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Pack a suitcase with Siegfried Herzog – on the way to Bangkok PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 September 2014 14:37

Pack a suitcase with Siegfried Herzog – on the way to Bangkok

Siegfried Herzog does not start from zero in Bangkok. Before he assumes his new position as Regional Director of Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in Southeast and East Asia based in Thailand, he recalls his time in India during an interview with freiheit.org. As well, he is looking forward to new challenges ahead in Bangkok. He has already learned Thai alphabets with 20 vowel signs. What do his tasks in the region concern; he is full of curiosity, because not a lot are transferrable from India. At the end of the day, there is no blueprint; there is no single format for an open society.

Mr. Herzog, after years of working for Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom in India, you are not only an expert for the South Asia region, but you surely also have connections with people there. Have you missed something in India already? Or has the anticipation of the new tasks predominated? How do you prepare yourself – personally and professionally – for those tasks?

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Commentary: Is India on the cusp of superpower? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 February 2011 13:14

by Gorawut Numnak

A Note from the MPS Asia Regional Meeting 2011

According to Dr Parth J Shah, Chairman of Organising Committee of MPS India, “India is widely seen as an emerging global superpower – its economy has proven to be robust during the recent global downturn, the nuclear deal has given a special global status and the US has come to see it as a friend.” These trends are important. However, participants at the Mont Pelerin Society Asia Regional Meeting 2011 [1], recently held in New Delhi, seem to have reservations about India as a Global Power. Not yet, or not soon, anyway.

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Commentary: Rethinking the economic crisis PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 February 2011 08:53

by Wan Saiful Wan Jan

Every time I say that capitalism is the most efficient economic system that we have, many would jump to remind me about the recent global economic crisis. Some, influenced by socialist ideas, argue that America’s economic problem is a sign of capitalism’s failure. They are wrong.

Socialists and Lefties believe that the state should intervene in the economy. They instinctively assume government officials and politicians know better than the millions of individual and independent actors in the marketplace. They think it is alright for the state to set up and run GLCs or even nationalise private corporations. Their beliefs have led to taxpayers’ money being used to bail-out certain companies. In doing so, they ignore the market’s efficiency to remove wrong-doers.

Leon Louw...
 
Liberalism, Rule of Law and Civil Society PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 September 2014 15:17

By Nonoy Oplas, President, Minimal Government Thinkers.

It is an ebook freely available at http://fnf.org.ph/epub/

Sample of three sections.

Table of Contents
Foreword Introduction Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Friedrich Hayek, Liberty and Rule of Law Chapter 2: Local Government and Civil Society Chapter 3: Liberalism, Conservatism and Socialism Chapter 4: Raison d' Etre of Government Chapter 5: Anarchy vs. Minarchy Chapter 6: Pork Barrel Sacndal and Liberalism Chapter 7: Conclusion Chapter 8: Afterthought: Nonoy Oplas and The Spirit of Aristotle

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CPPS: Growing Together: ASEAN at 47 Forum PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 August 2014 10:23

The Growing Together: ASEAN at 47 forum was held on 8 August 2014 at Perdana Room, Royal Lake Club

The Growing Together: ASEAN at 47 forum was organized to celebrate ASEAN’s successes and consider the impact of the organization in the region. Currently, ASEAN is an adaptive and responsive organization with loose structures. The organization’s behaviour is not dictated by its more powerful members, but rather is directed by a rotating ASEAN chairmanship. In recent years, ASEAN has also adopted a charter, a roadmap, and a Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity. August 8, 2014 therefore marked the 47th anniversary of the establishment of ASEAN and the forum provided opportunities for several member countries to reflect on the past and express their vision for the future of the organization.

The day’s forum was moderated by CPPS Chairman, Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam who made the point that it is remarkable to see how far ASEAN has advanced. Tan Sri Navaratnam also mentioned that he hoped ASEAN would move ahead in more concrete ways. In his welcoming address, CEO of ASLI, Tan Sri Michael Yeoh acknowledge that 47 years is a long time for an organization to exist. Therefore, it was necessary to reflect on the achievements and successes of ASEAN and consider the organization’s future challenges and ASEAN’s vision post-2015.

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