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    What Bitcoin Tells Us About Economic Freedom

    Chinese regulators are cracking down on Bitcoin, the anonymous open-source virtual currency. Officials at China’s central bank announced this week that they were banning all third-party payment processors from accepting Bitcoin, effectively shutting down the exchanges they are sold on. This is nothing new. Regulators have been interested in Bitcoin … More

    Ecuador: Chevron Trial Illustrates Poor Investment Climate

    Press coverage of the just-concluded testimony phase of a racketeering trial in a New York federal court provides an excellent recent illustration of the behind-the-scenes maneuvering by President Rafael Correa of Ecuador and his government that has created disillusionment and a climate of mistrust among international investors. Two years ago … More

    Did Argentina’s Lack of Economic Freedom Influence the Views of Pope Francis?

    Next month, The Heritage Foundation will send a brand-new copy of the 2014 Index of Economic Freedom to the Vatican in hopes that Pope Francis and other senior church officials concerned with economic growth policies will take into consideration its findings in their future studies. Samuel Gregg of the Acton … More

    Pope Francis and America’s Obligations to the Poor

    Americans are a generous and conscientious people, concerned with making sure that no one falls through the cracks and that everyone is given a fair shot at leading a thriving life. This is, perhaps, one reason why Pope Francis’s recent call for all of us to remember our obligations to … More

    Tea Party Supporters Should Continue to Back Free Trade

    Recent media reports have questioned whether “Tea Party” members support free trade. Historically, the record is clear: Tea partiers were America’s original free traders. In 1773, American colonists dumped 340 chests of tea into the Boston Harbor rather than pay tariffs on imported tea. Less than three years later, signers … More

    Promoting Economic Freedom in Asia: Time for Secretary Lew to Step Up

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is touring Asia this week. He will visit Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam and end with a much-anticipated visit to China. What should he be promoting while meeting with high-level officials in the region? Well, economic freedom, of course. Asia is home to some of … More

    Wal-Mart and Economic Freedom in India

    Wal-Mart recently decided to part ways with the Indian firm Bharti, thus ending its efforts to penetrate India. The breakdown in cooperation between the Indian and American firms highlights some of the hardships that businesses face when considering operating in India. Due to strict foreign direct investment (FDI) regulations, undeveloped … More

    Brazil’s Internet: A Showdown of Ends and Means

    Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff wants to free Brazil’s Internet access from U.S. domination. Rousseff and the Brazilian government seek to accomplish this “cyber sovereignty” by strong-arming U.S. companies into establishing local data centers, laying a new fiber-optic link from Brazil through South Africa to Asia, and partnering with Russia on … More

    New Report on Why Social + Economic Conservatism Succeeds

    Politico is highlighting a new report released yesterday by the American Principles Project (APP) that shows a majority of Americans support social conservatism. APP argues that a unified social and economic conservative platform is a winning electoral strategy. In the 2012 election, for example, in all four states that had … More

    Four Charts on How Economic Freedom Makes Your Life Better

    Political gridlock, the government shutdown, and Obamacare are making Americans gloomy. But, largely thanks to economic freedom and the free-market system, things aren’t so bad after all. Americans are currently healthier than at any time in history, live in cleaner environments than most of the world, and have access to … More