Okonomos: Integrating Factors

Political radicalism in India remains at the fringes because we are largely an open society

There has been much talk in the run-up to the elections about holding national debates between parties. Such debates force candidates to reveal their platforms. Voters are then better informed about the choice they are about to make, and we can hope that such information-sharing will cause parties and candidates to agree on which issues are important. At least, they should disagree less as a result. Indeed, economic theory argues that differences in beliefs are purely a function of mutual ignorance. As all necessary information is shared, disagreements, at least about what is important, ...