31st July 2017
The ultra-puerile, nonsensical “good people” theory of governance
Key comments from my FB post here. The “good people” theory of governance is the most obvious sign of someone’s ignorance about basic economics and governance. This theory is typical not only of the socialists but of the thousands of half-baked “economists” and “liberals”.
India’s problem is the design of its governance system and policies. If people don’t understand this point, they can be as honest as they like and they will totally fail to change anything.
Half baked ideas continue to flourish. No takers for serious work, that will involve a lot of thinking and understanding.
It takes ENORMOUS intelligence to create good institutions, which neither you have a clue about nor most Indians. I’ve not seen one single writing of yours which shows how to create good institutions in India.
Hence the delusion that “good” people can do anything good for the country.
Just like LKY is not a “good” people alone, so also the leaders of Australia are not “good” people alone.
It takes ENORMOUS sense and competence to design good institutions. 99.99999 per cent of Indians have no policy competence or sense and hence cannot design good institutions.
You may be a “good” people yourself but will be entirely useless to India unless you understand this point that governance is a science, not some random thing that any “good” person can do.
Then you will need to start studying how good institutions in India must look like. Then work out a transitional path.
If you are interested, all this is already explained in BFN + SBP manifesto.