happiness

Happiness

People in economically free countries are happier than people in less free countries. This is measured directly through the increased feeling of freedom and control over life that citizens of economically free nations enjoy as well as indirectly through increased income that improves general health and well-being levels.

Happiness

Economic Freedom of North America 2014

Continuing the trend of the past few years, the Canadian provinces are besting the U.S. states in terms of average level of economic freedom.

In the News: You work this many hours a week to pay your taxes

You work one day a week solely to pay taxes.

Breath mints

In the News: Breath mint regulation is 17 years in the making

Worried about the nutrition facts for your favorite breath-freshening candy? The FDA is.

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Schools ban bake sales

Bake sales let kids indulge a little bit while learning entrepreneurship. So what’s the big problem?

Road

In the News: British builder hits barriers with his private toll road

Private citizen builds toll road when government fails.

Taxi

In the News: Hundreds wrongly accused of being illegal cabbies in past year

In the Big Apple, the Taxi and Limousine Commission can seize the car of anyone it suspects of driving an illegal cab.

In the News: One box of allergy pills over the line

Two boxes of a popular over-the-counter decongestant can get you arrested.

Book Review: Homer Economicus

Joshua Hall’s (ed.) “Homer Economicus” makes the unlikely connection between economics and “The Simpsons.”

Scottish man in kilt

In the News: Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What the United States’ haggis ban can teach us about the workings of government.

Tiny house

In the News: Homeowners trade big spaces for big savings

The “tiny house” movement is using creative ways to get around regulations.

Economic Freedom of North America 2014

Continuing the trend of the past few years, the Canadian provinces are besting the U.S. states in terms of average level of economic freedom.

In the News: You work this many hours a week to pay your taxes

You work one day a week solely to pay taxes.

Breath mints

In the News: Breath mint regulation is 17 years in the making

Worried about the nutrition facts for your favorite breath-freshening candy? The FDA is.

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Schools ban bake sales

Bake sales let kids indulge a little bit while learning entrepreneurship. So what’s the big problem?

Road

In the News: British builder hits barriers with his private toll road

Private citizen builds toll road when government fails.

Taxi

In the News: Hundreds wrongly accused of being illegal cabbies in past year

In the Big Apple, the Taxi and Limousine Commission can seize the car of anyone it suspects of driving an illegal cab.

In the News: One box of allergy pills over the line

Two boxes of a popular over-the-counter decongestant can get you arrested.

Book Review: Homer Economicus

Joshua Hall’s (ed.) “Homer Economicus” makes the unlikely connection between economics and “The Simpsons.”

Scottish man in kilt

In the News: Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What the United States’ haggis ban can teach us about the workings of government.

Tiny house

In the News: Homeowners trade big spaces for big savings

The “tiny house” movement is using creative ways to get around regulations.

New York City Subway Sign

In the News: Police cracking down on subway acrobats

The NYPD is looking to turn the city that never sleeps into the city that never dances—on subways, that is.

In the News: Report: Food Freedom Under Attack

Our food freedom is under attack.

In the News: Leawood shuts down boy’s little free library

Book shelves are banned in this Kansas town.

In the News: The FDA’s unpalatable cheese crackdown

The FDA recently lifted a new ban on the age-old practice of using wooden planks to ripen cheese. But don’t celebrate too fast.

Expanding health insurance doesn’t address real problem: High costs

Expanding health insurance to more patients exposes them the inflated prices of today’s convoluted insurance system.

blight-fighting goats

In the News: City tells owner of 20 goats to ‘butt out’ of Detroit neighborhood

Detroit is getting rid of some blight-fighting goats.

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Paper: Reforming occupational licensing in Alabama

Atlantic City

In the News: Elderly Atlantic City man could lose his family home to benefit a casino

Atlantic City is trying to seize this man’s home to make a casino some more money.

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Florida couple fined, threatened with jail for feeding homeless

Daytona Beach, Florida keeps people from helping the homeless.

In the News: The coming two-tier health system

Is the Affordable Care Act is creating a two-tiered system like those found in some European countries?

Boy and vaccine syringe

In the News: A doctor’s declaration of independence

Some government mandates keep doctors from caring for their patients in the way they would like.

