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Costs of freedom

Costs of freedom
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First Published: Wed, Jan 26 2011. 01 15 AM IST

Photo by Rodrigo  Abd/AP
Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP
Updated: Tue, Jul 05 2011. 04 27 PM IST
Photo by Rodrigo Abd/AP
It has been a year since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, the second republic of the western hemisphere. It is today what philosopher John Rawls termed a “burdened society”: notionally free, but lacking almost every attribute that gives meaning to freedom.
Sovereignty is not enough. It has costs that are underappreciated. These transcend those of feeding people in such states. Often such countries are in the grip of terrorist violence that threatens neighbours. The world, India included, needs to think hard on what to do with burdened societies.
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First Published: Wed, Jan 26 2011. 01 15 AM IST
More Topics: Earthquake | Haiti | John Rawls | Terror | Violence |