May 17, 2007Public Policy

Moynihan’s Law

Should we be more concerned about places from where there are no complaints?

This is an archived blog post from The Acorn.

Busy week. But here’s something that should illuminate some of the current discourse on artists, freedoms and intolerance. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on Moynihan’s Law:

The amount of violations of human rights in a country is always an inverse function of the amount of complaints about human rights violations heard from there. The greater the number of complaints being aired, the better protected are human rights in that country.”

In other words, countries in which human rights are most severely violated are those where no freedom of speech or press is permitted. Also, complaints tend to be a direct function of the possibility of redress. This can be known as Moynihan’s law or Moynihan Syndrome. [Wikipedia]Think of the various ways this law might apply in the context of the complaints about violations of rights in Baroda.



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