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  • Economic Freedom

    07/02/2014 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama, speaking on the economy, told an audience in Osawatomie, Kansas: "'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. ... But here's the problem: It doesn't work. It has never worked. ... I mean, understand, it's not as if we haven't tried this theory." To believe what the president and many others say about the market's not working requires that one be grossly uninformed or dishonest. The key features of a free market system are private property rights and private ownership of the means of production. In addition, there's a large...
  • RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND ECONOMIC LIBERTY: TRULY INDIVISIBLE

    05/08/2014 10:41:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 1 replies
    American Spectator ^ | May 8, 2014 | By Samuel Gregg
    Whichever way the United States Supreme Court rules on Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, one fact has become abundantly clear. We are belatedly realizing that different forms of freedom are more dependent on each other than many have hitherto supposed. Who would have thought that the welfare state’s expansion in the guise of Obamacare—which, by definition, significantly reduces economic freedom—would directly impact the ability of individuals and groups to conduct their affairs in accordance with their deeply held religious beliefs? This, however, is precisely the reality confronting us. Most people are used to thinking of religious liberty as a prerequisite...
  • Economic Freedom Fuels Drive From Food stamps To Facebook

    03/04/2014 3:18:57 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | March 4, 2014 | Melanie Sturm
    Last month, as Ukrainian émigré-turned-tech tycoon Jan Koum prepared to cash a multibillion-dollar check from Facebook -- acquirer of his startup WhatsApp -- then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was checking out of the Gatsby-esque estate where he'd cached his stolen plunder. That the two Ukrainians derived their riches under diametrically opposed systems -- free enterprise versus banana republic -- illustrates why all income inequalities are not, shall we say, created equal. Most don't resent the rich -- only the undeservedly rich -- as a recent Venezuelan protest sign conveyed: “These Castro-Chavistas speak like Marx, govern like Stalin and live like Rockefeller,...
  • While economic freedom declines in the US, it rises across the globe

    01/15/2014 8:03:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | 01/15/2014 | Nick Sorrentino
    The wealth of nations has increased by astronomical amounts over the last 2 decades. Literally billions of people have been brought out of poverty thanks to economic freedom. It is as if once the Soviet Union died, once the scourge of international socialism was utterly and completely decimated both economically and intellectually, humanity couldn’t help but lurch forward. Actually that is what happened. Sadly we have gone in the opposite direction over the last 2 decades. Instead of freeing our economy we have wrapped it ever more in welfare state red tape. We have regulations on top of regulations on...
  • In Economic Freedom, Now We’re No. 12! : America slips for the seventh straight year

    01/14/2014 5:33:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/14/2014 | Deroy Murdock
    The United States is on a steady skid downward. The latest milestone in America’s decline is especially demoralizing: The U.S. has slouched from among the world’s Top 10 freest economies. In fact, we’re No. 12 — down two spots from No. 10 last year. This bad news emerges from the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom, released this morning by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. “Now considered only a ‘mostly free’ economy, the U.S. has earned the dubious distinction of having recorded one of the longest sustained declines in economic freedom, second only to Argentina, of any...
  • Obama Agenda Promotes Unfairness

    12/09/2013 4:23:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2013 | Star Parker
    When presidents give speeches, the affair is choreographed like a Broadway production. The message is not just the words of the speech, but where it is given and who happens to be the chosen audience. So it was not by accident that President Obama chose a theater in a poor black neighborhood in Washington, DC, where the average income is barely half the national average, to speak this week about economic opportunity and fairness. What exactly was the President trying to achieve by sharing with a low-income black audience that “today’s CEO now makes 273 times more” than the average...
  • Speech delivered by Joseph V Stalin, February 9th, 1946

