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5% growth is no Utopia
The Future of the EMU
Al Gore-ists advocate green Bureaucracy
Causes of European Growth Differentials
European Social Model:Facts & FairyTales
Europe needs Saving
Statistics: guide to global data sources
Great Myths of the Great Depression
Europe on the road to Serfdom?
Is the European Social Model doomed?
Can we still avoid Inflation (Hayek)
The Path to Sustainable Growth
Will pension time bomb sink the Euro?
Inflation & effective Monetary Policy
Fiscal Policy Lessons from Europe 
Entrepreneurship is lucrative... and just.
The optimal size of public Spending
A Danish Model for all? IMF says No
More Europe will not solve our problems
Flexicurity:a Danish fairy tale come true?
Shifting Tax on pollutors helps Economy.


Vlaktaks: Mythe en de Feiten
Budgetstop: noodzakelijk & haalbaar
5% Welgaartsgroei is géén Utopie.
"Wij verkiezen een Führer."  M.DeVlieghere
De Mythe van het Scandinavisch Model
Oorzaken van Europese groeiverschillen
Europa's Sociaal Model: sprookje & feiten
Ronald Reagan was een knap Econoom  
De ziekte van de Waalse herstelplannen
Inflationair lage rente baat alleen Bankiers
Analyse van Europese Stagnatie.
Het  mirakel  Ierland. (The Celtic Tiger)
Machtige ambtenaren en onvrije burgers 
Het Iers Model: De Perfecte Synthese.
De fiscale Blunder van Paars
Belastingverlagingen vergen deregulering
Generatiepact bestendigt Roofbouw
Politiek - door Toon Hermans
Staat ons Welvaartsmodel op instorten?
Kennismaatschappij en Welvaartsstaat. 
Een Argentijnse crisis in Europa
Paars wanbeleid: Apres nous le deluge
België: De fiscale politiek van Paars,
Een beter Marshallplan voor Wallonië.
De ecologische Grenzen van de Stagnatie.
Hoe Ierland de Fiscale Fraude oploste
Repartitiestelsel oorzaak van pensioencrisis
De filosofie van de Vrijheid in Beeld
Columns R.Aernoudt, DJ Eppink, G.Noels

Articoli Populare 
Il Declino Europeo
Perché il modello irlandese funziona,
La Curva pericolosa:
Spesa pubblica e crescita

5% de Croissance 'est pas une Utopie.
Mythe Scandinave: La Vérité des Chiffres
Causes de Croissance differentielle Europ.
Modèle social europ. Conte de fées et faits
Envers un modèle Social durable
L'optimum fiscal est de 35% du PIB
Belgique: 5% de croissance est possible
Polique fiscale pour la Croissance
Le Modèle Irlandais
USA: des performances indéniables
Leçons de 20 ans de Croissance
Richesse des nations
Wallonie: Le plan Marshall amélioré
La philosophie de la Liberté en Images
FRANCE : Statistiques, économie,
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New in our library  !
The Road to Serfdom

This masterpiece of Nobel Prize laureate Friedrich Hayek is an eye-opener, strongly advocating the free market principles.

In this all-time classic Hayek persuasively warns against the authoritarian utopias of central planning and the welfare state. Fascism, communism and socialism share these utopias. For the implementation of their plans
these authoritarian ideologies require government power over the individual, inevitably leading to a totalitarian state. Every step away from the free market toward planning reduces people's freedom and is a step toward tyranny.

Planning is also inefficient as it cannot
accurately assess consumer preferences to efficiently co-ordinate production. In a free market "Price" is the all-inclusive source of information, guiding entrepreneurs to produce whatever is wanted and directing workers wherever they are most needed. Free markets also provide the entrepreneurial climate for a thriving economy and for releasing the creative energy of its citizens. Free individuals in their native strive to develop their talents and to improve their fate produce spontaneous progress.

All public interference in the economic process disturbs the market equilibrium, distorts the optimal allocation of resources and consequently reduces the level of wealth. Where planning replaces free markets people do not only loose their freedom and individuality. Resulting slow growth also increases welfare demands causing dependence similar to slavery. In the end people's self-reliance and self-respect is ruined, and citizens are degraded to a means to serve the ends of the collective mass.

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”The substitution of paper money

for metallic currency is a national gain:
any further increase of paper

beyond this is but a form of robbery ... 
All holders of currency lose by
the depreciation of its value the exact
equivalent of what the issuer gains.

John Stuart Mill

j s mill

The Path To Sustainable Growth
Lessons From 20 Years Growth Differentials In Europe
Martin De Vlieghere and Paul Vreymans

Abstract:    While the rest of the world is booming, Europe lags behind. Europe's performance is weak in spite of high productivity and knowledge, high level of development and good labour ethics. Growth is also remarkably dissimular among regions. France, Germany and Italy are stagnating, and so do Denmark, Sweden and Finland. All gained less than 44% prosperity over the last 20 years. The Irish economy grew 4 times faster, gaining 169% wealth over the same period. In half a generation Ireland so metamorphosed into Europe's second richest country creating jobs for all.
" Big government " is the main cause of Europe's weak performance. The oversized Public Sector lacks productivity and is undoing the entire productivity gains of the Private Sector, eradicating all of its outstanding performance and productiveness. Europe could improve its overall performance by copying the Irish success formulas: Scaling down Public Spending, downsizing bureaucracy, and shifting the tax burden from income on consumption. This book demonstrates why the Lisbon Agenda and decades of Keynesian inflationist demand stimulation have failed. It devellops an alternative and workable supply-side strategy as well as effective cures for a humane and financially sustainable development.
This book reads as a   step-by-step manual for economic recovery.   It is a data-reference for students and politicians interested in growth, wellfare and in social modelling.   It is a  classic  for  economists concerned about Big Government,  poor public sector productivity  and for parents worrying about  their declining standard of living and their children's future.
big government
Big Public Spending
means poor Growth.

Slow Growth
results in Poverty.

are the key findings from our research
confirming the results of earlier studies such as this
which compared the growth differentials of 30 OECD countries
over 45 years  
( over 1000 data-pairs !!! )           

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