Medicaid Expansion

Infographic: Medicaid Expansion

How will Medicaid expansion impact you?

Light bulb

In the News: An inventor’s Quirky path to success

Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and the best ideas often come from the unlikeliest of sources.

binary code

In the News: Who should pay to keep the Internet’s locks secure?

Heartbleed may have actually been a success story.

Little kid in leaves

In the News: Harmless drones get federal flak

The FAA is shutting down drones that help in search-and-rescue missions.

Patent Pending Stamp

In the News: Patently absurd

Patent trolls are becoming more common and they’re suing over technology that pre-exists their patents.

doctor giving patient cash

In the News: Health plan premiums are skyrocketing according to new survey

Across the nation, health plan premiums are going through the roof—and we have the Affordable Care Act to thank.

cows

In the News: Food safety rule threatens cows’ ‘happy hour’

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new regulation that could makes cows very unhappy.

Fossil

In the News: Thousands of artifacts seized at rural Indiana home

Recently, the FBI confiscated an Indiana man’s entire collection of cultural artifacts.

Destroying yellow house

In the News: Eminent domain fails again

What if the government seized your home so a millionaire could build an arena?

Boy and vaccine syringe

In the News: ‘Risk-aversion’ at the FDA stalling approval of meningitis vaccine

A vaccine that could stop the spread of a potentially fatal meningitis strain is caught up in red tape.

Plastic Building Blocks

In the News: The Lego Movie mixes economics and entertainment

“The Lego Movie” shows us how individual entrepreneurs can transform our world with new ideas and solutions to problems.

Taxi

In the News: Parisian Taxi Drivers Go On Rampage Over Uber

Getting a taxi in France just became even more hectic.

Infant check-up

In the News: Downton Abbey Makes A Powerful Case For Economic Freedom

Downton Abbey shows how far we’ve come thanks, in no small part, to economic freedom

Economic Freedom World Map

Economic Freedom Interactive Map

What components determine a country’s economic freedom? See them all on our interactive map.

Economic Freedom State-Off

Play our Economic Freedom State-Off Game to test your knowledge of the U.S. state’s economic rankings!

Economic Freedom Heat Map: Is Your State Cool with Economic Freedom?

Economic Freedom of North America 2013, is out, and the race is heating up for some U.S. states. Unfortunately, it’s a race to last place.

Fantasy Football

In the News: Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money

Professional and college teams receive hundreds of millions of dollars in government handouts.

Economic Freedom of North America 2013

Once again, the Canadian provinces are besting the U.S. states in terms of average level of economic freedom.

Mistletoe wreath

In the News: A Mistletoe Misdemeanor

Portland, Oregon won’t let an 11-year-old sell mistletoe but the city will let her beg for money.

San Francisco Skyline

In the News: San Francisco Rent Control Pricing Poor Out of the City

San Francisco’s rent control policies are making the city’s housing shortage worse.

melted fudge

In the News: Beloved Baltimore Cookies Could Change Or Disappear With Trans Fat Ban

A proposed ban on trans fats will spell bad news for Baltimore’s Berger Cookies if it goes through.

Vegetable garden

In the News: Miami Shores Couple Sues Village Over Veggies

This Florida couple was forced to uproot their front-yard vegetable garden or face a daily fine of $50.

Christmas morning

In the News: Businesses Fined For Putting Up Toys For Tots Signs

Some Floridian businesses have been slapped with fines—because they tried to spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate.

Venezuelan Bolivar Currency

In the News: Venezuelan Military Seizes Major Retail Chain

In keeping with its policy of price controls, Venezuela recently forced stores to start charging “fair” prices.

Infographic: Your State’s Beer Taxes

Did you celebrate Oktoberfest this year? No matter your state, you were paying taxes on that tall, frosty one:

Four Decades of Economic Freedom in Ten Seconds

See which countries have gone from oppressed to free, and vice versa, in just ten seconds with our time series map of economic freedom.

Sunset Georgia Island

In the News: Slavery Descendants in Coastal Georgia Communities Fight Tax Hikes

The people of Hog Hammock may have to leave the homes they’ve had for generations due to sky-high property taxes.

