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    New Zealand: A Renewed Commitment to Freedom

    Many Americans would recognize New Zealand’s dramatic landscape from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, and more recently, The Hobbit – especially the idyllic free country known as The Shire, a place that survives the turmoil around it by remaining courageously true to its principles. Perhaps even more dramatic … More

    Morning Bell: Stop Meeting with the U.N. on Climate Change

    Two days ago, the 18th United Nations conference on climate change wrapped up. As they did at the previous 17 conferences, developing nations demanded that the United States and other developed countries pay them for the climate’s effects. In short, the joke’s on us. And these U.N. conferences are becoming … More

    New Zealand: Rivers Are People, Too

    Homer’s epic The Iliad tells the story of Achilles’s near-fatal encounter with the Xanthus River. After Achilles slays many Trojans in the river, the river rises up in the Trojans’ defense, nearly killing Achilles in the ensuing struggle. While Homer took poetic license in his personification of the river, New … More

    America's Regulatory Competiveness Continues to Lag

    According to the World Bank’s just-released Doing Business 2013—which looks into various reform measures to rank 185 economies on the ease of doing business—the United States continues to trail Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. The only surprise is that the U.S. didn’t drop further in the rankings. According to … More

    Chart of the Week: How Countries Compare on Economic Freedom

    Heritage and the Wall Street Journal released the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom on Thursday, ranking 179 countries on 10 benchmarks that gauge their economic success. This year Heritage introduced a new interactive feature that gives you the opportunity to create a comparative graph. This week’s chart shows how the … More

    Washington in a Flash: So Long Shuttle

    NASA’s shuttle program came to an end yesterday when Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Center after a 13-day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis, which embarked on its first mission in 1985, spent 307 days in space and traveled nearly 126 million miles during its 33 flights. … More

    Not Dead Yet: Predictions of Religion's Extinction Miss the Mark

    In 1966, God was pronounced dead. More recently, it was determined that God is back. But now a team of researchers has put him on the endangered species list. “Religion may become extinct in nine nations,” says a BBC headline today reporting on a presentation made at the American Physical … More

    Cap and Trade is About Status – Not the Environment

    In economics, signaling to convey information about can come in a variety of forms. You can signal in job interviews by what you reveal on your resume; you can signal to people just by the type of car you drive. In New Zealand, the parliamentary committee is suggesting the country … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    While liberals in Congress are turning away from free trade with Colombia, South Korea, Peru, and Panama, China is busy inking deals with the rest of the world. The International Herald Tribune reports: New Zealand’s Parliament on Thursday passed into law the first bilateral free trade deal between China and … More