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CHILE’S ELITES ARE CREATING ANOTHER LATIN AMERICAN POPULIST MELTDOWN. VOTERS MUST STOP THEM

October 23, 2020 | by Axel Kaiser

On October 25, Chile will hold its most important vote since 1988, when General Augusto Pinochet lost a national plebiscite on the question of whether he’d be permitted to extend his rule for another eight years. That 32-year-old referendum result allowed Chile to finally adopt the democratic form originally set out in the country’s 1980 constitution. This time around, the referendum will be on the constitution itself. In an extraordinary development, Chileans are deciding whether they want to create an entirely new constitution from scratch or preserve the existing one.

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A CULTURE OF OPENNESS

October 23, 2020 | by Johan Norberg

The latest College Free Speech rankings show that US colleges might not be the best place to be, if you happen to like free speech. In fact, 37 percent of Ivy League students think it is at least sometimes acceptable to shout down a speaker. 21 percent thought it acceptable to use violence to stop a campus speech. Granted, 21 percent is just a minority. But when it comes to violence, it doesn’t take a village. It’s enough with one.

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THE 2020 BUREAUCRACY INDEX AND INTERNATIONAL BUREAUCRACY DAY

October 12, 2020 | by Martin Vlachynsky

In 2016, Slovakia’s Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) introduced the Bureaucracy Index, which draws attention to the amount of red tape a small entrepreneur has to navigate on a daily basis. The Index is based on a straightforward methodology, using the analysis of a model micro company and all of its bureaucratic obligations—such as taxes, worktime planning, health safety measures, and even waste management, among others—which are assigned a specific time cost.

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TAKING ON CORPORATE SUBSIDIES IN MICHIGAN—AND WINNING

June 5, 2020 | by John C. Mozena

“Good Jobs for Michigan” was a state corporate subsidy program that cost taxpayers an estimated $40,000 for every job it claimed to have created. The program was limited in size and scheduled to sunset in 2019, but business and political leaders pushed legislation to expand the costly program and extend it indefinitely.

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A TEST OF OUR CREED

March 24, 2020 | by Elena Leontjeva

The COVID-19 crisis has turned upside down healthcare systems, businesses, and governments. It has also hit our industry, non-profit free-market think tanks. We take heart in our unique credo, and now it is manifesting full force its crucial role not only for our movement, but for entire nations.

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OPEN MARKETS ARE THE BEST ANTIDOTE AGAINST THE COVID-19 CRISIS

March 23, 2020 | by Rainer Heufers

Earlier this month, I was invited by the Jakarta city government to speak about Indonesia’s food trade issues. When I asked what made garlic so expensive, the answer came quick and easy: COVID-19. Ninety percent of Indonesia’s garlic comes from China and since China was in lockdown, supplies dried up. Most Indonesians would have given the same answer, but that does not make it correct.

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