United States vs. World

U.S. vs. The World: Compare Economic Freedom Rankings

What might your standard of living look like if you lived in another country? Check out our interactive web app to find out!

Empty toilet paper roll

In the News: Facing Shortages, Venezuela Takes Over Toilet Paper Factory

Venezuela has a mess on its hands: severe shortages of household staples like toilet paper!

Mother and baby

In the News: A Not So Great Day for Freedom

America’s decline in economic freedom isn’t just wounding to our pride; it’s also worrying for our prosperity.

In the News: US Ranks 17 in Measure of Economic Freedom

The Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report revealed that the U.S. ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom. Click to read more.

Wine glasses

In the News: Underground—And Illegal—NYC Dinner Parties

Foodies in New York City are holding clandestine dinner parties.

Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report World Map

Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report

After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 17th in this year’s report. What does this mean for the future?

Baby chickens

In the News: Family Farmers Fight Michigan Township For Their Animals

This family has to get rid of their beloved farm animals because their town “reinterpreted” the zoning rules.

How the Market Fixes Mistakes

From yoga pants to Swedish meatballs, how does the market respond to mistakes?

guy playing video games

In the News: Welfare Can Make More Sense Than Work

For some Connecticut welfare recipients, work simply doesn’t pay.

In the News: Why California Can’t Be Home to the Hyperloop

The Hyperloop, a new high-speed mode of transportation, could be on a collision course with California regulations. Click to read more.

In the News: Number of Americans Renouncing Citizenship Surges

American citizens and permanent residents are renouncing their status in record numbers.

Birthday Cake

“There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and other Friedman-isms

We’d like to honor Professor Friedman on his birthday by noting a few of our favorite “Friedman-isms.”

In the News: Dearborn, Michigan Cracks Down on Sitting in Garages

Dearborn, Michigan prohibits families from using their garages for leisurely purposes. The town limits its residents to using garages for car storage only.

Male Duck

In the News: Duck, Duck, Fine!

A man from Delmont, Pennsylvania faces a $500 per day fine for his four pet ducks.

Bird at bird feeder

In the News: NJ Couple Facing Fine Over Bird Feeder

Disabled senior may have to pay $500 fine for bird feeder.

Tulips Washington, D.C.

In the News: DC Metro Threatens Phantom Planter With Arrest if He Tends to His Flowers

Washington, D.C. is unimpressed with the Phantom Planter, a man who plants flowers on public space.

Statue of Liberty

Three Different Views on Immigration

Immigration reform raises a range of economic and social concerns and has, not surprisingly, drawn a diversity of viewpoints.

Marriage, Groom and Bride

In the News: Before Tying the Knot, Check How Much Higher Your Taxes Will Be

Getting married this year? If so, you certainly have a lot of planning to do! But, have you planned for your taxes to go up?

Pineapples

Economic Freedom Tastes Like Pineapples and Black Pepper

Exotic foods—expensive to produce and difficult to transport—used to be a privilege of the wealthy. How has economic freedom changed that?

Interns applying for job.

In the News: Don’t Be Ashamed College Students, Profit is Not a Dirty Word

Professor Brian Brenberg reminds students that for-profit businesses are helping millions of people around the world rise out of poverty.

Ground Hog Day

Groundhog Day: Living the Same Failed Policies Over Again

Two areas in which the government is repeating the same policies with outcomes that should be easy to anticipate are health care and stimulus spending.

Joseph Stalin Monument

In the News: A Lesson for Socialists

In January of 1968, Czechoslovakia embarked on an experiment to achieve both socialism and more economic freedom at the same time. Predictably, the experiment failed.

Hurricane Sandy Wreckage

In the News: This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit

Roger Kimball is still living in a temporary residence more than two months after Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast. Can you guess why?

Liberty's Library

Liberty’s Library

From beginners to experts, our reading guide provides personalized recommendations to help you further your knowledge of liberty.

Vegetable garden

In the News: College Park couple says front yard vegetable garden is under fire again

What began as one Florida couple’s solution for affordable, fresh vegetables has turned into a battle over property rights. Click to learn more.