    11/16/2013 7:29:49 AM PST · by ProgressingAmerica · 12 replies
    Wilson Center ^ | February 9, 1946
    Speech Delivered by Josef Vissarionovich Stalin at a meeting of voters of the Stalin Electoral District, MoscowFebruary 9, 1946Comrades! Eight years have passed since the last elections to the Supreme Soviet. This has been a period replete with events of a decisive nature. The first four years were years of intense labour on the part of Soviet people in carrying out the Third Five-Year Plan. The second four years covered the events of the war against the German and Japanese aggressors -- the events of the Second World War. Undoubtedly, the war was the main event during the past period....
  • Are We Rome? Ben Powell Compares the U.S. with the Roman Empire

    09/15/2013 6:34:11 PM PDT · by Dysart · 24 replies
    Reason ^ | 9-15-2013 | Ben Powell/Nick Gillespie
    "If we continue down the misguided path that the government is taking us, then the future does not look good," says Free Market Institute's Ben Powell. Reason's Nick Gillespie caught up with Powell to discuss the theme of this year's Freedom Fest, "Are We Rome?" and whether America is following in Rome's footsteps towards decline. "Our economic freedom has been plummeting the last ten years," Powell says, "and this isn't a product of Obama. It's Bush [and] Obama consistently. More than half of our decline in economic freedoms happened under Bush. It's just the rate of decline is happening more...
  • Focus on Freedom and Prosperity Is Key

    03/07/2013 4:29:09 AM PST · by Kaslin
    March 7, 2013 | Jackie Gingrich Cushman
    The recent political entanglements over the budget have focused more on political maneuverings and who is right about what statement, rather than what the policies mean to average, everyday Americans. It might be standard politics, but it does not create the right framework. The right framework includes thinking about the impact to everyday Americans and to future generations of Americans. When our founders fought for freedom, they did so for future Americans as well as themselves. Our nation has long led the world's fights for freedoms -- freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms. Our founding document,...
  • The Heroic Businessman?

    02/08/2013 11:11:15 AM PST · by eagleye85 · 4 replies
    Eagleye Blog ^ | February 8, 2013 | Bethany Stotts
    In the current economic climate, politicians and interest groups have encouraged the public to view businesses, especially corporations, as exploitative entities taking advantage of human suffering and even engineering the Great Recession. Thus, increased government intervention is necessary to “tame” the marketplace. Some consider the recent re-election of President Obama a vindication of this perspective. John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods, courageously shares an opposing view in his latest book, Conscious Capitalism, co-authored by Rajendra Sisodia. “We paint business for what it truly is: heroic,” said Mackey at a recent Cato event. “Business is the greatest value creator in the...
  • America’s Rating as a Free Country Continues to Plummet

    01/28/2013 4:55:53 PM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    http://thelibertypaper.org ^ | January 28, 2013
    Freedom can be defined in many ways. However, one of the greatest indicators of freedom and liberty is economic freedom. True free-market capitalism is the basis of individual liberty. However, America is no longer a top 5 contender, and we haven’t been for a years. Actually, America is barely even in the top 10. The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom study reports that America continues to fail. Who took first place in economic freedom in 2012? The answer may surprise you. It was Hong Kong. Hong Kong’s score was an 89.9%, which was a 0.2% increase from 2011. Following Hong...
  • Helping People Help Themselves

    01/23/2013 1:29:34 PM PST · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 23, 2013 | Rich Tucker
    In Washington, the best way to get good press is to announce you’re leaving. Case in point: Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (call him Jay), D-W.Va., is stepping down when his term ends. And The Washington Post makes haste to bring him laud. “Jay Rockefeller wasn’t ever going to be just some Democratic senator from West Virginia,” writes Manuel Roig-Franzia. The story intimates this is because Rockefeller, as an heir to a vast fortune earned through unbridled capitalism, needed to make amends. “He found a way to be a Rockefeller that was about serving people,” the senator’s longtime political adviser,...
  • Economic Freedom on the Wane

