Spontaneous Order

Exploring the Power of Ideas...

2 out of 3 of all Indian Prisoners are Undertrials

Prisons in India have long been known to be hotbeds of violence, corruption and sleaze, along with routine institutional abuse and massive as well as systemic human rights violations taking place on a regular basis. This open secret has received… Continue Reading →

Why Oxfam is Wrong about Tax Havens

Tax Havens and black money have been in the news for the past couple months. Earlier this month, Oxfam released a statement with 355 economists contending that Tax Havens serve ‘no useful purpose.’ These included eminent personalities like Thomas Piketty… Continue Reading →

B R Shenoy | My Idea of a Welfare State, Part III (1957)

This is the final instalment of a 3-part series. The first two parts of the essay can be accessed here– B R Shenoy | My Idea of a Welfare State, Part I (1957) B R Shenoy | Minimum State: The… Continue Reading →

Captain America: Avenger of Choice

The recent movie Captain America: Civil War gives some interesting insights about the real world. (If you haven’t yet seen it, proceed with caution. There will be spoilers). The film is set about one year after the events of Avengers:… Continue Reading →

B R Shenoy | Minimum State: The Ideal of India (1957)

(This is the second part of a 3-part series, from a speech on the Welfare State delivered by B R Shenoy in 1957. The speech was published in the December, 1957 issue of ‘The Indian Libertarian.’ You can read the first part of… Continue Reading →

There is a Case for Tax Havens

(Tax havens are back in the news. On Monday, 355 economists signed a letter co-ordinated by Oxfam arguing that tax havens serve “no useful purpose.”  This article was originally published at Livemint.com, and has been republished here with their permission.) In a… Continue Reading →

Should the State Intervene in Reproductive Rights?

On 1st May, 2016, China modified its legislature to counter the gender imbalance in its population.  Professionals and individuals who participate in prenatal sex determination would be fined close to US$ 4,600.[1] The regulation has not only tightened rules for… Continue Reading →

F A Hayek: The Man, and his Humble Case for Liberty

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” — F A Hayek, The Fatal Conceit  Happy Birthday Friedrich August von Hayek! There is something remarkable about… Continue Reading →

B R Shenoy | My Idea of a Welfare State, Part I (1957)

This is the first part of a series, from a speech on the Welfare State delivered by B R Shenoy in 1957. The speech was published in the December, 1957 issue of ‘The Indian Libertarian’  The accent of the welfare state is,… Continue Reading →

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