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Seminars for young liberals in Paraguay with Eduardo Marty

Eduardo Marty
Eduardo Marty

Between the 6th and 10th of February, Eduardo Marty held, next to Marcelo Duclos and Andres Rivas, two seminars in Misiones and Luque (Paraguay), which were attended by participants coming from San Juan Bautista, Asuncion and Roque Alonso.

The first meeting, that lasted two days, was the first seminar ever organised by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation in the province of Misiones. Therefore, the instructors introduced the principles of liberalism, with the discussion of concepts such as market economy, private property and individual rights.

On Wednesday and Thursday of this same week, participants who already had attended the introductory seminar in 2015 were offered another workshop where Marty taught philosophy and ethics concerning liberal thoughts. In this courses, the viewers were able to strengthen their knowledge of concepts about the philosophy of liberty, getting to know its principal authors and the differences with other political thinking movements.

At the end of the activities, the founder of Junior Achievement Argentina shared a radio programme with the liberal politician Carlos Mateo Balmelli on Radio Nanduty, one of the most listened radio stations in Paraguay.

8 million vs 20 millions

Agustín Etchebarne
Agustín Etchebarne

New video with Libertad y Progreso

In this vídeos we will explore how in Argentina only 8 million people working legally in the productive prívate sector have to pay high taxes for the upkeep of a large public sector that includes 20 million government workers and how this drains its resources, leading to stagnation, lack of investment, unemployment and undeclared employment.

We believe that in order for our country to move forward it is important to scale down the number of government employees, favoring free market policies like free trade, regulation that makes it easier to hire people or more freedom for people to set their own enterprises. This policies should lead to investment in our country and the creation of jobs in the private sectors, which mean that unuseful public sector jobs and cash transfers can eventually be replaced by more productive private sectors job. As we always say, the best social security is a good job.

Fundación Libertad y Progreso

You can see the video here...

Introduction to Liberalism, Cities of Luque and San Bernardino, Republic of Paraguay

 Paraguay is a landlocked country in central South America, bordered by Argentina to the south and southwest, Brazil to the east and northeast, and Bolivia to the northwest. Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the country from north to south. Due to its central location in South America, it is sometimes referred to as Corazón de Sudamérica ("Heart of South America").

The Authentic Radical Liberal Party (Partido Liberal Radical Auténtico or PLRA) is the liberal party in Paraguay. The party is a full member of Liberal International and the RELIAL – Red Liberal de America Latina. The “liberals”, as they are known, are the leading opposition to the dominant conservative Colorado Party and are one of the 2 strongest national parties. They have taken this position since the end of the Alfredo Stroessner dictatorship in 1989. They are the political successors of the Liberal Party.

Last Thursday 3, Friday 4, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 of November, in the City of Luque and in the City of San Bernardino, Republic of Paraguay, took place the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s seminar named: Introduction to Liberalism. Andy Rivas was the moderator with Marcelo Duclos, who is also a staff member of the office in Buenos Aires. 15 Youth leaders assisted from 3 different states (provinces) of the country. There was an important presence of the principal national youth leaders of the Liberal Party from the Republic of Paraguay. The most important basic liberal concepts were discussed and they had “rol plays”, video presentation, discussions and conclusions from the moderators.

Central is the most important department in Paraguay, almost 40% of the national voter’s lives here. The capital is Areguá. Is the most populated of the 17 departments of Paraguay and it is a (politically speaking) LIBERAL DEPARTMENT where the actual Governor is Liberal and the 3 former Governors have been liberals too. In relation to the 19 cities that belong to the department, 14 of them have Liberal Mayors.

During the event 2 important speeches were done by The Mayor of San Bernardino City & President of The National Mayor’s Association of the Liberal Party, Luis Aguilar, and; by The President of the National Senate First Minority, Senator Fernando Silva Facetti.

The last seminar took place in The Cordillera Department. Its capital is the city of Caacupé. The capital was founded on 1770. It is considered the "spiritual capital" of Paraguay, where La Virgen de los Milagros of Caacupé is venerated at the Basilica (the special place for the Holy Mother), where people walk on pilgrimage every year more than 1.5 million faithful, 7 and December 8. It is in the top of the Cordillera de Los Altos, obligatory stop for tourists. The actual Governor is a LIBERAL and the 3 former governors, too. Right now the Liberal Party has 70% of the local Mayors and 2 of them are one of the youngest mayors of the country.

