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Good Bye!

Good Bye!

We say „good bye“! Don’t be sad, we will see each other again. Please meet some of the Values4Europe bloggers and many other interesting authors at  https://www.austriancenter.com We would like to thank all our bloggers and readers! The passion and energy you invest in the articles is special and highly appreciated. We thank you for the opportunity to share your…

Defending freedom of speech

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Defending freedom of speech

Ron Paul, a former U.S. Congressman and former Republican presidential candidate (2008 and 2012), said about freedom of expression: "Freedom of expression does not exist for us to discuss the weather: we have freedom of expression to discuss controversial issues." What is called "freedom of the press" is indeed only freedom of expression: the right to express oneself…

What explains the emergence and strengthening of populism in Europe?

What explains the emergence and strengthening of populism in Europe?

The last years have witnessed the rise of populism all over Europe. Parties like Alternative für Deutschland in Germany, Rassemblement national in France, the Movimento 5 Stelle in Italy, or Podemos and Vox in Spain have gained importance in detriment of traditional conservative and social democratic parties. Despite their different (sometimes antagonistic) political and economic agendas,…

Scientific cherry-picking

Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Scientific cherry-picking

"We Greens in the Bundestag stand for a rural-ecological agriculture", it says on the website of the Green parliamentary group. They advocate GM-free food, low-pesticide agriculture, more organic farming and regional marketing. The Greens take "stand for" seriously, as the party now demands nothing less than a complete ban on industrial agriculture. After years in which the…

Killing competition with "fairness"

Killing competition with "fairness"

In an interview, Dr. Brett Wingeier owner and developer of Haloneuro mentioned that his company, and by extension he himself, are on the receiving end of a fairly consistent stream of criticism. The Haloneuro company specializes in neuroadaptive (neuroplasticity and stimulation of the neurological system) research and the design and manufacture of products for harnessing that research. In…

Rafael Leónidas Trujillo: the dictator who inspired a Nobel Prize

Rafael Leónidas Trujillo: the dictator who inspired a Nobel Prize

Most Latin American countries were ruled, at some point of the twentieth century, by dictators responsible for countless violations of human rights. Augusto Pinochet, who ruled Chile with an iron fist for almost two decades, was responsible for more than 3,000 executions and hundreds enforced disappearances. During Videla’s dictatorship in Argentina, between 13,000 and 30,000 citizens were…

The importance of financial education in today’s world

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The importance of financial education in today’s world

The financial roots of the 2008 crisis led many EU countries to develop national strategies aimed at improving the financial education of their citizens. In Spain, for instance, the National Securities Market Commission and the Bank of Spain launched a four-year financial education plan that has been renewed twice since 2008. Similar plans were implemented in Ireland, Denmark, France or…

France’s most dangerous village

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
France’s most dangerous village

A past decision of the French State Council which has dangerously extended the concept of “public morality”. In a decision on December 8, 1997, the French Conseil d'État issued a ruling regarding the municipality of Arcueil, which prohibited the advertising of “pink courier” services in 1990. Despite some positive aspects, particularly with regard to the…

The trap of the middle

The trap of the middle

Currently a serious, though little recognized problem, is the resentment of the middle classes, a resentment based on their very middle-ness. Take, for example, the book Poor Economics by economists Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, both of whom just won the Nobel Prize for their work. Imagining social mobility as the letter S, they demonstrated that it is easier to move from the very…

Poland Must Dig Their Way Out of Mining Cronyism

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Poland Must Dig Their Way Out of Mining Cronyism

Ross Marchand is the director of policy for the Taxpayers Protection Alliance. ____ Since the Soviet Union breathed its last breath, Poland has seen turbocharged economic growth and increased opportunities for its citizenry. Economic output per person has increased nearly seven-fold, and so far, the Polish economy shows no signs of slowing down. In the past three years alone, unemployment has…

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