2013 New Year’s Resolutions for the U.S. Government

Hi Uncle Sam,

This hasn’t been your best year, I’m sure you’ll agree. But fortunately, now is a great time to make some New Year’s resolutions and begin to turn things around.

Money

In the News: America’s Dangerous Powerball Economy

While money can’t buy happiness, hard work and the fruits of that labor can. Read more from Arthur Brooks.

Three Innovations That Brighten Your Holidays

Innovations are changing the way we celebrate holidays, communicate with loved ones, and buy presents.

Operation Twist

In the News: Investors Face a Cruel Backlash From Ben Bernanke’s Operation Twist

The Fed’s decision coming out of its meeting earlier this month, to continue purchasing long-term bonds in 2013 will likely culminate in rising interest rates and plummeting bond prices, harming investors in general and seniors in particular.

Sweepstakes

Sweepstakes: 12 Books of Christmas

Looking for some liberty minded reading for over the holidays? Enter our sweepstakes to win one of our “12 Books of Christmas!”

Home Appliance Innovations and the Free-Market

Home Sweet Home

Imagine what this busy time of year would be like without appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, and vacuums! Check out our list of U.S.-born home appliances and comment with which one saves you the most time.

Top Consumer Bans

When the Government Prohibits for Your Own Good

How would you feel if someone tried to tell you what foods you could eat, what products you could purchase, or how you could spend your free time? Sound like something from George Orwell’s 1984? Well, it’s actually a description of what is happening in the U.S. today.

State-Off

Economic Freedom State-Off

Which is freer, California or Pennsylvania? Our new Economic Freedom State-Off game will challenge your knowledge of U.S. States’ economic freedom rankings.

Economic Freedom Heat Map: How Does Your State Rank?

How did your state rank this year in economic freedom? Click to check out our economic freedom heat map and learn how your state compares to the rest of America.

USA and Canada Going Separate Directions in Economic Freedom

In the News: For Economic Freedom, It’s Still “Go (North)West, Young Man”

Economic freedom in the U.S. has migrated north to Canada, according to the Fraser Institute’s new report “Economic Freedom of North America 2012”.

Economic Freedom of North America 2012

Economic Freedom of North America 2012

Today, the Fraser Institute released the eighth edition of its annual report, Economic Freedom of North America 2012. For the first time in the report’s history, Canadian provinces have a higher average level of economic freedom than American states. Click to read more.

Cat_tired of politics

Tired of Politics?

Sick of all the political rhetoric? Well, take a break and check out some of our best posts from 2011/2012.

Susan B. Anthony

Ladies of Liberty: Women Who Fought for Economic Freedom

This week, in 1872, women’s suffragist Susan B. Anthony illegally cast her vote in the U.S. presidential election and was arrested soon after. At the time, American women did not have the right to vote and would not win that right for another 50 years. How things have changed for women in the United States.

Voting: Is a Puppy or a Kitten Cuter?

Poll: Which is Cuter?

Which is cuter, a puppy or a kitten? Your vote matters!

In the News: Reselling Your Stuff May Get a Lot More Complicated

To resell your own stuff, you may soon have to get the manufacturer’s permission first. Click to read more about diminishing consumer freedom.

Coffin and Casket Maker

In the News: In Monks’ Casket Case, Appellate Court Opinion is ‘Win-Win’ for St. Joseph Abbey

Economic freedom advances in Louisiana. Consumers rejoice!

Which Form of Transportation Would Columbus Prefer?

Which Would Christopher Columbus Have Preferred?

How much would Christopher Columbus have given to be have been able to fly across the Atlantic Ocean instead of sail a leaky wooden ship? The wonders of economic freedom and innovation.

Educational benefits of economic freedom

Infographic: Educational Benefits of Economic Freedom

Want your child to have a solid education while growing up? Then you should live in a country with more economic freedom.

Fall graphic, our economic freedom is also falling.

Happy Fall – ing in Economic Freedom…

Happy Fall! Unfortunately, this fall we found out that the U.S. has fallen to 18th in the world in economic freedom. Will our quality of life turn with the leaves?

