Spontaneous Order

Exploring the Power of Ideas...

#ThrowbackThursday: Nissim Ezekiel —The Cultural Vacuum in India (1982)

  The following piece was published in the July 1982 issue of Freedom First. The author of the piece, Nissim Ezekiel (1924-2004), was a noted poet, critic and editor, and also served as the editor of Freedom First. Commenting on the fact that India… Continue Reading →

Is Constitutionalism Compatible with Socialism?

Is Constitutionalism compatible with Socialism? This is the question raised by Shruti Rajagopalan, Assistant Professor at Purchase College, State University of New York. Given that our constitution and socialism aim at securing a certain vision of justice and equality, one would imagine, as… Continue Reading →

The Indian Constitution and ‘The Right to Sin’

“The Constitution has been reared for immortality, if the work of man may justly aspire to such a title. It may, nevertheless, perish in an hour by the folly, or corruption, or negligence of its only keepers, the people.” –Joseph… Continue Reading →

Bad Regulation May Well Kill the Sharing Economy

Ankur Gautam wrote a thoughtful piece on sharing economy a while back (Uberocracy: How the Sharing Economy Is Changing Everything). Ankur (rightly) points out: “Technology is rapidly transforming how we produce and consume goods and services. By cutting down transaction costs,… Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday: C Rajagopalachari— Defending the Constitution (1972)

As India celebrated its 66th Republic day earlier this week, we decided to post C Rajagopalachari’s views on the Indian Constitution. The post contains excerpts from speeches delivered in 1972.  A Motor Car with no Brake  I have been constantly reiterating the importance… Continue Reading →

#ThrowbackThursday: Sir H. P. Mody— Whither Indian Planning? (1965)

The following article was published by Forum of Free Enterprise in a monograph titled–‘A Review of Current Economic Problems’ The author is Sir Homi Mody (1881-1969), who was a noted industrialist and banker associated with Tata Group and an administrator of India…. Continue Reading →

Who ‘Creates’ History?

A nation is shaped by a certain narrative—how it came to be what it is today, what values and beliefs its people hold and cherish, and how it is portrayed. Education has a vital role in shaping this narrative and… Continue Reading →

Let the Refugees In

By Ayurshi Dutt The refugee crisis ballooning in Europe has been declared by the United Nations to be the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. Europe has seen an upsurge in the number of migrants from Syria entering its… Continue Reading →

Silence Please, The ‘Intellectuals’ Are Listening

A few self-proclaimed intellectuals met a long time back and set rules and regulations about what is offensive and what is not. Their intentions were right, we must respect each other, and must not offend anyone. Over time, the face… Continue Reading →

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