EFN Asia is a growing network of research institutes, practitioners, influential think-tanks and individuals, with the aim of promoting the benefits of civil society, market economy and individual liberty.
FNF Year End Message 2012
Remembering a great advocate for freedom – Dr. Elinor Ostrom
Thursday, 21 June 2012 14:56
On June 12th, the world mourned the loss of Dr. Elinor Ostrom. Recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economic Science, Dr. Ostrom set a blazing trail for other women and academics, as evidenced by her long list of publications and awards (among other accolades).
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?