    01/19/2013 7:55:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | Ed Feulner
    “Land of the free.” It’s right there in our national anthem. As well it should be -- the personal liberties we enjoy are the envy of many around the world. But freedom is no accident. It requires constant vigilance. Takes economic liberty, an area where the United States has begun to slip quite a bit lately. How would you say the U.S. compares to other nations? No need to guess. We can pinpoint it exactly by using an annual guide known as the Index of Economic Freedom. Top three, you think? Top five? Nope. Last year at this time came...
  • The United States Ranks 7th in Comprehensive New “Freedom Index”

    01/10/2013 1:58:08 PM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchel
    I’ve always been a big fan of Economic Freedom of the World because it provides a balanced and neutral measure of which nations do best in providing free markets and small government. And I like it even when it gives me bad news. It’s somewhat depressing, after all, to read that the United States has dropped from the #3 nation when Bill Clinton left office to the #18 country in the most recent index.But for all its many positive attributes, Economic Freedom of the World isn’t a comprehensive measure of liberty. That’s why I’m very glad to see that Ian...
  • Morning Bell: See America’s Ranking in the 2013 Index of Economic Freedom

    01/10/2013 6:56:36 AM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 2 replies
    The Heritage Foundation ^ | January 10, 2013 | Amy Payne
    When we talk about “economic freedom,” what do we mean—and why does it matter? Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. Since reaching a global peak in 2008, sadly, economic freedom around the world has continued to stagnate. Today launches the 19th edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, produced by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall...
  • Wishing You Capitalism on Earth

    12/17/2012 4:36:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2012 | Katie Kieffer
    We wish each other "peace on earth." Wishing is not enough. We must act on this wish by promoting capitalism on earth. Too many people (including some religious leaders) are promoting the idea that re-distribution of wealth or “social justice” is the best way to foster peace. But Christians and Jews need only read the Old Testament to see that God condemns stealing and envy so much that he gave Moses commandments like: “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, and “You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.” And in the New Testament, Christ promoted capitalistic...
  • Tea partiers must hang tough

    12/15/2012 11:53:17 AM PST · by Perseverando · 8 replies
    WND ^ | December 14, 2012 | Star Parker
    Star Parker urges freedom-lovers to continue fight to restore America Now, suddenly, the tea party is everybody’s whipping boy. Liberals, in the wake of the election, gloat about what they see as liberalism’s return to the mainstream and cheer the end of the Republican “extremists.” And, despite the spin, which never stops in Washington, it is not accidental that four prominent tea-party congressmen have been purged from key committee posts by Speaker John Boehner. So as the Washington “establishment” cozies up to the mindset that a bloated, debt-ridden America can go on just fine as long as there is political...
  • Who Really Cares About the Poor?

    10/13/2012 3:40:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 15, 2012 | John C. Goodman
    Capitalism favors the rich. Socialism helps the poor. These are core beliefs of almost everybody on the left, including our president. Ah, but it turns out that this worldview is completely wrong. Economists associated with the Fraser Institute and the Cato Institute have actually found a way to measure "economic freedom" and investigate what difference it makes in 141 countries around the world. This work has been in progress for several decades now and the evidence is stark. Economies that rely on private property, free markets and free trade, and avoid high taxes, regulation and inflation, grow more rapidly than...
  • Can’t Promote Freedom Abroad as it Disappears at Home

    10/01/2012 3:29:57 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 1, 2012 | Star Parker
    Baseball player Yogi Berra once said “you can see a lot just by looking.” Simple wisdom, that President Obama is not likely to heed. In order to see you have to want to look at the truth that’s actually out there. With reality so different from how our president wishes to portray it, he has little interest in seeing things as they really are. The president delivered a “Kumbaya” appeal this past week to the current session of the United Nations General Assembly. The pitch, about peaceful resolution of disputes, tolerance, and free speech, was clearly aimed at Muslim nations....
  • The Declining Economic Freedom Of The United States

