The tide of global freedom is receding, but there’s hope

Economic freedom liberates people from dependence on the powerful so they can build better lives without fear

The tide of global freedom is receding, but there’s hopeIs the world losing its taste for freedom as we move further into 2019? Two recent reports confirm the perception that freedom is under attack globally. The Human Freedom Index, a joint project of Canada’s Fraser Institute, U.S.-based Cato Institute and Germany’s Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, measures freedom on a zero to 10 scale,…

Central banks’ overreach risks another recession

We need a decentralized, innovative and transparent banking system driven by free-market principals

Central banks’ overreach risks another recessionAs financial markets around the world erupt, dampening the festive spirit of this time of year, plenty of blame has been passed around. There are some notable geopolitical risks in the Middle East, Ukraine, North Korea, Pakistan and elsewhere. There’s the trade war between China and the United States. There are also signs of slowing global…

The right of women to choose their own futures

Saudi Arabia’s anti-women laws require a swift dose of economic freedom, and they’re not alone

The right of women to choose their own futuresThe Canada-Saudi Arabia diplomatic dispute appears to have calmed – for now – but the issue at the heart of the dispute remains. The dispute peaked in August after Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland tweeted her support for women’s rights activist Samar Badawi. That prompted Saudi Arabia to pull its students from Canadian colleges and universities…

The modern quest for equality sacrifices freedom

In societies where economic equality exists, individual liberty is highly restricted. Communism is the perfect example

The modern quest for equality sacrifices freedomEquality is one of the hallowed values of the post-Enlightenment west. It's celebrated in the French revolutionary slogan, “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” and in the American Declaration of Independence, which asserts that it is “self-evident” that “all men are created equal,” as well as that all men have “inalienable Rights” such as “Liberty.” The Canadian Charter of…

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanes

Freedom and democracy are not stand-alone structures. For stability, they require institutional infrastructure, in particular, the rule of law and tolerance

Where the rule of law weakens, freedom wanesFor the first time in decades, basic human freedom is under attack globally. Journalists and opposition leaders are killed in Russia. China’s Communist Party stifles dissent on the mainland while threatening the rule of law in Hong Kong. Tens of thousands are arrested in Turkey on dubious grounds after a failed coup. Venezuela descends into…

The battle against Airbnb flies in the face of freedom of choice

Everyday people who want to make money from their homes are opposed by unions protecting their members from competition

The battle against Airbnb flies in the face of freedom of choice“There’s no place for the state in the bedrooms of the nation,” Pierre Trudeau, then justice minister of Canada, famously said in 1967. Fifty years later, this statement is no longer true. People who are straight, gay, transgendered or otherwise can’t necessarily get a room for the night from anyone willing to rent. No, when…

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us again

Western values for westerners has a nice ring to it. Let the rest of the world make their own value choices. It sure beats neo-colonial wars in distant lands

In Trump’s wake, a new world order can inspire us againIn five short months, Donald Trump has turned the world upside down. So what kind of new world order can we expect? Trump has attacked NATO (questioning its very existence), shredded trade agreements like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and withdrawn the U.S. from the Paris climate change…

Government policies threaten economic freedom in Canada

Policy developments at the federal level as well as in Ontario and Alberta threaten Canada’s reputation as a bulwark of economic freedom

Government policies threaten economic freedom in CanadaBy Fred McMahon and Ben Eisen The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Sept. 20, 2016/ Troy Media/ - Canada ranks a remarkable fifth in the world in economic freedom, just behind Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Switzerland. The “land of the maple leaf” is far ahead of our southern neighbour, supposedly the “land of the…

Albertans, Americans becoming less free to prosper

It's troubling to see Alberta make policy choices similar to the ones that have undermined economic freedom in the U.S.

Albertans, Americans becoming less free to prosperBy Ben Eisen and Fred McMahon The Fraser Institute VANCOUVER, B.C. Aug. 30, 2016/ Troy Media/ – Just as the United States has long served as a global exemplar of economic freedom and prosperity, Alberta has shown other provinces how to provide liberty and economic opportunity. Sadly, economic freedom is in retreat in both places. Throughout the…

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophrenia

The Trudeau and Notley governments appear intent on repeating B.C.'s mistakes from the 1990s and Ontario's today

Economic freedom and Canada’s public policy schizophreniaVANCOUVER, B.C. Dec 18, 2015/ Troy Media/ - In international rankings of [popup url="https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/economic-freedom-of-the-world-2015.pdf" height="600" width="600" scrollbars="0"]economic freedom[/popup], Canada has soared past the United States, so it should be no surprise that among sub-national jurisdictions in North America (which encompasses 10 Canadian provinces, 50 U.S. states and 32 Mexican states) three Canadian provinces – Alberta,…