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Freedom Is Development

Harsh and I have co-authored a piece on why freedom is development (contra Amartya Sen, whose book is titled “Development As Freedom”):

…state-enforced egalitarianism is a legitimate position to have and one for which we have some sympathy in a still poor nation like ours (although we would like more taxing-and-spending by the States through public-private partnerships in the social sector too, and less socio-economic engineering by the central government of a billion-plus country through top-down bureaucracies hoping for some benefits to “trickle down”). But to pretend that mandated redistribution is somehow consistent with liberty and individual freedom – indeed is the very essence of liberty or freedom itself – is to indulge in Orwellian sophistry.

More here.