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Linda Whetston- Perpetuating Poverty

February 15, 2016 @ 19:30 - 20:30

Poverty, not economic growth, is the real economic miracle today.

Everywhere throughout the developing world and the former communist countries, from villages to cities, is teeming with entrepreneurs. You cannot walk through a Middle Eastern market, hike to a remote village in South America, or climb into a taxicab anywhere without someone trying to make a deal with you. The inhabitants of poor countries possess enthusiasm, talent and an astonishing ability to make a profit out of practically nothing.

It’s possible to keep such people down only if governments dedicate themselves to the pursuit of really bad policies for decades at a time.

In a lecture entitled “Perpetuating Poverty”, Linda Whetstone will discuss the wide-spread policies used by governments to create and perpetuate poverty, examining the Freedom of the World – Fraser Index and other indexes to explain economic freedom as the cause of prosperity.

Linda will also discuss the work of the Network for a Free Society and Atlas Network in seeking to combat world poverty. The former began its focus on Pakistan, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and India. Operations have since extended to over 60 countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Sudan and Zimbabwe.

As with all our events, there will be the opportunity to ask questions after the lecture. All our events are free and there is no need to book

All are welcome to join us and the speaker for drinks at the College or a nearby pub afterwards.

Linda Whetsone is Chairman of Network for a Free Society and serves on the Boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Istanbul Network for Liberty. Previously Chairman of International Policy Network and a Director of the Mont Pelerin Society, she runs a small business in England with her husband Francis and has written on agricultural and development issues. Her father was the late Sir Antony Fisher, the founder of the Atlas Network and the IEA.

Atlas Network is a non-profit organization connecting a global network of
more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the
ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.


February 15, 2016
19:30 - 20:30


Harris Manchester College, Old Dining Room
Mansfield Road
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3TD United Kingdom
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