    09/25/2012 2:54:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/25/2012 | Tyler Durden
    The United States, long considered the standard bearer for economic freedom among large industrial nations, has experienced a remarkable plunge in economic freedom during the past decade. From 1980 to 2000, the US was generally rated the third freest economy in the world, ranking behind only Hong Kong and Singapore. The ranking of the US has fallen precipitously; from second in 2000 to eighth in 2005 and 19th in 2010. By 2009, the United States had fallen behind Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Chile, and Mauritius, countries that chose not to follow the path of massive growth in government financed by...
  • Canada ranked in Top 5 for economic freedom

    09/18/2012 4:33:41 AM PDT · by NorthernRight · 19 replies
    National Post ^ | Sept. 18, 2012 | Sarah Boesveld
    Canada ranked in Top 5 for economic freedom Sarah Boesveld, National Post · Sept. 18, 2012 | Last Updated: Sept. 18, 2012 3:02 AM ET Canada has taken its place among the Top 5 countries with the most economic freedom, according to a new Fraser Institute report - now leaps and bounds ahead of the United States thanks to the gradual shrinking of the Canadian government since the mid-1990s as America's just got bigger. The annual Economic Freedom of the World report, released Tuesday, has Canada tied in fifth place with Australia - up one spot from last year. Hong...
  • Romney is Right that Economic Liberty Works

    08/07/2012 7:26:28 PM PDT · by johnatures · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | August 3, 2012 | John A. Tures
    COMMENTARY | Mitt Romney's international excursion included gaffes over Anglo-Saxon heritage and Olympic insults in England, insulting the Palestinian culture in Israel, and getting a hostile reception from the freedom-loving trade union Solidarity aware of Romney's anti-labor stands. Lost in this forgettable foreign policy trip included one of Romney's best moments, when he touted the virtues of economic liberty in Poland. The only question is Romney's commitment to such freedom, which has been in decline throughout the Bush and Obama Administrations...
  • Letter from an American Father: Our Children Desperately Need Economic Freedom

    06/17/2012 8:19:52 AM PDT · by wewillnotcomply · 1 replies
    Economic Freedom ^ | 6/17/12 | Sam Patterson
    Full article here, Happy Father's Day everyone! Everyone has to decide how best to raise his own children, but I would submit one important element missing from what I’ve mentioned so far: In what shape are we leaving our society and our government for our kids to inherit?It is easy not to think about this as being an integral part of parenting, since these areas are not exactly in our control. You might think that since there are so many different opinions about how our government should behave that it is pointless to focus on it and instead trust that...
  • Romney, Obama and Economic Freedom

    03/21/2012 6:55:20 PM PDT · by johnatures · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John A. Tures
    ANALYSIS | A day before the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for "assaulting" economic freedom in a University of Chicago speech. Was he right? Using the style of Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and co-author of the book Freakonomics, I evaluate that claim by Romney. What is economic freedom? Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner, go beyond the politics, bias, and hubris to ask the questions and test the results. For example, what is economic freedom? The Cato Institute has come up with the Economic Freedom of the World...
  • Romney, Obama and Economic Freedom

    03/21/2012 6:55:05 PM PDT · by johnatures · 1+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 20, 2012 | John A. Tures
    ANALYSIS | A day before the Illinois primary, Mitt Romney delivered a blistering attack on President Barack Obama for "assaulting" economic freedom in a University of Chicago speech. Was he right? Using the style of Steven D. Levitt, a University of Chicago economist and co-author of the book Freakonomics, I evaluate that claim by Romney. What is economic freedom? Levitt and his co-author, Stephen J. Dubner, go beyond the politics, bias, and hubris to ask the questions and test the results. For example, what is economic freedom? The Cato Institute has come up with the Economic Freedom of the World...
  • Worldwide Economic Freedom Index Shows US Slipping

    03/02/2012 10:48:18 AM PST · by next media · 1 replies
    USBC News ^ | 2012-03-02 | USBC Wire
    Contributing the overall decline in worldwide economic freedom was the drop of the massive economy of the United States from 6th worldwide to 10th., in part due to the Obama administration creating the most rapid increase in debt in US history. This, combined with a lessening of property rights, such as the failure of the Democratic-led auto bailout restructuring team to honor the debt obligations of General Motors to its shareholders to push the US down in the index.
  • We’re Number Ten (Congratulations, America has slid to tenth place on the Index of Economic Freedom)

