How to Dramatically Improve the Security Situation in Pakistan: Right to Carry Arms

How to Dramatically Improve the Security Situation in Pakistan: Right to Carry Arms
The security situation in Pakistan is in shambles. People are experiencing daily violence and terror independent of their location. The police isn’t up to the task and has failed at many fronts in protecting the civilians. The military has now become the security provider of last resort from both external and internal threats. This is taxing the ...

Summary Executions for TTP Prisoners? Say NO

Summary Executions for TTP Prisoners? Say NO
The horrific deaths of so many children in Peshawar has lead to calls of swift retaliation and summary executions for all the TTP prisoners. The tempers and the emotions are at their highest at this moment. The tragedy is such that immediate and decisive action feels the most right and most needed. The dastardly and indiscriminate killings ...

The Quest for the Philosopher King

The Quest for the Philosopher King
Pakistanis have this belief that finding the finest political leader is the solution to their problems, or at the least a move in the right direction. The issues from Kashmir to corruption, from electricity to water shortages, from security and terrorism to transportation and food can all be resolved when that super leader ascends the throne. They are always on a quest to ...

Privatization Spree Is Back on Track in Pakistan!

Privatization Spree Is Back on Track in Pakistan!
The privatization spree is back on track in Pakistan! The Dawn Editorial gives multiple examples of how privatization leads to conditions becoming worse for the poor. In this article look at these arguments and try to see whether they have any merit or not. First Argument: The poor performance of the state-owned enterprises, headlined by massive ...

Self-Finance Seats Abolished

Self-Finance Seats Abolished
By unilaterally abolishing the self-finance seats the government has once again shown that to a politician winning votes matters more than the longer term prosperity of the country. The free market pushes the businesses in a direction that brings in the most profit by best satisfying the needs of the customers. When politicians take charge of decision making they ...

Saudi Labor Reforms

Saudi Labor Reforms
Saudi Arabia has been going through labor reforms in an attempt to move more Saudis into the private sector and out of the public sector. Why the reforms are needed: Authorities launched labour reforms in 2011 after the Arab Spring uprisings to head off political unrest by reducing unemployment. They also want to lower the cost ...

Industrial Revolution and Violence

Industrial Revolution and Violence
Industrial revolution  gave mankind the ability to mass produce. But was the ability of mass production the cause of the resultant violence? Just because two things are correlated doesn’t mean they are causal. To be fair lets not forget that industrial revolution at times is not even considered a real revolution. The debate is still raging ...

Pakistan Rejuvenating the Planning Commission

Pakistan Rejuvenating the Planning Commission
Pakistan’s new planning commission is uncharacteristically younger, but does having young blood really add any value? This is a big change from the past where members of the Commission were mostly retirees, hanging on to the public sector, which instead needed fresh ideas and young minds. Some would agree it’s not the age that matters much, but ...

Privatize Public Companies

Privatize Public Companies
There seems to be an false belief that if a public company is profitable it should be kept in the hands of those in government instead of private owners. Is it too outrageous to think that in certain cases the government control over the resources is so complete that there is no choice but to ...

Robots are Taking Over

Robots are Taking Over
Do you believe the robots are taking over our lives? I would like to think that a robot is just another name for better and more efficient way of doing things. More freedom from redundant tasks means more time for leisure and more time for innovative thinking. Technology has been improving at a faster and faster pace ...

Erdogan and Gaza

Erdogan and Gaza
Erdogan and Gaza seem now a days to be intertwined. Erdogan has been issuing unusually strong statements against their long term ally Israel in support of Palestinians. Turkey is a Muslim majority nation that is relatively prosperous. This prosperity didn’t happen overnight, but is a result of steady improvement over decades. Erdogan though is poking holes in the wheels ...

Kite Flying and Property Rights

Kite Flying and Property Rights
Kite flying and property rights may not seem to be related but in a world of causal-realist thinking they are. So what do I mean by this? An example is the initiation of a recent crackdown against those who sell kites and those who fly them. Police launched the crackdown on kite flyers in the ...

French Slump is due to Socialist Policies

French Slump is due to Socialist Policies
 Declining inflation is a concern because it carries the risk of outright falling prices, known as deflation, which deters consumers from spending in the belief they can wait and buy more cheaply later. There have been so many episodes prior to the creation of the Fed in 1913 where there was deflation and then things ...

Pakistan And Its Identity Crisis

Pakistan And Its Identity Crisis
  Pakistan and its identity crisis has its roots in disowning the history of it’s very people. It’s the history of the Indus Valley, and what Aitzaz Ahsan explained more thoroughly in his book: The Indus Saga and the Making of Pakistan. This wrong way of thinking has lead Pakistanis to not only losing their identity, but has ...

Profiteering During Ramadan

Profiteering During Ramadan
What a sham! Profiteering during Ramadan. You don’t say! Those who believe an owner of goods shouldn’t have a right to sell the goods he owns, for whatever price he deems fit, are demanding that his goods be given to them cheaper. No body is being forced to buy any goods if they don’t want to. It’s afterall ...