Announcing the 2015 European Students For Liberty Conference in Berlin!
Meet Danish Journalist and Mohammad cartoon publisher Flemming Rose, MEP Daniel Hannan, Russian Oppositional Vera Kichanova, former German Bundestag member Frank Schäffler, and social entrepreneur Christopher Catrambone at #ESFLC15!by
Alfredo Pascual is originally from Uruguay, where he studied a Bachelor of Business Administration and worked first for the private and then for the public sector. Then he decided to pursue a career in policy institutes and that’s why he is now living in Germany and studying a Master of Public Policy. He’s also a Students For Liberty Local Coordinator, and works part-time for the Austrian Economics Center. Within the Liberty Movement, his primary interest is Drug Policy, and he is currently writing his Master’s thesis about the legalization of cannabis in Uruguay.
In March 2014, he traveled to Cuba to support the opposition movement, where he was detained, interrogated and thrown out of the country.by
Discrimination has become a “dirty word.” It has come to carry the “politically incorrect” connotation of prejudice, hatefulness, racism, and cruel intolerance towards others in society. There is only one problem: which one of us does not discriminate? Indeed, everything we do reflects discriminating choices and decisions.
The issue of discrimination has captured the headlines, once again because of a recent law passed by the Indiana legislature and signed by the state’s governor….by
by Sydney Williams
March madness, which we in America associate with basketball and which became popularized around the world by Lewis Carroll’s character the March Hare in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” is derived from the observed mating habits of the Hare. Like most of the world’s species, mating seasons are known for emotion replacing reason. Among the human variety, December babies are often the consequence.
There was much during the past month beyond basketball that would qualify as madness: Vladimir Putin disappeared for a week, perhaps to be with his girlfriend who allegedly was giving birth?by
I’m on my way back to Vienna after a few -but very fruitful- hours in Skopje (Macedonia). The reason I came to this lovely part of the Balkans is that the International Balkans University in association with the Austrian Economics Center held the “International Roundtable” on March 31st.
The event focused on Austrian Economics, Open Society and the economic and political situation in the Balkans. The speakers were Barbara Kolm, Gunther Fehlinger, Federico N. Fernández, and Violeta Madzova and Mevludin Ibish — both professors at the International Balkan University.by
by Sydney Williams
“In this world, nothing is certain, except death and taxes:” A line usually attributed to Benjamin Franklin and with which it is difficult to argue; though I can state categorically that I am certainly the son of my mother. On the other hand, certainty in opinions is usually associated with a mule-like stubbornness, or unquestioning obeisance – neither a characteristic we would like to think of as being ours – but ones common among the political and pontificating classes, the latter of which I admit to being a member. Curiosity, openness and skepticism are as proper antonyms for certainty as uncertainty.by
by John Charalambakis
Could the markets suddenly unravel? Of course they could. The fiat monetary system is like a mirage, it can tumble because of underestimated circumstances. Imagine for example Greece abruptly leaving the Eurozone, defaulting on its EFSF loans of €240 billion, its Target2 obligations of more than €80 billion, and the ELA assistance of close to €75 billion.
All of a sudden all the Eurozone central banks (including the ECB) would need to be recapitalized, and all Eurozone states would have to write down the losses in their budgets!by
Many defences of capitalism, markets or free enterprise focus upon what we might call their “technical” advantages. Such defences argue that markets are “efficient”, that they promote “incentives” to hard work, trustworthiness and imagination, that they allow economic agents to discover their own preferences, that they convey economically relevant information around the economic system quickly, cheaply and effectively, that in practice they foster growth and prosperity better than alternative economic orders.by
Why isn’t Honduras prosperous? Why do more than 100,000 Hondurans leave each year and risk their lives to get to the United States, where most of them will become illegal immigrants with no rights?+
Conversely, why is China becoming prosperous so rapidly? In the past 20 years hundreds of millions of Chinese have escaped poverty. Averages urban wages in China today are more than five times what they were 20 years ago. What can be done to ensure that working-class Hondurans earn five times as much 20 years from now?+by
Georgia’s economic story after the collapse of the Soviet Union (SU) is important to be considered and analyzed in Georgia and in any developing and transition economy nations. There are several reasons why Georgia’s experience is interesting and valuable. First of all, it shows almost all the wrong sides of central planning and a centralized, bureaucratized and command economic system. But also, the Georgian experience is a good one to analyze the colonial type of economic relationship that existed in the soviet empire and the unified monetary and fiscal policies that it used.by
Microsoft announced this month that it was finally taking Internet Explorer out behind the woodshed, officially ending its two decade reign as the king (and then later the court jester) of web browsers.
The main focus of media coverage has been how IE was outcompeted by Firefox, Safari, and Chrome — not to mention mobile apps that are rapidly overtaking traditional computer programs as a share of Internet browsing. But once upon a time, Internet Explorer ruled the World Wide Web.by