    01/13/2012 5:16:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/13/2012 | Deroy Murdock
    Good news! On economic freedom, America is in the global Top 10. Bad news: America is No. 10 — one blond hair ahead of Denmark. According to the 18th annual Index of Economic Freedom, released Thursday by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal, Hong Kong enjoys the earth’s freest economy. The Chinese Special Administrative Region invariably has topped this list since it began in 1995. No. 2 Singapore leads Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Mauritius, and Ireland. Agnostic on political freedom, the Index evaluates fiscal discipline, taxes, regulations, monetary policy, rule of law, corruption, and other measures...
  • "America's New Years Resolution: Fiscal Fitness"

    01/05/2012 1:44:44 PM PST · by Aspenhuskerette · 2 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | January 5, 2012 | Melanie Sturm
    Politicians are like New Year's revelers whose resolutions to get fit are as habitual as their unhealthy lifestyles. The most undisciplined merrymaker continually ups the weight-loss ante —10 pounds last year, 20 pounds this year — just as undisciplined politicians alleging fiscal prudence have upped their borrowing limit 4,967 percent since 1962, 67 percent since 2009. If you thought politicians were pummeled into fiscal restraint after last summer's debt-ceiling debacle, which led to America's credit downgrade by S&P, Think Again. In fact, 2011 ended with debt reaching the new limit of $15.22 trillion compelling Treasury to request another $1.2 trillion...
  • Triple Lutz Report--Maryland Becoming Millionaire Free Zone

    12/05/2011 12:44:07 PM PST · by appeal2 · 10 replies
    www.KerryLutz.com ^ | 12-5-2011 | Kerry Lutz
    Millionaire taxes wind up costing everyone more. Jay Hancock of the Baltimore Sun cannot understand why the State of Maryland is rapidly becoming devoid of the dreaded Millionaire. He can't fathom why a little thing like a 25% increase in Millionaire income taxes could possibly encourage wealthy citizens to flee the State for more Millionaire friendly climes. And Hancock is part of the problem. He, like his state's leadership, doesn't understand that self-employed high networth citizens are fleeing high tax jurisdictions all over the country. California, New York, New Jersey, Massachussets, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Illinois are all seeing these people...
  • To Increase Jobs, Increase Economic Freedom

    11/16/2011 4:44:32 AM PST · by MontaniSemperLiberi · 19 replies
    wsj ^ | NOVEMBER 16, 2011 | JOHN MACKEY
    Business is not a zero-sum game struggling over a fixed pie. Instead it grows and makes the total pie larger, creating value for all of its major stakeholders, including employees and communities. The success of economic freedom in increasing human prosperity, extending our life spans and improving the quality of our lives in countless ways is the most extraordinary global story of the past 200 years. Gross domestic product per capita has increased by a factor of 1,000% across the world and almost 2,000% in the U.S. during these last two centuries. In 1800, 85% of everyone alive lived on...
  • Working for Fun Is No Laughs in Market Capitalism

    11/10/2011 7:28:11 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 10, 2011 | Michael Barone
    Some of my friends in the conservative blogosphere have been ridiculing a New Yorker named Joe Therrien. I want to put in a good word for him. Therrien appears in the lead paragraph of a story in The Nation on Occupy Wall Street. He's an example, writer Richard Kim wants us to know, of the "creative types" ingeniously protesting capitalism. It's one of those no-violence-or-anti-Semitism-here-just-nifty-people articles you find not only in the avowedly leftish Nation but also in mainstream media. Conservative bloggers and commenters have been making fun of Therrien, who quit his job as a drama teacher in New...
  • Canada more economically free than the United States but [...] (partial title)

