FREE MARKET FOUNDATION

FREE MARKET FOUNDATION

Johannesburg, South Africa

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ABOUT

The mission of Free Market Foundation is to promote and foster an open society, the rule of law, personal liberty, and economic and press freedom as fundamental components of its advocacy of human rights and democracy based on classical liberal principles. 

Major programs for this organization include: Property Titling Project; Constitutional Labour Law Challenge; Civil Liberties Programme

IN THE NEWS

SOUTH AFRICA CRIPPLES PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES

South Africa is in the process of transitioning the country’s health care provision to a centralized, government-controlled National Health Insurance (NHI) system. New regulations passed during the transition period have continually made private health insurance less effective, such as a provision that denies low-income earners...

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‘LIBERTY IN AFRICA’ ONLINE COURSE EXPLORES PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM

Africa is an enormous and diverse continent encompassing dozens of independent countries with wide-ranging political systems, circumstances, and resources. Still, people share a struggle for liberty throughout Africa that shares many commonalities. Students for Liberty (SFL) and African Students for Liberty (ASFL) have partnered...

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HUNGARY EXPANDS ITS AUTHORITARIAN CRACKDOWN ON CIVIL SOCIETY

A robust civil society provides a crucial check on government power, so Hungary’s authoritarian ruling party Fidesz is preparing to crack down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs), warns Máté Hajba, director of Hungary-based Atlas Network partner Free Market Foundation. Hungarian officials have raided NGO offices during corr...

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CZECH REPUBLIC MOST FREE, FINLAND MOST RESTRICTIVE IN EU NANNY STATE INDEX

When many countries exist side by side in the same region, they have an opportunity to attract residents, tourism, and economic growth through policy competition — and people can make an informed choice about where to go to avoid overbearing government restrictions. The Nanny State Index, a new project from the European Policy I...

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OPPOSING NATIONALIZED HEALTH CARE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Government control of any industry leads to higher prices, fewer choices, opaque bureaucracy, and dramatically reduced innovation — but still, people constantly call for greater intervention into health care markets as though this could fix problems that government intervention created in the first place. For years now, the Sout...

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A LOOK BACK AT THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL LIBERTY EVENT OF THE YEAR

You never know where your next big idea will originate — a dynamic speaker, a moving video, an interactive workshop, a chance conversation. Inspiration can arise from almost anywhere, and a primary reason that Atlas Network organizes Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner (LFFD) every year is to facilitate an environment in which there...

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PROPERTY RIGHTS IN ACTION IN HONDURAS, SOUTH AFRICA, INDIA

Property rights are fundamental to free and prosperous societies, so Atlas Network’s 2015 Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner devoted a “Big Ideas” session to “Property Rights in Action.” There, attendees were able to hear from three leaders of Atlas Network partner organizations currently working to secure property rights, especiall...

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BERLIN WALL’S COLLAPSE SHOWS HOW BARRIERS TO FREEDOM CAN BE DISMANTLED

For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall stood as one of the world’s most forbidding symbols of oppression. After years of losing a steady stream of defectors to the West, in 1961 the communist-controlled government of East Germany constructed a heavily guarded barrier that divided an entire city — all in order to prevent their...

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PUTTING A HUMAN FACE ON ECONOMIC FREEDOM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Economic freedom is usually discussed in terms of government policy and market dynamics, so it can be easy to lose sight of the individual stories at the heart of every economy — the people buying and selling in countless voluntary transactions, each trying to improve their lives by providing something of value to others. That h...

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RESILIENT DEFENSE OF SOUND ECONOMICS IN BELEAGUERED SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa is seeing increased legislative attacks on free enterprise, foreign investors, energy providers, and private health care. The Free Market Foundation of South Africa (FMF) has long been an advocate for limiting the role of government. As one of the few groups standing athwart this tide of collectivism shouting, "stop...

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