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  • Canada Advances in the World Cup of Economic Freedom

    While many parts of the globe celebrate the 2010 World Cup, Canada is quietly showing off its competitive edge in another world cup by advancing policies that promote freer trade and economic freedom. Canadian lawmakers recently scored a nice goal by approving a free trade pact with Colombia, a move … More

    The Link Between Economic Freedom, Opportunity, and Recovery

    In a rather confessional tone, Jeffrey Sachs declared in his recent op-ed: The global fiscal stimulus championed last year by the Obama administration is coming undone, repudiated by the same Group of 20 that endorsed it last year. Now, against a backdrop of a widening sovereign debt crisis, we need … More

    Freer Trade is Key to a Cleaner Environment and Green Growth

    In remarks on World Environment Day, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, pointed out that, “Trade opening has much to contribute in the fight against climate change and to the protection of the environment.” Indeed, the most practical improvements in energy efficiency and protecting the environment … More

    Rwanda's Entrepreneurial Uprising

    Remember Hotel Rwanda?  That movie depicts the true story of a man fighting impossible odds to save everyone he could during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. Hotel Rwanda was a symbol of desperate hope for survival. Almost two decades later, by contrast, Rwanda has many symbols of hope for a … More

    Free Trade: Key to Job Creation

    Trade critics charge that free trade damages U.S. firms and workers. It’s true that individuals can experience trade-related job loss.  Balanced against that, however,  must be the overall gains in U.S. employment and productivity that stem from an open trading environment.  Indeed, free trade fosters economic efficiency, which is the … More

    Economic Freedom Propels Job Creation

    Economic freedom boosts job growth, as the Heritage Foundation’s 2010 Index of Economic Freedom empirically demonstrates. Now, there is more evidence in a state-level study just released by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, “Economic Freedom and Employment Growth in the U.S. States.” According to the Fed research, “states … More

    Economic Freedom: Key to Post-Conflict Recovery

    In his latest article in Foreign Affairs, Carl J. Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, calls for “expeditionary economics” a new strategy for reconstructing economies of post-conflict countries. Pointing out that the current U.S. Army Stability Operations field manual “epitomizes the central-planning mindset that prevails in … More

    Economic Freedom Matters!

    Richard Florida, who is the author of “The Rise of Creative Class,” posed the following vital questions in his recent article “Free, Tolerant, and Happy” in The Atlantic: To what extent is economic freedom associated with tolerance and happiness? Are freer nations also more tolerant? Are their residents happier than … More

    Upholding Our Birthright of Economic Freedom

    Professor Stephen Bainbridge, who is the William D. Warren Professor of Law at UCLA, shares the following insight on economic freedom: I’m happy to acknowledge that the free market economy has produced profound blessings. But I’m not willing to swap my birthright of economic freedom for a “PDA” (how technologically … More

    A Trade Deal that Symbolizes Freedom and Democracy

    An April 12 article in the Washington Post poses a timely question concerning one of our longtime friends:  “In a world of dangerously failed states and willful challengers to American leadership, South Korea is an astoundingly successful democracy that wants to be friends. But will America say yes?” At the … More