstrations though. Hmmm… I wonder why.

  17. Aigre-Doux Says:

    Yes I’m talking about nidoers… but also all levels of society in general. As I’ve said earlier, it is the have-nots in Bahrain who are most politically engaged and involved in Bahrain – whether it be from the people in new political parties such as Haq, the moms and kids out outside Al-Dana protesting unemployment until they get teargassed away by the obviously threatened arms of the state, or the people behind Bahrainonline…… and I could go on. However, I’ve noticed that critiques of Bahrain and mobilizations based on them are still bereft of in-depth knowledge and insight into Bahrain’s problems. For example, labour protests (by different groups)that have now taken on new sectarian vehicles of rhetoric don’t seem to articulate (either in pamphlets or through conversations with organizers) an awareness that people across the board are affected by labour, citizenship, migration policies. It’s not simply the active Shiite discrimination prevalent in Bahrain that leads to 15 people living in a one room hovel in the villages that line Budaiya/Saar. There is frequently this ‘local’ boundary drawn whereby critics unwittingly confirm government frameworks deployed precisely to deflect attention from the set of factors that are actually responsible for the status quo. Critics also reveal through their demands for creation of more jobs or government housing/land, etc that they’re not entirely aware of why Bahrain’s rentier state came into existence, how their expectations of the state are formed by this nurtured dependence that the monarchy cultivated inorder to remain in power and shut down dissent. Critiques still remain within the boundaries already laid out for us and rarely move beyond questioning expectations and boundaries of thinking that have been normalized, naturalized. Correct me if I’m wrong here, and I also haven’t been able to read a lot of stuff in Arabic that’s out there but there are few groups that accurately point out the basis of inequity in Bahrain and then demand an outright overhaul of everything – in other words – a political, economic, social revolution of the country in a literal sense.

    Demands for the protection of human rights are still rarely ever seen as “human” rights as much as they are seen as rights for specific groups at the cost of others. For example, how much more effective and rational would it be for ALL employees of a company to organize rather than Bahrainis seeing themselves as having to fight for higher wages and get a larger piece of a small pie that they see fat cats and expats gobbling.
    How often do you see demands for fair, uniform wages for everyone in Bahrain? How effective would protests be if EVERYONE went on strike instead of having half of your segregated workforce speak out while the other half (the expat half) has everything to lose by speaking out? Nobody questions Bahrainization policies, the inefficacy of band-aid solutions like quotas for example, nor is there an explicit recognition that ALL human beings deserve to be treated on level ground and have basic human rights guaranteed to them.. and that is the kind of consensus/social contract people need to arrive at in Bahrain – what kind of society do we want to live in? one where, half the population has recourse to law (some judicial system huh? I love that its sooo independent and not arbitrary) and the other half doesn’t? one where the state does not expect you to abide by its mandates while simultaneously denying you social, civil and political rights? … None of this is also going to happen unless we talk to each other…across the board.

  18. Aigre-Doux Says:

    I wrote that as I was running out the door in the morning half-awake and hungover but I was trying to say that – one issue with the level of politicization/engagement in Bahrain is its fragmentary, factional nature. Politicization in Bahrain does not reflect reality as yet or rather an insight into it or there would be an understanding of how alliances are crucial to any form of political action. You cannot advocate rights for one group of people and not another.. For example, I can’t be out there talking about anti-sexism without also supporting anti-racist, anti-classist, anti-homophobic groups/movements. When ‘Asian’ (whatever the fuck that means, why has a stupid Americanism like that now entered vocabularies in Bahrain?) workers go on strike in Bahrain, Where, tell me, WHERE are the Bahraini trade unions and people from various other labour groups? Do workers issues only matter to them if they’re Bahraini? And vice versa?

    As “expats”, even if we are encouraged to not assimilate and not integrate into Bahraini society and are constantly told we are “temporary” despite having lived there for 5 generations, why why don’t expats take more initiative into understanding “local” politics rather than listening to just hearsay and nonsense from other people? Why don’t they(we) care to know anything about Bahrain, its history, changing political circumstances outside of conspiracy theories? We live there too and have the same stake in the future of Bahrain.

    Where in our society do we support groups that risk speaking out? Rather, we succumb to unbelievably foolish rumours about things. Isn’t it interesting that on the island everybody has a theory about how things are run? When there is no access to information, and you’re reading some stupid government appeasing tabloid (ahem ahem GDN) coverage on some riot, protest, demonstration whatever.. and the parties involved… how can you trust what you know about different political participants? Do we know what the various differences between organized parties are on the island? Does anyone really have any clue to who the different crowds are on the street at distinctly different protests? No…. they’re all the same invisible mass of small people to us.

  19. nido Says:

    Sweet-Sour:

    Yes politics in Bahrain at the moment is way too fragmentary in nature. This is probably a reflection of a few things: 1. A society that is in flux and maybe even in turmoil. Too many things are going on and changing. People are confused and not sure what is going on, and this is reflected in the Conspiracy theories and the hotch-potch nature of activities going on out there. 2. Fast-paced Globalization and sudden emergence of different classes and different interest groups definitely plays into this as well. 3. The government’s policy of divide rule as you mentioned doesn’t help either. Divided, weak and fragmented groups that think they are in conflict with each other but in reality have much in common to strive for is just what the government thinks is in its interest. I doubt this is in its interest in the long run however.

    I still don’t think this reflects rate of apathy or retardation though! This probably applies more to certain nidoers than other groups of society.

    P.S. Have you ever read Marcuse, particularly “One dimensional man?”. It’s an awesome analysis that is very relevent to nidoism. I sincerely recommend it. In fact the whole bunch of the Frankfurt school are a must read for Nido!

  20. Aigre-Doux Says:

    Oh nooo! You did not just mention the Frankfurt school. How exciting… Someone in/from Bahrain who knows what that is. Will get back to you on Marcuse – running out the door again. My choice of words (retardation) is most definitely harsh but I’m also speaking with a lot of disillusionment and bitterness from the kinds of experiences and conversations (or inability to have them rather) I’ve had in Bahrain… and yes… after realizing that there other people out there apart from Chan’ad Bahraini who are cognizant and aware, I probably won’t be so quick to make the above characterizations from now on.

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  22. Gardens of Sand Says:

    I enjoyed much of the comments and agreed with most of what you had to say. A very good read indeed and has a ring of truth to it. I think one of the things that make Bahrain special is that it is made of working class. Sadly the divide between the rich and the poor, the upper and lower class is widening. This is a very dangerous thing and adds fire to the already volatile situation.

    PS: How about a positive post about the Nidoers? Surely they have something good going for us … no wait I mean them… 😛

  23. nido Says:

    Hmmmm… a post extolling the virtues of nidoers….. I’ll give it a shot in the next post!

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