Man at Water Cooler Listening About the U.S.'s Fall in Economic Freedom

In the News: Why We Should Care About America’s Fading Economic Freedom

The word at the water cooler is that the U.S. has fallen to 18th in economic freedom. So what’s the big deal? Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University explains in U.S. News & World Report that economic freedom benefits just about everyone. “The conclusion is simple: Economic freedom yields beneficial results. …  data bears out […]

What’s So Great About Economic Freedom?

Why do we care about economic freedom? The reasons are so many, that we’ve made an info graphic out of them.

In the News: US drops to 18th most economically free country

Check out this interview with Professor Joshua Hall of Beloit College, one of the authors of the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.”

U.S. vs. the World: Compare Economic Freedom Rankings

How does the U.S. compare in economic freedom to other countries? Check out our interactive web application to find out!

Poll: Which country’s economic freedom ranking shocked you the most?

Which is more surprising to you, that the US fell to 18th in its economic freedom ranking, or that the United Arab Emirates ranked 11th? Click to cast your vote!

Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report

Earlier today, the Fraser Institute released its “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.” After ranking 2nd in 2000, the U.S. falls to 16th in this year’s report. Click to find out more.

Back to School Without Economics?

Fewer than half of all U.S. high schools require students to take an economics class. Unfortunately, economic concepts affect you whether you understand them or not.

In the News: Legislating Under the Influence

Studies are pretty conclusive: government monopolies over the sale of alcohol neither decrease consumption nor increase our safety. So why do eighteen states still implement government monopolies?

 

In the News: Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes

Government officials in Camden, NJ are scrapping it’s unionized police force in order to reign in out-of-control spending. How will that affect the town’s safety? Click to find out!

In the News: This Free Country Should Be On Your Radar

The Republic of San Marino, a small country embedded in Italy, boasts some of the highest income and employment rates in the world. It also boasts some of the highest levels of economic freedom.

News

In the News: Chicago Food Trucks and Regulation

Chicago provides another example of overregulation and cronyism impacting food truck entrepreneurs.

News

In the News: Stand Up (for Economic Freedom), Live Longer

Standing up more during your day and watching less TV can help you live a year or two longer. Economic freedom, however, may add 10 – 20 years to your life.

News

In the News: The Morality of Choice

Economic freedom, the freedom to choose and live life according to your own inclinations, has been instrumental in lifting millions out of poverty worldwide. How does economic freedom translate into the health care industry? Read to find out!

Top 5 Regulations That Could Ruin Your Fourth of July

Americans have traditionally celebrated our nation’s birthday with fireworks, bonfires, parades, and other festivities. But as government regulations pile up, even our freedom to celebrate Independence Day is being constrained.

Mama Knows Best!

Happy Mother’s Day1 How can you help ensure that your kids will have the opportunity to grow up and live happy and healthy lives? Be a choosy mom. Choose economic freedom.

News

In the News: The Economic Lessons of Valentine’s Day

Economist Christopher Coyne uses Valentine’s Day to teach an economics lesson at the Daily Caller.

When Gathering for Holiday Feasts, Offer a Toast to Economic Freedom

As we reflect upon the evolving food choices for traditional holiday meals, we might consider the conditions that make prosperity possible — economic freedom.

All We Want for Christmas

The Economic Freedom Team asks Santa for just one thing this Christmas. Will their wishes come true?

Why America is in Decline

If we know exactly why American economic freedom is decreasing, we can try to prevent any further decline, and then being working to increase our economic freedom.

Economic Freedom of the World 2011 Report

Unfortunately, the report shows the United States falling in its economic freedom ranking to #10 worldwide —far from its peak at #3 in 2001.

In the News: You work this many hours a week to pay your taxes

You work one day a week solely to pay taxes.

Breath mints

In the News: Breath mint regulation is 17 years in the making

Worried about the nutrition facts for your favorite breath-freshening candy? The FDA is.

Colorful cupcakes

In the News: Schools ban bake sales

Bake sales let kids indulge a little bit while learning entrepreneurship. So what’s the big problem?

