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Amit Varma is a writer based in Mumbai. He worked in journalism for over a decade, and won the Bastiat Prize for Journalism in 2007. His bestselling novel, My Friend Sancho, was published in 2009. He is best known for his blog, India Uncut. His current project is a non-fiction book about the lack of personal and economic freedoms in post-Independence India.




Bastiat Prize 2007 Winner

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30 October, 2007

Should Government Subsidize the Arts?

Here’s Frédéric Bastiat on the subject:

Does the right of the legislator extend to abridging the wages of the artisan, for the sake of adding to the profits of the artist?

And to extend that question, what causes justify abridging the wages of the artisan?

(The quote was from Bastiat’s great essay, That Which is Seen, and That Which is Not Seen. Read the full thing!)

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