NEW ZEALAND’S HOUSING CRISIS WORSENED BY GOVERNMENT POLICY

September 9, 2014

Auckland is one of the least affordable cities in the world because the government has created too many barriers to homebuilding. In fact, the problem extends beyond Auckland to the entire country of New Zealand. Not enough land is released to the market, which prevents it from being used most effectively. Regulations are also making construction unnecessarily expensive by applying complicated planning and building rules to construction projects. As a result, young New Zealanders are finding it increasingly hard to take their first steps toward ownership of property.

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IMPROVED ECONOMIC LITERACY NEEDED IN AUSTRIA

September 9, 2014

The Austrian Economics Center (AEC) notices that one of the biggest barriers to freedom is a simple lack of economic literacy. This issue translates into many of the political and social problems in today’s society. Case in point: the widespread aversion for classical liberal public policies and the insistence that the state do something whenever there are problems. The visible influence of the state steals the attention from the invisible hand of working markets, mainly due to the popular ignorance of good economics.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN THE PHILIPPINES HELD BACK BY RESTRICTIVE CONSTITUTION

September 9, 2014

The Philippine Constitution restricts foreign ownership in public utilities, mass media and advertising, educational institutions, and land. These restrictions send an unwelcome signal to foreign investors, resulting in the Philippines having one of the lowest FDI (Foreign Direct Investments) in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations). With a very low FDI, unemployment and underemployment reach more than a quarter of the labor force. Filipinos lack the economic freedom to seek a better life for their families in their own native land, thereby forcing them to leave home and family to find gainful employment at a great social cost.

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PENNSYLVANIA TEACHERS FORCED TO SUBSIDIZE POLITICAL AGENDAS; TIME FOR PAYCHECK PROTECTION

September 9, 2014

Most public school teachers choose their profession because they want to teach children. Like any other occupation, teachers are a diverse lot: they are liberal, moderate, conservative, apolitical, or anything in between. But today, in many states, including Pennsylvania, teachers are forced by contract to subsidize a very specific political agenda, regardless of their own personal views: that of the government union leadership.

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AMERICAN MILLENNIALS NEED FREEDOM FROM UNSUSTAINABLE ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS

September 9, 2014

Some of the biggest barriers to freedom among American millennials are popular culture and higher education, both of which are dominated by statist thought and a general understanding that government is the solution. In addition, Congress has saddled young people with a Berlin Wall of debt and unsustainable entitlement programs, but America's Future Foundation (AFF) stands next to that wall calling for it to be torn down so young people can have a more sustainable and prosperous future.

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PUSHING BACK AGAINST FRANCE’S MASSIVE SOCIAL SECURITY PAYOUTS

September 9, 2014

Liberté Chérie says that France’s Social Security system began with a simple question: how can we increase the overall prosperity of our people? After World War II, the French Communists succeeded in implementing a pay-as-you-go pension system, where cuts from current workers’ salaries would be paid out directly to retirees.

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IT'S TIME FOR A CREDIBLE ALTERNATIVE TO GOVERNMENT-CENTRIC MESSAGING IN SCHOOLS.

September 9, 2014

One of the most common reactions students have following a FEE seminar is, “Why haven’t I heard about these ideas before?” Comments like this provide a glimpse into the inadequate learning environments where most students in their teens and early-20s today find themselves. By and large, young students are not being taught the foundational ideas that make human flourishing possible. Their economics courses lead them to believe in the costless choice, and their civics courses encourage the notion that government’s contributions to society far outweigh those of people in markets.

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