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    Property Rights: Key to Generating Wealth and Stability

    “Confronting Egypt is a festering economic crisis that threatens to shatter that nation’s [already] fragile social peace and alter political orientation. For too many years Cairo has postponed sorely needed structural economic reforms.” These words are a somber assessment given to Egypt’s lack of institutional reform by The Heritage Foundation … More

    Tunisia: In Search of Economic Freedom

    Several weeks ago, Tunisia began what has become a trail of protests and uprisings in the Arab world. Tunisia had a number of characteristics that leant it to uprising, including empowered and educated people and few economic prospects for those people. The country needs improved economic freedom. Tunisia in recent … More

    Who Really Likes Freedom? People Who Aren’t Free

    The French Institute of Public Opinion recently asked people in several countries whether the market system and capitalism work quite well and should be retained or if they are malfunctioning and should be abandoned. By a four-to-one margin, Americans believe the market system should be retained. Overall, 55 percent believe … More

    Greater Economic Freedom Is Key to Egypt’s Future

    Ordinary people in Egypt are calling for greater economic freedom. In fact, “people power” has risen against government corruption and the lack of meaningful reform progress. The stagnant economy has long kept many of Egypt’s 80 million citizens deprived of economic opportunity. Particularly, the young in Egypt have been increasingly … More

    Americans Believe Trade Is Rather a Good Thing

    Reports that Americans are becoming increasingly hostile to trade are greatly exaggerated. The French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) recently polled people in several countries to compare their attitudes on trade and economics. Asked whether international trade is good for the United States or bad, Americans were 50 percent more … More

    Mr. President, Being Innovative Requires Greater Economic Freedom

    In his State of the Union address, President Obama used innovation as one of the key words in elaborating his vision for America’s economic future. He embraced the word quite often during his speech, mentioning “innovation” eight times. If other variations of the word, such as innovate and innovative, are … More

    How Federal Spending Undercuts Economic Freedom

    Join Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Heritage experts to hear what those cuts may mean for economic freedom, how greater economic freedom can improve the State of the Union, and what policy initiatives can help the U.S. regain the level of economic freedom that made it the most prosperous nation … More

    Colombia’s Stride Toward Greater Freedom

    Colombia has unmistakably made political and economic transformation over the past years. As pointed out by Freedom House, in a world where authoritarianism is advancing and electoral democracy is unfortunately recoiling, Colombia has made notable improvements that make the country stand out against such a trend. Along with its free … More

    Government Spending vs Economic Growth

    The Wall Street Journal reports: “President Barack Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address Tuesday … Mr. Obama will argue that the U.S., even while trying to reduce its budget deficit, must make targeted investments to foster job … More

    Secession Is Just the First Step: Southern Sudan’s Road to Development

    The referendum for southern Sudan’s independence, which began on January 9, reached the necessary 60% participation a few days ago. Official results will not be released for a couple of weeks, but an overwhelming “yes” vote is a safe assumption. The referendum is a momentous step; as the capstone to … More