Road

In the News: British builder hits barriers with his private toll road

Private citizen builds toll road when government fails.

Taxi

In the News: Hundreds wrongly accused of being illegal cabbies in past year

In the Big Apple, the Taxi and Limousine Commission can seize the car of anyone it suspects of driving an illegal cab.

In the News: One box of allergy pills over the line

Two boxes of a popular over-the-counter decongestant can get you arrested.

Scottish man in kilt

In the News: Of obsolete regulations and post-prohibition haggis

What the United States’ haggis ban can teach us about the workings of government.

Tiny house

In the News: Homeowners trade big spaces for big savings

The “tiny house” movement is using creative ways to get around regulations.

New York City Subway Sign

In the News: Police cracking down on subway acrobats

The NYPD is looking to turn the city that never sleeps into the city that never dances—on subways, that is.

In the News: Report: Food Freedom Under Attack

Our food freedom is under attack.

In the News: Leawood shuts down boy’s little free library

Book shelves are banned in this Kansas town.

In the News: The FDA’s unpalatable cheese crackdown

The FDA recently lifted a new ban on the age-old practice of using wooden planks to ripen cheese. But don’t celebrate too fast.

blight-fighting goats

In the News: City tells owner of 20 goats to ‘butt out’ of Detroit neighborhood

Detroit is getting rid of some blight-fighting goats.

Atlantic City

In the News: Elderly Atlantic City man could lose his family home to benefit a casino

Atlantic City is trying to seize this man’s home to make a casino some more money.

Homeless man looking through garbage

In the News: Florida couple fined, threatened with jail for feeding homeless

Daytona Beach, Florida keeps people from helping the homeless.

In the News: The coming two-tier health system

Is the Affordable Care Act is creating a two-tiered system like those found in some European countries?

Boy and vaccine syringe

In the News: A doctor’s declaration of independence

Some government mandates keep doctors from caring for their patients in the way they would like.

Light bulb

In the News: An inventor’s Quirky path to success

Anyone can be an entrepreneur, and the best ideas often come from the unlikeliest of sources.

binary code

In the News: Who should pay to keep the Internet’s locks secure?

Heartbleed may have actually been a success story.

Little kid in leaves

In the News: Harmless drones get federal flak

The FAA is shutting down drones that help in search-and-rescue missions.

Patent Pending Stamp

In the News: Patently absurd

Patent trolls are becoming more common and they’re suing over technology that pre-exists their patents.

doctor giving patient cash

In the News: Health plan premiums are skyrocketing according to new survey

Across the nation, health plan premiums are going through the roof—and we have the Affordable Care Act to thank.

cows

In the News: Food safety rule threatens cows’ ‘happy hour’

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a new regulation that could makes cows very unhappy.

Fossil

In the News: Thousands of artifacts seized at rural Indiana home

Recently, the FBI confiscated an Indiana man’s entire collection of cultural artifacts.

Destroying yellow house

In the News: Eminent domain fails again

What if the government seized your home so a millionaire could build an arena?

Boy and vaccine syringe

In the News: ‘Risk-aversion’ at the FDA stalling approval of meningitis vaccine

A vaccine that could stop the spread of a potentially fatal meningitis strain is caught up in red tape.

Plastic Building Blocks

In the News: The Lego Movie mixes economics and entertainment

“The Lego Movie” shows us how individual entrepreneurs can transform our world with new ideas and solutions to problems.

Taxi

In the News: Parisian Taxi Drivers Go On Rampage Over Uber

Getting a taxi in France just became even more hectic.

Infant check-up

In the News: Downton Abbey Makes A Powerful Case For Economic Freedom

Downton Abbey shows how far we’ve come thanks, in no small part, to economic freedom

Fantasy Football

In the News: Football: A Waste of Taxpayers’ Money

Professional and college teams receive hundreds of millions of dollars in government handouts.

Mistletoe wreath

In the News: A Mistletoe Misdemeanor

Portland, Oregon won’t let an 11-year-old sell mistletoe but the city will let her beg for money.

