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    Corruption In India: People Or The State?

    Corruption is again dominating the news in India. Long-standing issues, such as broad attempts to avoid taxes, have simmered back to the surface and been joined by new accusations against the wealthy, major companies, and the government. Scandals have crossed finance, property, and telecom. Crimes have been committed and the … More

    Morning Bell: When Will Our Progressive Corporatism Nightmare End?

    $154 billion. That is the amount of taxpayer money that will be needed to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac according to a new “stress test” performed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. And that is the good news. If the economy dips into a second recession and foreclosures … More

    A Free Market Solution to Helping the World’s Poor

    A featured op-ed in The Wall Street Journal last week documented the recent, surprising successes of Bangladesh. Henry Kissinger dubbed it a “basket-case” at its inception. It has little economic freedom, and many in the international community saw little hope for it, but it has made some large achievements in … More

    Is the U.S. Still the Land of Opportunity?

    The Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI) report by researchers at the Small Business Administration shows that the U.S. may be slipping in its ability to sustain productive entrepreneurship relative to other countries. Entrepreneurship plays a critical role in the formation of any economy; it is the critical agent in … More

    Advance Competitiveness Through Economic Freedom

    Early this year, The Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom reported that the U.S. economy is no longer in the top tier of economically free countries and runs the risk of falling further behind. This disappointing news is vividly echoed in World Economic Forum’s just-released study, Global Competitiveness Report 2010-2011. … More

    Morning Bell: End Crony Capitalism

    At 300 East 23rd Street in the exclusive Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan, where to get into parts of the park you need a key granted just to residents, a new 98-unit luxury apartment complex has been built with an outdoor movie theater and panoramic city views. The problem is … More

    Time to Reclaim Our Economic Future

    Now that the congressional money tree has bloomed again, this time in the form of new stimulus money for the states, we are faced with the question of whether the federal government will ever learn self-control. Federal government spending has exploded over the last two years, causing unsustainable debt that … More

    Fences and Neighbors

    When the grass really is greener on the other side, it’s natural for people to want to cross the border. This is the crux of the illegal immigration debate raging in the United States. Mexican nationals desiring greater prosperity go to tremendous lengths to cross the border into a country … More

    Winning the War on Poverty: Reevaluating the UN Millennium Development Goals

    The United States spent $28.7 billion dollars in 2009 on official development assistance, more than any other country in the world. There is no denying that many people in poor nations live in desperate conditions and Americans rightly want to help them improve their lives. In an effort to measure … More

    Promoting Economic Freedom Is the Best Foreign Aid

    The new U.K. coalition government’s strong ongoing support for foreign aid may be one area where it is out of touch with the British electorate. According to a recent poll, the British public identifies foreign aid as one of the top three priorities for spending cuts. Nearly half the respondents … More