America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

America and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In June 2014, a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda conquered large tracts of Syria and Iraq. After this swift rise to power, which took the world by surprise, the group declared itself a formal “caliphate,” or Islamist regime. Within the territory it controlled, the...
Yemen: The Land That Freedom Forgot

Yemen: The Land That Freedom Forgot

The former president of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was reported killed in the capital of Sana’a, on December 4, 2017, when he seemingly was changing sides in the on-going and brutal civil war in that country. I actually met Ali Abdullah Saleh in December 2006, when I...
Transitioning to Capitalism in The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Transitioning to Capitalism in The Socialist Republic of Vietnam

To fully achieve flourishing, the Vietnamese need not only economic but political freedom. What can we learn about entrepreneurship from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, a communist dictatorship, you may wonder. Had you asked me just a few weeks ago, I would have...
Brexit: Good For Britain if It Leads To More Freedom

Brexit: Good For Britain if It Leads To More Freedom

Many media commentators on the British referendum outcome to leave the European Union have zeroed in on the Brits’ frustration with the increasing intrusion of the unelected—unaccountable—EU super-government in their lives as the reason. (For an excellent example, see...
Laissez-Faire Capitalism O Canada!

Laissez-Faire Capitalism O Canada!

The Canadian Liberal government (similar to the Democrats, but further to the Left) announced its first budget last week, filled with bold promises—and lots of spending of tax payers’ hard-earned money. The government will revive the Canadian economy by “investing” in...
A Capitalist Solution to Finland’s Cradle To Grave Nanny State

A Capitalist Solution to Finland’s Cradle To Grave Nanny State

On a recent visit to Finland, I had some exposure to the current state of the culture and politics of my native country. Sad, if not surprising, was the ever-present state interference with the freedom of the Finns that many of them quietly accept and even take for...
Escaping The Socialist Communist Tyranny of North Korea

Escaping The Socialist Communist Tyranny of North Korea

North Korea is called the “worst place on earth” for good reason. Thousands of people are tortured. Some North Koreans eat rodents to try to survive, and many starve anyway. In winter, they freeze. No one but the dictator has any true freedom, and no one...

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