Alejandro Antonio Chafuen

Alejandro Antonio Chafuen

Dr. Alejandro A. (Alex) Chafuen '84 is president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation and a member of the board of advisors for The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. (The opinions expressed by the author are his own and do not necessarily reflect those of Grove City College, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, or their boards of trustees.)

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Unequal distribution of economic freedom: Why so many poor can’t improve their lot

January 27, 2014 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

While the church and Christian moralists have always spoken about the rich and the poor, and condemned those who put wealth, or anything else, above eternal life, it … More>

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Pope Francis: Espousing a Peronist rather than a Marxist Liberation Theology?

December 13, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The DNA of Greatness

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

When I came back to the Roman Catholic Church, around 1975, Liberation Theology was very popular in my native Argentina. Even the elite Catholic high schools were using the Latin American Bible … More>

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Pope Francis and the economists

December 6, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge

Editor’s Note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The recent economic statements by Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG) read as a call for a “Third Way” economic system ruled by experts and people of good will. … More>

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Tear down this wall: Celebrating victories over communism on World Freedom Day

November 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Saturday, Nov. 9, marks the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is an important date in the history of human civilization. President Ronald Reagan’s demand, … More>

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Think tanks measure global economic freedom … the U.S. declines

September 30, 2013 | by | Topic: The Global Challenge

Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com under the title, “Why does the U.S. economy sag? Look no further than the number 17.”

The significant efforts in recent years to measure economic freedom did not come from universities.  They … More>

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Don’t Cry For Me, America: Comparing Argentina And The United States

June 15, 2013 | by | Topic: The Path to Freedom, Uncategorized

Editor’s note: This opinion editorial first appeared at Forbes.com.

Many observers have pondered if the United States is following the same troubled path as Argentina. In the 1940s, Argentina’s Juan Domingo Perón used government agencies for political gain and created … More>

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Business, Entrepreneurship and a Vatican Think-Tank

April 5, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“Am I creating wealth, or am I engaging in rent-seeking behavior?” If this question would be asked during a course of business ethics at George Mason University (GMU), … More>

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Social Justice and Pope Francis: Choosing Freedom Over Serfdom

March 20, 2013 | by | Topic: The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

Having spent most of his life in Buenos Aires, Pope Francis has given proof that he can rise above his environment. As his compatriot Bishop Alberto Bochatey remarked, “he … More>

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From Aid to Enterprise: Intelligent Poverty Cures

March 14, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Content of Character, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

We will always have the poor among us (Matthew 26:11), but over a billion living on less than $1 a day? It is natural for well-meaning individuals to work … More>

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Think Tanks: Masters of the Universe?

February 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

How do think tanks contribute to produce outcomes conducive to better public policy? Working for over three decades in this field, I developed a simple model based on complex … More>

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Thinking About Think Tanks: Which Are the Best?

February 7, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

The history of the London exchange dates back to 1698. John Castaing, a pioneer of a Starbucks of sorts, started listing stock and commodity prices in his Jonathan’s Coffee-house. … More>

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Human Freedom Matters

January 8, 2013 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Global Challenge, The Path to Freedom

Editor’s note: A version of this article first appeared at Forbes.com.

“If it matters, measure it” is the motto of the Fraser Institute, the leading Canadian think tank, where I have been a trustee since 1991. More than a … More>

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It Can Be Worse Than the Cliff

December 28, 2012 | by | Topic: The American Story, The Path to Freedom, The Persuaders

Editor’s note: This piece was written exclusively for Investor’s Business Daily by a member of the board of advisors for The Center for Vision & Values, a trustee of Grove City College, and president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation: More>

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Freedom Stagnation

March 22, 2007 | by | Topic: The American Story

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in the Washington Times on March 21, 2007.

In its recently released Freedom in the World 2007 survey, Freedom House coins a new term for these troubled times: “freedom stagnation.”

On every continent, … More>

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VISION & VALUES CONCISE: Protecting Your Castle from the Courts

September 30, 2005 | by | Topic: The American Story, Vision & Values Concise E-publications

You love your house, you love your neighborhood, and you are pleased that local officials want to help toward its development. Yet, after the Supreme Court recently declined to rehear the Kelo vs New London, CT decision, economic development in … More>

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