    09/24/2011 3:57:50 PM PDT · by Clive · 15 replies
    Fraser Institute ^ | 2011-09-20 | Fred McMahon
    TORONTO, ON — Canada has surpassed the United States for levels of economic freedom, according to a new report released today by the Fraser Institute, Canada’s leading public policy think-tank. Canada ranks sixth in the world for economic freedom with score of 7.81 while the United States fell to 10th overall with a score of 7.60, according to the Economic Freedom of the World: 2011 Annual Report. But Canada’s score actually decreased this year from 7.95 in 2010, part of an overall decline in levels of economic freedom around the globe. This year’s report shows that the average economic freedom...
  • Companies Leaving California in Record Numbers

    06/20/2011 8:15:07 AM PDT · by george76 · 31 replies
    CARPE DIEM ^ | June 17, 2011 | Mark J. Perry
    California currently ranks #49 among U.S. states for "business tax climate" (Tax Foundation) and #48 for for "economic freedom" (Mercatus). It shouldn't be any surprise then that companies are leaving the "Golden State" in record numbers this year (see chart above) for "golder pastures" and more business-friendly climates in other states.
  • Heritage Foundation's Index of Economic Freedom Top 10 for 2011

    01/14/2011 7:20:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Economic freedom is the fundamental right of every human to control his or her own labor and property. In an economically free society, individuals are free to work, produce, consume, and invest in any way they please, with that freedom both protected by the state and unconstrained by the state. Index of Economic Freedom World Rankings World Rank Country Index Year Overall Score Change from Previous Business Freedom Trade Freedom Fiscal Freedom Government Size Monetary Freedom Investment Freedom Financial Freedom Property Rights Freedom From Corruption Labor Freedom 1 Hong Kong 2011 89.7 0 98.7 90 93.3 89.6 87.1 90...
  • National Post editorial board: Canada is the true land of the free

    01/13/2011 12:48:36 PM PST · by USFRIENDINVICTORIA · 56 replies
    National Post ^ | January 12, 2011 | National Post editorial board
    When the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation began compiling their Index of Economic Freedom a decade ago, Canada consistently ranked behind the United States and other developed nations on such measurements as regulatory freedom, commitment to free trade, property rights and freedom from corruption. In this year’s rankings, however, we are ahead of the Americans: We’re sixth, they’re ninth. Why the change? Much of the switch in fortunes is the result of America’s decline since the global financial crisis began in 2008. But our own score jumped modestly from last year, as well. In part, the report tells...
  • Economic Freedoms Report Shows The US Taking Giant Step Backwards

    01/25/2010 9:05:46 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 4 replies · 258+ views
    The Lid/Heratige/NY Times ^ | 1/26/10 | The Lid
    For the 16th straight year, the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal have combined to produce a comparison of the freedom afforded by various economies across the world. Sadly this 2010 edition of the Index of Economic Freedom outlined the decline of the US economic freedoms and its effect on growth. Although still among the top 10, the United States just barely edged out Denmark (ninth) and Chile (10th) in the 2010 ranking. Because the data is based on numbers from July 2008 and June 2009, much of the bailout spending and increased regulation that took place in the...
  • U.S. ECONOMIC FREEDOM PLUNGES BEHIND CANADA, SAYS STUDY

    01/20/2010 11:09:08 PM PST · by TheFreedomPoster · 4 replies · 404+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | January 20, 2010 | Matthew Burke
    For the first time in the history of the Index for Economic Freedom, the United States is no longer in the top category of economically free countries and is even second in the North American region (behind Canada)...
  • U.S. Slips on Economic Freedom Index (now behind Australia, Ireland and New Zealand)

    02/23/2009 5:16:22 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 364+ views
    Seeking Alpha ^ | Feb 23,2009 | Carl T. Delfeld
    It is incredibly difficult in turbulent markets to look ahead with the big picture in mind. Let's give it a try. I have been following for some time the annual report on the Index of Economic Freedom published by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall Street Journal. It ranks countries based on a grading system that includes ten freedoms such as property rights protection, investment freedom, tax rates, government intervention in the economy, business freedom, freedom from corruption and monetary, fiscal and trade policy. The idea is not just to rank countries but to track movement both up and down...
  • Economics, Evidence, Enlightenment [We know what works and not. We just prefer to ignore the truth]

