If only the government would take sectors like education, health care and grass root level poverty alleviation and not just macro economic structural reforms as seriously as it deals with say issues like terrorism and national security and invest in them wisely and well- not just in terms of financial allocation though that is important too, but also in terms of the brightest and the best being assigned to administer these schemes. That would pretty well make most NGOs obsolete and out of work and there would be no further need to regulate them. and in the mean time, while the government gets its act together – that is if they wish to do so, there is a need to recognize the many groups – small and big, known and unknown who serve the many Kalavatis of the land.
True democracy, as in Switzerland, is about diffusing power, not concentrating it. Fortunately, although our Lok Sabha has sunk to its lowest depths – “nadir” was a word used many times on TV last night – there is no need for despair. The failure of “political society” can only be good for civil society.
Our solution therefore lies in making the government more and more irrelevant in our lives. We have to think in terms of free markets, free international trade, free trading cities and towns – a world in which individuals survive via the free processes of voluntary market exchanges. A world, that is, where politics does not affect economic outcomes. That is the world-view of Libertarianism. Our Reichswing editors need to travel this distance in their minds. Then they too will think in terms of a Second Republic.