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To the frustrated, freedom from responsibility is more attractive than freedom from restraint. They are eager to barter their independence for relief from the burdens of willing, deciding and being responsible for inevitable failure. They willingly abdicate the directing of their lives to those who want to plan, command and shoulder all responsibility.
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To see The Bahamas become the first small, developed, sovereign country in the region, recognized as a model for the world.
• Morality of capitalism
Jaana Woiceshyn Ph.,D.
I have written about the aversion to capitalism (including among business students) before. Given all the evidence about the benefits of free markets—such as the rapid economic growth in many Asian countries in the last 30 years due to increased economic freedom (see the new World Trade Organization report here)—one would think that the aversion to capitalism around the world would be waning.
• The creation of corruption: A harbinger of VAT?
The Nassau Institute
Neither race nor culture determines whether a nation becomes corrupt. Speakers from Latin America, Africa, Europe and The U.S.A. examined the causes and evidence of corruption in their countries. The recurring observation was that corruption was not a preserve of any ethnic group or nationality.
Rather, it is the proliferation of laws, regulations and requirements that make compliance more costly than the alternative of bribing the government official employed to enforce such rules.