Andrés Rivas

Freedom day 2016 with Fundación Bases

On the 9th of November the Bases Foundation and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation welcomed more than 120 participants to its Day of Freedom (dia de la libertad) that took place in Rosario. Exactly 27 years earlier East and West Germans teared down the Berlin Wall symbol of repression and isolation. Entitled “Back to the future: Argentina and the World Facing the Change” the event was not only a commemoration of the event from 1990, but also the occasion address the actual national and international issues from a liberal point of view. Julio Burdman, Alexandra Dumitrascu and Franco López discussed the election of Donald Trump to be the next president of the United States of America on the previous night but also the rising of the terrorist threat in the world but also Latin America. In a second panel, Javiel Milei, Roberto Cachanosky and María Zaldivar reviewed and debated on the Argentine economic situation and its future developement. On the occasion Frederico Fernandez announced the launching of the international work of the Foundation Bases, with offices in Vienna, Lubbock, Chicago and Tel Aviv.

Pictures here...

JAL Annual Meeting in Cordoba

From the 7th to the 9th of October the young leaders of various liberal foundations and think-tanks from all over the country met in Villa General Belgrano for the first meeting of the Argentine Liberal Youth Network.
The participants came from Neuquén, Buenos Aires, Santa Fe, Cordoba, Tucumán and Corrientes.
During the work sessions the participants developed ideas on and discussed the consolidation of the relations between the institutions, the promotion of the network and the activities to be organized for next year.
Currently the network is shaped by young individuals from Progreso y Libertad, from Neuquén, Amagi, Idear and Libertad y Progreso, from Buenos Aires, HACER, Fundacion Liberdad and Fundacion Bases, from Rosario, Fundacion Ayn Rand and Centro de Estudio Libre, from Cordoba, Club de la Libertad, from Corrientes and Federalismo y Libertad, from Tucumán. Furthermore the network will welcome a new member, the Jóvenes Liberales Universitarios (JLU) from Buenos Aires.

Fundación Libertad: Provincial economy Congress

On the 16th September the 12th Congreso de Economía Provincial (CEP) took place in Rosario. Organized by the Fondacion Libertad and supported by the Foundation Friedrich Naumann, the conference welcomed numerous politicians (Patricia Bullrich, Gonzalo Saglione, Omar Perotti, José Corral), economists (Orlando Ferres, Miguel Angel Broda, José Luis Espert, Walter Castro, Azucena Arbeleche), political and communication scientists (Jorge Giacobbe, Claudio Fantini, Gloria Álvarez, Jorge Gómez Arismendi, Fernando Iglesias) as well as public personalities (Judge Claudio Bonadio, Enrique Cristofani, José Urtubey). The various speakers assessed the countrys economic and social situation, the current government achievements but also the major issues of the country. Nine months after President Macri came into office, Argentina is still facing numerous challenges. The economic growth of the Santa Fe Province, industrial center and economic node, has been limited by years of protectionist measures from the previous government. During the conference, economists agreed on the necessity to open Argentina to foreign trade. In a country where the political tradition has be marked by populism, corruption is deeply anchored in the governmental institutions. Insecurity and criminality linked to drug trafficking are extremely high, especially in the Santa Fe Province. In this respect, Patricia Bullrich, the federal Minister of Security, closed the conference by exposing the government 3-items plan to solve Argentina major issues: criminality, corruption and social conflicts. First, the narcotrafficking must not be normality anymore. It has to be fought with strength and efficacy. Secondly, the Rule of Law must be reestablished with a judicial system without corruption or leniency. Thirdly, Argentinians, currently strongly divided, must be reunited. In a country where economic liberty has been strongly diminished in the past, liberal policies and free trade are the way to develop the country opportunities and reduce poverty.

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Camille Remigereau

The economics Conference of the Year

María Blanco from Spain
María Blanco from Spain

Fundación Bases organized the Sixth International Conference "The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century". The event took place in Rosario (Argentina) from August 22nd until August 24th and it was generously supported by the Naumann Foundation and RELIAL.

The international conference gathered participants from 21 different countries and 3 continents (America, Europe, and Oceania). The program was comprised of almost 80 presentation and 8 special events.

The event has established itself as a Libertarian hub, in which scholars, think-tankers, activists, and liberal politicians meet. That is why the conference has helped building so many instances of cooperation between attendees.

Dr. Robert Murphy, one of the 2016 Keynote Speakers highlighted that the Austrian Conference organized by Fundación Bases was "truly the most rewarding academic experience for me". He went on and even said that "the papers presented at this conference were the most interesting to me of any conference I have attended."

Federico N. Fernández, president of Fundación Bases, explained that "there has never been such an event in Rosario. We are happy not only for the great number of attendees but also for the high quality of the presentations and discussion. It was indeed the event of the year".

Pictures of the event can be found here and the program can be downloaded here.

New publication with Grupo Joven from Fundación Libertad

In a few weeks, Grupo Joven Fundación Libertad will present its new book: “Essays on Liberty”, written by twelve young students from Argentina, committed to the renewal and the dissemination of classical liberal ideas not only in Argentina but also all over Latin America.

This book is the result of a long process of meetings and debates among these young students. Public policy, the role of think tanks, the role of the State, the myths of the Cuban model, inflation and populism, drug trafficking, are some of the issues elaborated by these group of classical liberals.

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