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    Rumsfeld on Economic Freedom

    Concluding The Heritage Foundation’s fifth annual Protect America Month series, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld shared his insights on why a free-market system that promotes economic freedom is critical to ensuring America’s prosperity and security. In an interview with Dr. Edwin Feulner, former president of The Heritage Foundation, Rumsfeld … More

    Anniversary of U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Solidifying a Partnership for the Future

    May 15th marks the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the U.S.–Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Over the past 12 months, a growing number of businesses in both countries have taken action to capitalize on the expanded opportunities for the free flow of products, services, and ideas created by the … More

    To Prevent Another Factory Tragedy, Bangladesh Should Embrace Economic Freedom

    Over the past two weeks, the world has looked on in shock and horror as the mangled bodies of Bangladeshi garment workers were pulled from the rubble of their collapsed factory. To date, over 600 people have been killed. So far, much of the blame has been directed at the … More

    How Do Nations Succeed? With Economic Freedom

    It’s often easy to forget where we’ve been on the journey to where we’re going. In America, the foundation of our society and the source of our wealth and prosperity are firmly rooted in the principles of economic freedom. Markets are the most powerful force in the world for defeating … More

    Obama in Mexico: Change the Reality, Not the Conversation

    President Obama will be visiting Mexico City on May 2–4, where he will meet with his counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto. Both leaders have made clear that they want to change the conversation and not let runaway violence and Mexico’s persistent security crisis, which has claimed over 60,000 lives since 2006, … More

    Venezuela Presidential Election: Continuing the Chavez Decline

    Voters go to the polls on Sunday, April 14, to elect Venezuela’s next president. Snap elections followed the March 5 death of the authoritarian populist Hugo Chavez. It appears likely that voters will choose Nicolas Maduro, interim president, and Chavez’s handpicked successor, over opposition candidate Henrique Capriles. A dying Chavez … More

    Heritage Analysts: What We Saw in Venezuela

    The situation encountered by Heritage analysts on the ground in Venezuela last week was of a country that has been looted and is falling apart—literally and figuratively. The once thriving nightlife of downtown Caracas is but a distant memory. These days the streets are deserted, surrendered to gangsters and narcotraffickers. … More

    Conservative Chileans Appreciated Margaret Thatcher

    The death of Margaret Thatcher received extensive media coverage in Chile, proving that the “Dama de Hierro” (“Iron Lady”) is still capable of stirring powerful emotions among Chileans—of irritation among her opponents and admiration from her supporters. Her passing occurred while Heritage economic experts were in Santiago to present results … More

    Trade Agreements Can Advance Economic Freedom

    The United States is currently engaged in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations designed to reduce barriers to international trade and investment. The latest text from these negotiations shows how trade agreements, if properly designed and implemented, help advance economic freedom around the world. Among other things, the draft text calls … More

    Income Inequality and Life Expectancy

    Recently The Washington Post published an article claiming that the “widening gap in life expectancy” among America’s seniors “reflects perhaps the starkest outcome of our nation’s growing income inequality.” Income inequality has become an absolute evil that can be blamed for anything terrible in this world. From slowing down the … More