San Francisco Skyline

In the News: San Francisco Rent Control Pricing Poor Out of the City

San Francisco’s rent control policies are making the city’s housing shortage worse.

melted fudge

In the News: Beloved Baltimore Cookies Could Change Or Disappear With Trans Fat Ban

A proposed ban on trans fats will spell bad news for Baltimore’s Berger Cookies if it goes through.

Vegetable garden

In the News: Miami Shores Couple Sues Village Over Veggies

This Florida couple was forced to uproot their front-yard vegetable garden or face a daily fine of $50.

Christmas morning

In the News: Businesses Fined For Putting Up Toys For Tots Signs

Some Floridian businesses have been slapped with fines—because they tried to spread holiday cheer to the less fortunate.

Venezuelan Bolivar Currency

In the News: Venezuelan Military Seizes Major Retail Chain

In keeping with its policy of price controls, Venezuela recently forced stores to start charging “fair” prices.

Sunset Georgia Island

In the News: Slavery Descendants in Coastal Georgia Communities Fight Tax Hikes

The people of Hog Hammock may have to leave the homes they’ve had for generations due to sky-high property taxes.

Empty toilet paper roll

In the News: Facing Shortages, Venezuela Takes Over Toilet Paper Factory

Venezuela has a mess on its hands: severe shortages of household staples like toilet paper!

Mother and baby

In the News: A Not So Great Day for Freedom

America’s decline in economic freedom isn’t just wounding to our pride; it’s also worrying for our prosperity.

In the News: US Ranks 17 in Measure of Economic Freedom

The Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World: 2013 Annual Report revealed that the U.S. ranks 17th in the world for economic freedom. Click to read more.

Wine glasses

In the News: Underground—And Illegal—NYC Dinner Parties

Foodies in New York City are holding clandestine dinner parties.

Baby chickens

In the News: Family Farmers Fight Michigan Township For Their Animals

This family has to get rid of their beloved farm animals because their town “reinterpreted” the zoning rules.

guy playing video games

In the News: Welfare Can Make More Sense Than Work

For some Connecticut welfare recipients, work simply doesn’t pay.

In the News: Why California Can’t Be Home to the Hyperloop

The Hyperloop, a new high-speed mode of transportation, could be on a collision course with California regulations. Click to read more.

In the News: Number of Americans Renouncing Citizenship Surges

American citizens and permanent residents are renouncing their status in record numbers.

Economic Freedom Video

Learn More About Economic Freedom

See the recent commercial the Charles Koch Foundation ran focused on the power of economic freedom.

In the News: Dearborn, Michigan Cracks Down on Sitting in Garages

Dearborn, Michigan prohibits families from using their garages for leisurely purposes. The town limits its residents to using garages for car storage only.

Male Duck

In the News: Duck, Duck, Fine!

A man from Delmont, Pennsylvania faces a $500 per day fine for his four pet ducks.

Bird at bird feeder

In the News: NJ Couple Facing Fine Over Bird Feeder

Disabled senior may have to pay $500 fine for bird feeder.

Tulips Washington, D.C.

In the News: DC Metro Threatens Phantom Planter With Arrest if He Tends to His Flowers

Washington, D.C. is unimpressed with the Phantom Planter, a man who plants flowers on public space.

Marriage, Groom and Bride

In the News: Before Tying the Knot, Check How Much Higher Your Taxes Will Be

Getting married this year? If so, you certainly have a lot of planning to do! But, have you planned for your taxes to go up?

Interns applying for job.

In the News: Don’t Be Ashamed College Students, Profit is Not a Dirty Word

Professor Brian Brenberg reminds students that for-profit businesses are helping millions of people around the world rise out of poverty.

Joseph Stalin Monument

In the News: A Lesson for Socialists

In January of 1968, Czechoslovakia embarked on an experiment to achieve both socialism and more economic freedom at the same time. Predictably, the experiment failed.

Hurricane Sandy Wreckage

In the News: This Metamorphosis Will Require a Permit

Roger Kimball is still living in a temporary residence more than two months after Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast. Can you guess why?

Vegetable garden

In the News: College Park couple says front yard vegetable garden is under fire again

What began as one Florida couple’s solution for affordable, fresh vegetables has turned into a battle over property rights. Click to learn more.

