Both Sides: Reducing Poverty

DID BRAZIL FIND THE SOLUTION TO POVERTY? BETTER THAN CHARITY AVAILABLE RESOURCES

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New Hope

Nova Esperança (New Hope) is one of Brazil’s many favelas. The people who live here are independent, enterprising, and capable, but their legal circumstances hold them back from truly escaping poverty. Favelas are built on government land, and the lack of property rights for those who live there means government forces can and do regularly displace families and destroy their homes. Together with Students For Liberty Brasil (SFL Brasil), ...

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The Questionable Economics of Foreign Aid - HumanProgress

In 2015, David Cameron’s government enshrined in law the UK’s commitment to spend 0.7 per cent of its gross national income on foreign aid each year. Ahead of last month’s general election, Theresa May reaffirmed Cameron’s commitment, which amounted to over 13 billion pounds in 2016. “Let’s be clear,” May said, “the 0.7 per cent commitment remains and will remain.” British charities, including Save the Children, Oxfam, ...

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Hijacking Liberalism: Spencer’s The Man Versus the State

Liberalism was once about repealing laws, now it is about making laws. That the way in which we use the word “liberalism” mutated with time is beyond question. In the 20th century, “liberalism,” particularly in the U.S., overcame the idea of the sanctity of contracts between freely agreeing parties. Joseph Schumpeter once observed that the enemies of the system of free enterprise paid it an unintended compliment as they hijacked the ...

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Saving and poverty: How savings banks and credit unions help prevent poverty

Saving and poverty: How savings banks and credit unions help prevent poverty colette.lark January 12, 2022 - 9:16am Start Date Thu, 05/19/2022 - 12:00 Introduction Text Developing a culture of saving is key to poverty prevention, as it encourages self-help, prudence, independence, and personal responsibility. We'll consider how local, self-governed, voluntary savings associations and banks encourage these virtues. We'll also look at some ...

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What Do the Numbers Show about Global Deforestation? - HumanProgress

Trees are icons of nature and significant carbon sinks, so anyone interested in climate change is invested in the fate of forests. In recent weeks, Hannah Ritchie of Our World in Data has written several articles on deforestation. She had occasion to write on the subject because the quinquennial United Nations report Global Forest Resource Assessment (GFRA) was just released. It was filled with data and nuanced analysis on the State of the ...

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Melting Pot: How Immigrants Enrich Culture And Integrate To America Society

Does immigration to the United States change American culture? Are immigrants more or less patriotic than natives? Is it easier or harder for immigrants to assimilate in the 2020s than it was in the 1920s? Economic writer and researcher Daniel DiMartino was born in Venezuela but now lives in the US. In Part 1 of Learn Liberty’s immigration series, “Why Should Conservatives Embrace Immigration?” he tackled the stereotypical narratives ...

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On Keeping the Peace

"My thesis, in simplest terms, is: Let anyone do anything he pleases, so long as it is peaceful."

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2021 Liberty Forum Cornerstone Talks: Antonella Marty

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2021 Liberty Forum Cornerstone Talks: Simon Lee

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Marxism in Latin America: A Brief History

The history of Marxism (and its offspring, Communism) in Latin America is a sordid one. Many of its brutal dictators, including Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Pedro Castillo, have used the Marxist doctrine as a stepstool to power. But, as this video argues, those dictators only succeeded in plunging their countries into poverty — as Marxism promises to do anywhere its ideas are adopted. Take Cuba, for example. It enjoyed a relatively high ...

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Freedom Dinner 2021

Atlas Network convened our annual Freedom Dinner at loanDepot park in Miami, Florida, on Dec. 14, 2021. With special appearances from Yotuel, Mario Vargas Llosa, and many others, it was night few will forget. #LFFD21From: Atlas Network

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Choice, Coercion, and Bastiat

A friend who read Charley Hooper’s and my recent Wall Street Journal article, “Coercion Made the Pandemic Worse,” December 27, 2021, which I blogged about here, sent it to his son. His son, who’s a fan of Frederic Bastiat, told his dad that our point in the first paragraph reminded him of this paragraph from Bastiat’s famous book The Law: Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between ...

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The Rise of Socialism Means ‘Friedmanomics’ Is Needed Now More Than Ever

Thirty years after the fall of the USSR, the same old bad ideas are gaining new traction.

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‎Words & Numbers: Episode 253: Tradeoffs, Lockdowns, Climate Change, and Free Stuff on Apple Podcasts

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Private School Success Around the World

Some people say a "free market" in education is bad, because parents will get scammed. ------- Don't miss a single video from Stossel TV. Sign up here: https://www.johnstossel.com/#subscribe ---------But in the real world, the opposite happens. From Korea to India, private schools innovate, while "free" government-runs schools rip people off. In this video, CATO's Andrew Coulson goes around the world and shows how the best ...

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Zombie Marxism

This December we celebrate the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the communist superpower Ronald Reagan rightly named the “Evil Empire.” Yet everywhere today, Marxism still stalks humanity. Indeed, today we can paraphrase Karl Marx and write that its specter haunts not just Europe, but the entire world. We must understand this as a global threat. Since its birth in the 1848 Communist Manifesto by Marx and Friedrich Engels, communism has ...

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Winning Freedom Requires Radical Laissez-Faire Capitalist Solutions

What passes for “deregulation” or market-based reform has limited connection with any call for a truly laissez-faire capitalist United States.

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Smithian and Anti-Smithian Economists

Economics began with a brilliant debunking of fallacies embraced both by the man-in-the-street and by the minister-in-the-royal-court. Chief among these fallacies is the notion that the people of a country are enriched if their government compels them to export more to – and to import less from – foreigners. In An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith famously exposed the absurdity of this mercantilist ...

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A Bergeron Christmas

Last year, I had the temerity to ask Santa Claus for the gift of public policy sanity. He must have had me on his super naughty list, because I didn’t even get coal in my stocking. This year all I want, besides the deed to a platinum mine, is for all Americans to know Harrison Bergeron. I know that is literally impossible because Harrison will die in 2081. He was, you see, a fictional character in a 1961 Kurt Vonnegut short story named for ...

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Is life today bad? Or is it awesome?  “Economics Made the World Great” shows changes that have taken place in the past three centuries that have made the world better. Can it be better still?

Jon Favreau’s heartwarming 2014 independent film, “Chef”, is a case study in entrepreneurial value creation. Even better, it shows us how we can achieve economic success and personal fulfillment simultaneously, provided that we figure out how to take our passions and turn them towards making other people’s lives better.

Magatte Wade was born in Senegal but spent much of her childhood in France. Growing up, she saw the extreme differences in wealth between Africa and Europe. This disparity sparked a question… Why are some countries rich, and others poor?

How do we summarize the 2010s? Many think it was an awful decade, ten years of horror, unfair distribution and environmental disaster.

It’s a Wonderful Loaf is an ode to the hidden harmony that is all around us–the seeming magical ways that we anticipate and meet the needs of each other without anyone being in charge.