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'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.

EFN Asia's member: Chatib Basri as New Finance Minister of Indonesia PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 15:42

By Nonoy Plas, Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc

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Topic of the article adjusted by EFN Asia

A friend whom I met during the Economic Freedom Network (EFN) Asia conference in Hong Kong in 2004, Chatib "Dede" Basri, has been appointed yesterday as the Finance Minister by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

In his presentation nine years ago in HK, I remember that two of his slides showed a quote from Adam Smith,

[The rich] consume little more than the poor… They are led by an invisible hand … and thus without intending it, without knowing it, advance the interest of the society, and afford means to the multiplication of the species.

And from Milton Friedman, something like "The politicians and bureaucrats, they are led by an invisible hand and without intending it, without knowing it, advance their own interest over that of society."

Asian Peace and Security, the Jeju Forum PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 10 May 2013 16:22

By Bienvenido “Nonoy” Oplas, Jr., Head of Minimal Government Thinkers, Inc.

* This article is featured in the cover of the magazine, in the May 2013 issue

Attaining peace and economic prosperity for all people around the world is a dream that any institution in the planet, private or government, should aspire. They can disagree on how this can be done but the goal should be common to all.

And securing peace and prosperity in Asia is of utmost concern more than in any other regions or continents in the planet. Why?

Unirule Twentieth Anniversary Celebration PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 17 May 2013 10:46

Unirule Twentieth Anniversary Celebration will be held in Beijing on July 26th, 2013. When the time comes, national well-known scholars and business leaders as well as political circles will be invited to participate in the anniversary celebration. As the most influential and independent think tank, Unirule upholds its spirits of supporting and promoting high quality research and studies on economic theory as well as analyzing social and economic problems.

Report from Jessica Hua Su-The 16th International Conference on Competition Held in Berlin in March 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 15:26

The 16th International Conference on Competition (IKK) was held by Germany’s Bundeskartellamt in Berlin from 20 to 22 March 2013. The IKK, which has been hosted by the Bundeskartellamt since 1982, is one of the most renowned international event dealing with competition law issues, bringing together a large number of representatives of competition authorities and other competition experts from all over the world. Around 350 participants from more than 60 countries attended the 16th IKK.


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