Spontaneous Order

Exploring the Power of Ideas...

Nani Palkhivala | The Democracies of India and the USA (1974)

(The following piece was published in a 1997 issue of Freedom First, and contains extracts from Nani Palkhivala’s 1974 book ‘Our Constitution–Defaced and Defiled.’ This is the first post in a two-part series.) The U.S. Constitution has survived for 200 years, without… Continue Reading →

GST threatens to undermine fiscal federalism and tax competition

There is a compelling idea that has come to be taken very seriously—that uniformity is a definite good that must be pursued: uniformity in laws, in institutions, in cultural values and even tax rates. One can see the reasoning behind… Continue Reading →

C Rajagopalachari | The Genius of India (1966)

(The following piece was published in the Swatantra Party Souvenir, a collection of writings and speeches by C Rajagopalachari) *** The Genius of India is peace. Even parliamentary parties opposing the government party is looked upon by the uneducated masses as… Continue Reading →

Uniform Civil Code: From Status to Contract

“If the law is considered as ‘the enterprise of subjecting human conduct to the governance of rules,’ then this enterprise is being conducted, not on two or three fronts, but on thousands.” –Tom W Bell Recently, the government asked the… Continue Reading →

How do we plan our cities?

Last week, Mint carried a wonderful article (Liberalizing India’s urban thinking) by Sanjeev Sanyal on the need to shed the old attitude of central planning when it comes to managing our cities. While socialist-era thinking has quietly been in retreat… Continue Reading →

Minoo Masani | ‘All Isms have become Wasms’ (1944)

This is the final part of a 4-part series, each post containing an excerpt of Minoo Masani’s 1944 essay ‘Socialism Reconsidered.’ Here are the links to the earlier posts in the series– Minoo Masani | Socialism Reconsidered (1944) Minoo Masani… Continue Reading →

Brexit: Better a Bad Parliament than a Good King

After reading my last blog, at least a few people expressed that I hadn’t done justice to the matter.  There are concerns greater than sovereignty, and my piece seemed to make an empty and a mere ‘ideological’ case for sovereignty without… Continue Reading →

The important thing is not to stop questioning

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existence. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. It is enough… Continue Reading →

Trade Beats Aid for the Developing World

(This post was originally published on FEE.org. The author is John L. Glenn) *** It’s called individual dynamism, and it has nothing to do with a tilt to the left or right. It has a lot to do with basic liberty… Continue Reading →

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