    02/06/2009 7:25:30 AM PST · by Tolik · 27 replies · 1,361+ views
    americanthinker.com ^ | February 06, 2009 | Randall Hoven
    With today's economy, wouldn't it be nice if we knew how to make an economy grow? To know what works and what doesn't? Well, we do. We just prefer to ignore the truth.What works is economic freedom. What doesn't work is more government. I'm sorry that those words sound simplistic and like Republican "ideology" (or at least what used to be Republican ideology - before the Bailout Fairy arrived). But they have the benefit of being true. If you were to start from scratch, ignoring all ideology and going simply by the evidence of what produces prosperity, you would come...
  • Why Africa Needs Economic Freedom

    02/18/2008 7:45:40 AM PST · by Ed Hudgins · 8 replies · 141+ views
    The A ^ | 2/18/08 | Edward Hudgins
    ehudgins@atlassociety.org As he departed for a tour of Africa, President George W. Bush said the United States rejects "the paternalist notion that treats African countries as charity cases." I wish he would reject the paternalist notions of his own administration that treats American citizens as charity cases. No matter, let's consider that impoverished continent for a moment. Bush said, "I'm going to witness the generosity of the America people firsthand. It will give me a chance to remind our fellow citizens about what a compassionate people we are." Of course, the foreign aid taken from American taxpayers by the U.S....
  • Estonia: What Is Behind Economic Success?

    09/09/2007 3:39:58 AM PDT · by vahet pole · 21 replies · 756+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | September 6, 2007
    September 6, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- The Economic Freedom Network, a global association of research and educational institutes, has just issued its annual report, which rates only one former communist country among the world's top nations with policies that support economic freedom. That country is Estonia. The report has high praise for Estonia, whose economy grew by over 11 percent in 2006. It notes that Estonia performed better not only in comparison with its Baltic neighbors, Latvia and Lithuania, but also placed ahead of countries like France and Germany -- not to mention Belgium, Ukraine, or Russia, which are near the...
  • Ireland is world's seventh freest economy - report (HK is #1, USA #4 in WSJ / Heritage report)

    01/16/2007 7:42:45 AM PST · by Stoat · 44 replies · 1,888+ views
    The Irish Times ^ | January 16, 2007 | David Labanyi
      Ireland is world's seventh freest economy - report David LabanyiIreland's economy has been ranked seventh in a survey of the world's freest economies.The finding came in the latest Index of Economic Freedom survey for 2007, conducted by the Wall Street Journal  and The Heritage Foundation.Using new methodological detail, Ireland is ranked 2nd out of 41 countries in the European region, behind only the United Kingdom, with a score of 81.3 per cent - much higher than the regional average.The authors identify labour freedom as Ireland's weakest area. "As in many other European nations, generous labour laws mean that employment...
  • Cal Thomas: The Other Milton Friedman

    11/21/2006 9:43:08 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 560+ views
    Tribune Media Services ^ | November 22, 2006 | Cal Thomas
    The death last week of Milton Friedman, "the grandmaster of free-market economic theory," as The New York Times accurately labeled him, ended a great life. But there was another Milton Friedman many obituary writers overlooked, or mentioned only in passing, that may offer him an even greater legacy than his economic theories about limited government. In the last 10 years of his 94-year life, Friedman and his wife, Rose, dedicated themselves to school choice. They viewed school choice as a companion to economic freedom. Through the Milton and Rose D. Friedman Foundation they enthusiastically promoted school choice as a means...
  • Economist Milton Friedman has died.

