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    Uncovering America's Economic Weaknesses

    For generations, people worldwide who yearn for freedom have looked to the United States. Here, every citizen can speak his mind, pursue his passion and exercise other God-given liberties that are unjustly denied many others around the globe. That doesn’t mean we’re above reproach in all areas of freedom, though. … More

    Taiwan: The Connection Between Economic Performance and Security

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of The Heritage Foundation/Wall Street Journal’s Index of Economic Freedom. It also marks the 35th year of a piece of legislation near and dear to the mission of The Heritage Foundation—the Taiwan Relations Act. Taiwan last year had one of the largest increases in … More

    2014 Index of Economic Freedom: Five Points You Should Know

    The 20th anniversary edition of the Index of Economic Freedom, published jointly by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal, was released on January 14, 2014 in Hong Kong and Washington, DC. Here are five key points you should take away. The 2014 Index, our 20th anniversary edition, shows … More

    Rand Paul Address United States' Decline in Economic Freedom

    Senator Rand Paul decried the Obama administration today when speaking about economic freedom. “For a pro-choice party, this is the most anti-choice administration we’ve seen in a lifetime,” Kentucky GOP senator Paul says. Paul spoke at an event today launching The Wall Street Journal and Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Index of … More

    Rand Paul Speaks on U.S. Decline in Economic Freedom

    This year, the United States continued to lose ground to its competitors in the global race to advance economic freedom and prosperity. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) visits Heritage today at 11 a.m. ET to address the decline, which has occurred mostly on President Obama’s watch. The U.S. score has declined … More

    This Is Not a Ranking We Should Be Proud Of

    Would you want to live in a country that is losing freedom? How about a country that has lost ground in property rights and become more corrupt? If you’re an American, you’re living there. The 20th anniversary edition of the Index of Economic Freedom reveals that the United States has … More

    Murder of Beauty Queen Highlights Violence in Venezuela

    Over the holiday, beauty queen Monica Spears and her husband were gunned down while visiting her home country of Venezuela. The couple was traveling with their five-year-old daughter when their car broke down. As they waited for help, armed robbers assaulted the family. While the child survived with only a … More

    In Cristina Kirchner’s Argentina, Christmas Shoppers Are Muscled Aside by Looters

    Earlier this month, widespread looting broke out in “at least 19 of Argentina’s 23 provinces” when mobs took advantage of strikes by police demanding pay raises to match inflation” by “shattering glass doors and stealing everything from mattresses and mobile phones to prams and beer,” according to news reports in … 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