Money

In the News: America’s Dangerous Powerball Economy

While money can’t buy happiness, hard work and the fruits of that labor can. Read more from Arthur Brooks.

Operation Twist

In the News: Investors Face a Cruel Backlash From Ben Bernanke’s Operation Twist

The Fed’s decision coming out of its meeting earlier this month, to continue purchasing long-term bonds in 2013 will likely culminate in rising interest rates and plummeting bond prices, harming investors in general and seniors in particular.

USA and Canada Going Separate Directions in Economic Freedom

In the News: For Economic Freedom, It’s Still “Go (North)West, Young Man”

Economic freedom in the U.S. has migrated north to Canada, according to the Fraser Institute’s new report “Economic Freedom of North America 2012”.

In the News: Reselling Your Stuff May Get a Lot More Complicated

To resell your own stuff, you may soon have to get the manufacturer’s permission first. Click to read more about diminishing consumer freedom.

Coffin and Casket Maker

In the News: In Monks’ Casket Case, Appellate Court Opinion is ‘Win-Win’ for St. Joseph Abbey

Economic freedom advances in Louisiana. Consumers rejoice!

Man at Water Cooler Listening About the U.S.'s Fall in Economic Freedom

In the News: Why We Should Care About America’s Fading Economic Freedom

The word at the water cooler is that the U.S. has fallen to 18th in economic freedom. So what’s the big deal? Professor Antony Davies of Duquesne University explains in U.S. News & World Report that economic freedom benefits just about everyone. “The conclusion is simple: Economic freedom yields beneficial results. …  data bears out […]

In the News: US drops to 18th most economically free country

Check out this interview with Professor Joshua Hall of Beloit College, one of the authors of the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World: 2012 Annual Report.”

In the News: Legislating Under the Influence

Studies are pretty conclusive: government monopolies over the sale of alcohol neither decrease consumption nor increase our safety. So why do eighteen states still implement government monopolies?

 

In the News: Gritty N.J. city of Camden to scrap police department amid budget woes

Government officials in Camden, NJ are scrapping it’s unionized police force in order to reign in out-of-control spending. How will that affect the town’s safety? Click to find out!

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In the News: Chicago Food Trucks and Regulation

Chicago provides another example of overregulation and cronyism impacting food truck entrepreneurs.

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In the News: Stand Up (for Economic Freedom), Live Longer

Standing up more during your day and watching less TV can help you live a year or two longer. Economic freedom, however, may add 10 – 20 years to your life.

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In the News: The Morality of Choice

Economic freedom, the freedom to choose and live life according to your own inclinations, has been instrumental in lifting millions out of poverty worldwide. How does economic freedom translate into the health care industry? Read to find out!

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In the News: The Economic Lessons of Valentine’s Day

Economist Christopher Coyne uses Valentine’s Day to teach an economics lesson at the Daily Caller.

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In the News: Op-Ed on Economic Freedom Featured in Huffington Post

“[I]t is important to remember the fundamental truth of economic life: Markets work.”

Economic Freedom in Action: Changing Lives

From Zambia to South Korea, and from Slovakia to Chile, entrepreneurs are improving their lives with the help of economic freedom.

Half Your Halloween

This is why you don’t want go trick or treating with Uncle Sam.

Lagers for Liberty: Exploring the Role of Taverns in America’s Road to Independence

What do our founding fathers and local taverns share in common? They were both crucial in helping spur America’s independence.

Economic Freedom in 60 Seconds

How do you explain the incredible power of economic freedom in 60 seconds? Watch to find out.

Consumer Choice in Health Care

The healthcare industry in America can be called many names, but one of them is not “free-market.” Watch this new video on the need for choice in healthcare.

Rebuilding Joplin

Joplin was struck by an EF5 tornado last May. Afterwards, community members freely and voluntarily worked together to help rebuild the town.

Episode One: Economic Freedom & Quality of Life

Across the globe, the societies that have the best quality of life are those with the highest levels of economic freedom. From lower unemployment to better-protected civil rights and cleaner environments, economic freedom is vital to improving the well-being of society, especially for the most vulnerable.