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    Georgia Fails to Pass Civil Forfeiture Reform

    Civil forfeiture has gained prominence as a tool to combat the drug trade; however, its targets can be as mundane as motorists or as industrious as independent grocers. Civil forfeiture abuse is a real problem, and many states are considering reforming these laws to protect innocent people who too often … More

    Ukrainians and Venezuelans Demand What Their Neighbors Have: Economic Freedom

    The images flashing around the world of courageous freedom fighters in the streets of Kyiv, Caracas, and other cities and towns in Ukraine and Venezuela are compelling. Why are these people risking their lives? For freedom, that’s why. And how do they know they don’t have it? Because they can … 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

    Help! The Government Took My Property

    What if government officials took your property and told you that they could keep it—even if you had done nothing wrong? That’s exactly what happened to Terry Dehko, a victim of civil asset forfeiture. Dehko is an immigrant owner of a grocery store who fled to the U.S. to escape … More

    Obama’s MCC Rewards Bad Behavior in El Salvador

    Last week, the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) approved a five-year, $277 million foreign aid compact with El Salvador. But, as Mary O’Grady reports in The Wall Street Journal, since the ruling FMLN party came to power in 2009, El Salvador has become poorer, less democratic, and less free. … More

    Apple vs. Samsung: Why Is the Obama Administration Involved?

    Apple and Samsung have been fighting over cell phone patents for a while. Samsung won a round in June when the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in its favor on certain patents, blocking sale of some older Apple products. The Obama Administration last week overturned the ruling. The Administration … More

    Accounting for Facts While Courting Vietnam

    Fact: When the United States negotiates trade agreements with countries that oppress their people, the opportunity exists to liberalize institutions and ultimately create political reform—provided we have leadership with the vision to do so. Seeking economic growth, the government of Vietnam is slowly liberalizing key economic sectors. Vietnam’s inclusion in … More

    Egypt: Egyptians Want Greater Economic Freedom Before Democracy

    For many ordinary Egyptians, fixing the economy is key. They are demanding a functioning economy that works under the rule of law. In fact, protesters have been demanding greater economic freedom, not necessarily greater democracy. Recognizing the critical distinction between these two cannot be overemphasized. In his thought-provoking chapter featured … More

    Young Africans Need Economic Freedom, Not Lectures About Climate Change

    Speaking to students during his recent trip to Africa, President Obama said that “if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over—unless we find new … More

    India On Path to Property Rights

    The right to own property is a given in much of the world. Although Indian citizens can own property, that right is limited and legally tenuous. In fact, the vast majority of the land is owned by the state. Barun Mitra of the Liberty Institute in India is doing everything … More