    11/16/2006 9:22:30 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 251 replies · 9,194+ views
    BREAKING NEWS: Economist Milton Friedman has died. Full story to follow shortly.
  • Europe's success story Here come the Irish

    06/05/2006 4:17:47 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 35 replies · 1,051+ views
    Waterbury Republican-American ^ | June 4, 2006 | Editorial
    Amid the murky gray of Europe's economic doldrums, an emerald-green bright spot shines: Ireland. Over the past decade, unemployment has fallen from about 15 percent to 4.4 percent. Help-wanted ads fill the newspapers, and for the first time since the Potato Famine, even the Irish are returning home: 130,000 from the United States alone over the last five years. Most of the immigrants are highly educated, and instead of fretting about a brain drain, Ireland publicly boasts of a "brain gain." Its per capita gross domestic product, $37,738, is the highest in the European Union. The reason: Ireland has chosen...
  • Docklands emerges as 'brain gain' capital [Ireland's low taxes attract investors and employers]

    06/01/2006 6:05:01 AM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies · 396+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 31, 2006 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    DUBLIN, Ireland - For decades, the mildewed brick and decay of Dublin's derelict Docklands were the last thing many Irish emigrants saw of their homeland before they boarded the ferry to Britain in search of work. These days, the place is being transformed into a land of rare opportunity — and a powerful magnet for ambitious people from around the world. The new Docklands — where scores of cranes feed the frenzy for new hotels and gleaming office blocks — offer a vibrant microcosm of Ireland's rise from Europe's emigration black spot to its "brain gain" capital. Poles, Iranians, Swedes,...
  • The 2006 Index of Economic Freedom

    01/04/2006 8:15:59 AM PST · by grundle · 17 replies · 598+ views
    The 2006 Index of Economic Freedom measures 161 countries against a list of 50 independent variables divided into 10 broad factors of economic freedom. Low scores are more desirable. The higher the score on a factor, the greater the level of government interference in the economy and the less economic freedom a country enjoys.
  • Free Trade Free-Fall (President Bush tries to open up markets without much help from Europe)

    10/18/2005 3:46:50 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 401+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 18, 2005 | Irwin M. Stelzer
    PRESIDENT BUSH decided to turn the protectionist tide that has been rising for some months, during which time the protectionists have had a good run. They have forced the United States and the European Union to restrict apparel and textile imports from China, and managed to stall progress in reaching key trade-opening agreements before the crucial December meeting of the World Trade Organization in Hong Kong.So the president decided to make a dramatic offer--a major reduction in trade-distorting agricultural subsidies. America has offered to cut by 60 percent the $19.1 billion it spends on agricultural subsidies if the E.U. will...
  • The New Order in New Europe

    09/26/2005 3:08:03 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 1,108+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 26, 2005 | MATTHEW KAMINSKI
    WARSAW -- In Mitteleuropa, the roles have reversed. The boring, steady Germans last Sunday opted for political chaos by failing to elect a government. A week later, the passionate but messy Poles expressed no ambivalence in picking a clean slate of leaders. Polish former communists were chucked out after a single term, keeping alive a losing streak for incumbents dating back to the birth of democratic Poland. The fresh Polish twist is found in the victor's camp. Two conservative parties built a majority around the very ideas that Angela Merkel and her center-right allies failed to sell Germans on. Law...
  • U.S. Falls out of the Index of Economic Freedom's Top 10

    01/06/2005 11:58:17 AM PST · by AdamSelene235 · 17 replies · 2,247+ views
    Heritage Foundation-Dow Jones ^ | JAN. 4, 2005 | Jim Weidman Robert Christie
    WASHINGTON, JAN. 4, 2005—For the first time ever, the United States does not rank among the world’s 10 freest economies in the Index of Economic Freedom, published annually by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal. The United States’ score in the 2005 Index, did not change from 2004. But improvements in the economies of Chile, Australia and Iceland enabled all three to surpass the United States, leaving it in a tie for 12th with Switzerland and out of the top 10 for the first time in the 11-year history of the Index. “The United States is resting on...