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EFN Asia at Jeju Forum Revisited PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 July 2013 12:55

By Nonoy Oplas, President of Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc. Original article-

Our panel, the EFN Asia and FNF panel, during the recently concluded Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity, May 29-31, 2013, was held in the afternoon of Day 2, May 30. While some panels have mostly if not entirely Korean speakers and facilitator, our panel has speakers and moderator from six countries. Two from Malaysia, Wan Saiful Wan Jan (moderator) of IDEAS and Tricia Yeoh of Institute Rakyat, two from China, Feng Xingyuan and Liu Junning, main speaker from Cambodia, Sam Rainsy. Other discussants were from Vietnam, Pham Chi Lan; from India, Barun Mitra of Liberty Institute, and Choi Byung-Il from S. Korea. I was the Rapporteur, that's seven countries represented.

The audience was big, mostly Korean university students, then other Korean and international participants.

The Resident Representative of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) in Korea, Lars Andre Richter, a German, gave a brief opening remarks -- that's eight countries already in our panel, really an international panel. Lars introduced what the FNF and EFN Asia are, their activities to promote freedom and liberty around the world, especially in Asia.

The Indonesian Update: June 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 16:07

In the present context of Indonesia and the world, the issue of migrant workers can no longer be seen as a mere domestic issue of Indonesia, especially if we just stick with an assumption that the high level of rural poverty is a key trigger for villagers to flock into labor markets abroad.

This June edition of the Indonesian Update June raises a main report from the social field on "PPILN Bill and the Urgency for Consolidation of the Indonesian Labour Movement (Migrant)". Another social field topic to discuss is "Questioning the Demand for the 30 Percent Representation of Women".

Report from our session in Jeju Forum: Economic Prosperity in Asia: Dealing with Economic Nationalism PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 01 June 2013 21:54

○ Session Outline


Dealing with Economic Nationalism

Session Code



15:40 – 17:00



Moderator: Wan Saiful WAN JAN

Presenter: SAM, Rainsy

Discussants: CHOI, Byung-il; FENG, Xingyuan; Pham Chi LAN; LIU, Junning;
Barun MITRA; Tricia YEOH


Poverty, Populism and Performance: Changing Contours of Politics in India PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 June 2013 17:24

By Barun S. Mitra, Nitu Maurya and Ravi Kapoor.

May 2013


In this paper, we will try to explore the populist pressures in a democracy, on the one hand, and the demand for performance because of the shift in demographic characteristics, on the other hand. India became independent in 1947, and a constitutional democratic republic in 1950, when poverty was endemic, and society fragmented. While politics united the country, there was hardly any social demand for economic performance from the population. In that tentative beginning, poverty was accepted as given. Then through the tumultuous 1970s and 1980s, populism held the key to political success. Then came the economic growth trajectories of the 1990s and 2000s, when political competition became intense, and focus shifted to performance. This paper will analyse the changes in economic performance in the context of political changes driven by changing demography, and attempt to look at the near, medium term direction India may take.

'Liberals Meet Liberals' event in Seoul PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 21:20

Written by Nonoy Oplas, President of Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc.

Seoul -- Liberalism is a political ideology that advocates liberating the individual from excessive and unnecessary coercion. Such coercion includes over-regulation and taxation of individuals and private enterprises, or prohibiting people where and to whom they can freely trade their goods and services. People who subscribe to this ideology are called liberals in Europe and Asia. In the US, the term was hijacked to mean the opposite, the lovers of more state coercion. So they are called libertarians in the US.


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