Interesting readings for September 10, 2012

Rajdeep Sardesai on the problems of law and order in Bombay. Nothing is more important in the priorities of the State than the police and the courts.

In recent weeks, we’re seeing fresh attention on the flaws of the HR processes of government. Shashi Tharoor in the Indian Express on the IFS, and Sundeep . . . → Read More: Interesting readings for September 10, 2012

Paternalism and the Infantile Society

The continued expansion of the welfare state is a grave concern to me, now more than ever. I fear the expansion of the welfare state because I believe it infantilizes society. By this I mean that citizens of the United States become more dependent on the federal government’s largesse, and in so doing become . . . → Read More: Paternalism and the Infantile Society

Unhappy Dependence Day

In my childhood and teen years, “going to the mall” meant going to the grand expanse stretching from the United States Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial, with the Washington Monument in the center, bordered by the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and by federal government buildings along Constitution Avenue on the north, and Independence Avenue . . . → Read More: Unhappy Dependence Day

Did J S Mill really claim that violations of free trade have nothing to do with liberty?

‘Again, trade is a social act. Whoever undertakes to sell any description of goods to the public, does what affects the interests of other persons, and of society in general; and thus his conduct, in principle, comes within the jurisdiction of society’ … . The ‘so-called doctrine of Free Trade … rests on grounds . . . → Read More: Did JS Mill really claim that violations of free trade have nothing to do with liberty?

How close is the link between freedom and life satisfaction?

I think individual autonomy should be viewed not just as a factor contributing to human flourishing but as a factor that is integral to it in the same way that good relations with other people and a feeling of competence are also integral to human flourishing. It seems to me that the nature of . . . → Read More: How Close is the Link Between Freedom and Life Satisfaction?

What is wrong with the way governments are pursuing happiness objectives?

There can be no doubt that western democratic governments have been attempting to promote the happiness of citizens for a long time. They may not talk much about attempting to achieve the greatest happiness for the greatest number, or any similar high-sounding principle, but they have a wide range of policies intended to promote . . . → Read More: What is Wrong With the Way Governments are Pursuing Happiness Objectives?