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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…

Experiments in economics? You bet!

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Experiments in economics? You bet!

Every year around this time, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awards the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel—aka the Nobel Prize in Economics. This year, the Prize went to Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.” The three economists pioneered the use of randomized…

Luxembourg is right about tax ruling court cases

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Luxembourg is right about tax ruling court cases

The European Commission is cracking down on tax advantages of individual member states. This will undermine the competitiveness of the entire continent. Margrethe Vestager will be confirmed in her place as Commissioner for Competition of the European Union. In the last five years, the Danish politician has put forward a legal theory, suggesting that tax benefits granted to companies constitute…

One frontier: two different worlds

One frontier: two different worlds

The comparison between the two approaches to American life and values represented by the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series) and Bess Streeter Aldrich (A Lantern in Her Hand and its sequel White Bird Flying) opens some significant, and possibly uncomfortable, differences that lay at the root of the contrast of the families’ fortunes, despite living in the same…

EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
EU elites use more private jets as they tax flying for others

"Climate action" politicians are collapsing under the weight of their own hypocrisy.   The European moraliser   Think Paris Climate Accord, renewable energy, hybrid cars, Greta Thunberg. All either a product of or very popular in Europe. Environmentalists in the United States are looking up to the courage of European politicians to solve climate change, be it by…

Pay transparency is unaffordable for businesses and employees

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Pay transparency is unaffordable for businesses and employees

The new EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has promised to move closer to closing the gender pay gap. The new instrument she intends on using is pay transparency. Big mistake. The European Commission works on creating pay transparency in the European Union. In an effort to fight the gender pay gap (which exist if you do statistics wrong on purpose), it wants to lay open the salaries…

ECB's latest move won't work

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ECB's latest move won't work

Draghi never disappoints. In his penultimate monetary-policy meeting, the still President of the ECB announced that the Eurozone’s central bank would soon resume the net asset purchase program in an attempt to get inflation back to the ECB’s 2 percent target after some months of lower-than-expected inflation. The Governing Council also agreed to lower the deposit rate to -0.5%,…

Bashing big bosses: the favourite discipline of the French press

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Blogger: Bill Wirtz
Bashing big bosses: the favourite discipline of the French press

It is an antiphon, declared over and over again in public opinion. From high-level intellectuals like Noam Chomsky to the average citizen, everyone agrees: control by the big bosses over the media protects the former from being targeted by the latter. Jean-Jacques Servan-Schreiber was already warning of the danger of journalists losing control of their media to big business almost 60 years ago.…

The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

The Curse of the ‘Abroad’: A Romanian Perspective

“The civilizational ‘us’ and the extracivilizational ‘them’ is a constant in human history”.[1]  Samuel Huntington’s observations summarized in the above quote offer valuable insight, mostly regarding the mentality of former empires and great powers. For Romanians, the opposite is true. The ‘abroad’ has always been civilized, while we…

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