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    U.S. Falls in World Economic Competitiveness Rankings

    The United States’ competitive edge in the global economy is not what it used to be. The World Economic Forum (WEF) reported that the U.S. dropped from fifth to seventh place—the fourth consecutive year it has fallen in the rankings. Chief among the reasons is the one-two punch of skyrocketing … More

    Time to Restore America's Rule of Law

    In his recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, Professor David Skeel of the University of Pennsylvania Law School pointed out: No one doubts that the coming election will be the most important referendum on the size and nature of government in a generation. But another issue is nearly as important and … More

    O Canada: Riding High on Greater Economic Freedom

    A recent Canadian study examining average household wealth in Canada and the U.S. reported something quite shocking. According to the study, the average Canadian has a net worth of $363,202, compared to $319,970 for the average American. While headline writers have touted this as a vindication of socialism, the reality … More

    Facebook Billionaire Flees America for Lower-Taxed Shores

    Facebook’s much-vaunted initial public offering is on the horizon and promises to shower a few lucky individuals with millions if not billions of dollars. One of those Facebookers is the company’s billionaire co-founder Eduardo Saverin, who renounced his U.S. citizenship ahead of the IPO, potentially reducing his tax burden. Saverin, … More

    Economic Freedom Is Surging in Chile

    With a score of 78.3 in the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom published by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, Chile is now the seventh economically freest nation in the world (out of 179 countries ranked) and is number one in all of Latin America. Its overall score … More

    Out of Portugal to Mozambique in Pursuit of Greater Economic Dynamism

    “Crazy!” A decade ago, that was the reaction to the idea of moving from Portugal to Mozambique. Now the idea seems not so crazy after all. According to a recent Financial Times article, a growing number of Portuguese—including lawyers, architects, and engineers—have chosen to head to quickly growing Mozambique in … More

    To Empower Women, U.N. Should Promote Freedom

    This week, the U.N. will celebrate International Women’s Day during its annual meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The focus of the 2012 gathering is “the empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication, development and current challenges.” Prior to the actual … More

    Heritage Libertad Radio: Rep. Frank Wolf, Economic Freedom, More

    Be sure to listen to our Heritage Libertad Radio Show. Click here to listen in Spanish. Click here to listen in English. The Spanish segment kicks off with a discussion of Iranian President Ahmadinejad’s recent trip to South America. We continue with an interview with Heritage expert Jim Roberts, to … More

    VIDEO: James Roberts on Heritage's Index of Economic Freedom

    The 2012 Index of Economic Freedom was released last week by The Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Wall Street Journal. This year’s Index highlighted some worrisome trends as economic freedom declined worldwide and the United States dropped to #10 in the rankings. Reason.tv sat down with Heritage’s James Roberts … More

    In Europe, Reducing Spending Necessary, but Not Sufficient, to Restore Economic Freedom

    If the 2012 edition of Heritage’s Index of Economic Freedom has bad news for the United States, the news for Europe is not much better. The 43 nations of the European region did manage to lose less economic freedom than did the United States, but a decline is still a … More