EFN Asia annual conferences are sponsored by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Liberty (FNF). My first exposure to EFN conferences was in 2004, also held in Hong Kong. When we formed Minimal Government in early 2004 -- not yet as a think tank, more of a small political movement for liberty and free market -- I have not met any free marketer yet outside of the Philippines, nor did I have any idea that there were existing regional and international network for free market.
Sweatshops should all be shut down because of the terrible working conditions and unfair treatment of workers, right? But what about the people who choose to work in these conditions? Again what about human rights for those workers?
Speakers at Shanghai Austrian Economics Summit
Friday, 01 June 2012 14:31
Li Zhao Schoolland, a native of mainland China, informs us that there is a considerable free-market intellectual network in China.
Hayek’s The Constitution of Liberty has been a bestseller. Many other translated works on liberty are widely available.
The past two years, Li has organized highly successful student Austrian Economics Summer Seminars at Northeastern University in Shenyang, and will do a third one in July, 2012. ISIL has provided financial support to these student seminars.
Li is also organizing this free-market symposium in Shanghai at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel,
running from evening July 20th through the 22nd, with checkout on the 23rd, plus post-conference tour options.
By Bill Stacey, Chairman of the Lion Rock Institute
As I recall after a long drive from Central, the route to the Tai Tong Lychee Valley winds down a steep path from the nearby road to a large car park. The entrance to the valley was marked by a large arch suggesting what lied beyond was a place unique.
In a well-researched and well-articulated article, Najma Sadeque, has argued for reopening the court verdict that had virtually stopped land reforms in Pakistan. She has presented historical, theoretical and even theological arguments to support her position. While I will not delve into the position of Islamic jurists in favor of private property rights, I would like to open up the debate further on the question of legitimacy of private property rights. Najma Sadeque holds that since the land was distributed by a colonial government to those individuals who served the Crown, it must be taken back, and the surplus land either nationalized or be distributed to the needy. So what happens to the private property rights?