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IS IT STILL LIBERALISM’S HOUR IN LATIN AMERICA?

June 1, 2021 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León and Gonzalo Schwarz

In April of last year, The Economist’s Bello column controversially proclaimed that it should be “Latin American liberalism´s hour.” Bello columnist Michael Reid meant a set of ideas emphasizing justice systems that check power and privilege; equality of opportunity before the law; tolerance instead of bigotry, and science instead of ideological “quackery.”

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WHAT IF LOCKDOWNS WENT ON …?

April 29, 2021 | by Elena Leontjeva

The second lockdown in Lithuania is no different from the first one: there are no clear principles for economic relief, individual groups are fighting for their own interests, and the government is forced to constantly alleviate the emerging effects of the quarantine. But what if lockdowns persisted? Would everything be the same? Can we find a fair solution and a way to preserve solidarity? Finally, how can the government be liberated from this onerous pressure, resistance, and confusion that are no less dangerous to society than the pandemic itself?

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THE INSTITUTIONS OF LIBERTY ARE THE REAL SOLUTION TO POVERTY IN LATIN AMERICA

February 1, 2021 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

“Together, we fight inequality to end poverty and injustice”— proudly declares Oxfam International. Like clockwork, the organization uses the World Economic Forum annual meetings to issue a predictable, if repetitive, communiqué that has become influential in policy circles around growth: sustainability issues and income inequality are the root causes of poverty across the world.

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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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