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Institute of Society Transformation 11 July 2017
27th Economic Forum in Krynica, Poland - Project Europe - A Recipe for the Coming Decades?

Project Europe - A Recipe for the Coming Decades - the 27th Economic Forum will be held in Krynica-Zdrój, Poland (5-7 September 2017) under this title. Each year over 3000 guests from Europe, Asia and the United States: Presidents, Prime Ministers, Ministers, heads of major corporations from around the world, the most important people in the world of culture, arts and media take part in this largest conference in Central and Eastern Europe. The 26th edition of the Economic Forum in 2016 was attended by over 3,500 visitors from 60 countries.

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Institute of Society Transformation 05 July 2017
Fake News? Does Political Correctness Censure Free Journalism?

Karl-Peter Schwarz (Senior Political Correspondent for Central and South-Easter Europe, “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” daily, Germany) started with the thesis of F. Hayek that public servants, journalists, teachers and artists have high influence on the society, and it is especially dangerous when they become socialistic. He proved the difference between truth and news presentation itself, and showed how news information then becomes influenced by certain political views of journalists or editors themselves. Moreover, nowadays the problem of credibility is determined by competition for the auditory as far as we entered the era of post-truth.

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Institute of Society Transformation 04 July 2017
How Much Redistribution Can Democracy Withstand

Erich Weede (Professor Emeritus, University of Bonn, Germany; Member, The Mont Pelerin Society, and Founding Member, Friedrich von Hayek Society) opened his speech with the statement that democracy is the process where powers are passed from one people to another to make important decisions. He concentrated at representative democracy, and singled out three key points in regard of it. Firstly, in democracy, one people rule the others, however, human beings make mistakes all the time, and “power is ability not to learn”. Secondly, interests of the politicians may differ from people’s ones. Thirdly, there is a chance of stilling public money by the politician elected.

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Institute of Society Transformation 03 July 2017
On Environmental Regulations, Private Property and Free Markets

Terry L. Anderson (Doctor of Economics, Hoower Institution, Stanford University) said that humans as well as nature are dynamic, hence, environmental regulations should address modern needs of people. Dr. Anderson focused his presentation at the environmental lessons of such prominent scientists of Austrian school economics and Nobel laureates as Ronald Coase and Friedrich von Hayek. Terry L. Anderson singled out the main theses of R. Coase on environmental issues as follows: 1) people compete for the environment; 2) costs are reciprocal; 3) property rights regulate who pays the costs. Environmental lessons from F. von Hayek: 1) knowledge on environment is dispersed; 2) without pricing we cannot know the value of the environment; 3) existence of environmental market and prices solves many problems of environmental usage regulation.

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Institute of Society Transformation 30 June 2017
Oleh Soskin: Putin's goal is not the seizure of Ukraine, but the destruction of cities.

Some politicians and analysts claim that Ukraine is about to hold a successful military operation, which will start the process of liberation of the occupied territories of the Donbass from Russian troops and militants. However, these so-called experts do not mention that during his reign Putin did not lose a single geopolitical battle. 

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Institute of Society Transformation 30 June 2017
The Flood of Rules creates Injustice

Carlos Gebauer (a renowned criminal lawyer and advocate, writer, Germany) proposed the reasonable answers to the questions: what the reason of the chaos of regulation is and why it appears as a result of good ideas. Carlos Gebauer emphasised the difference between the “right” and “law” arguing that the letter is a result of artificial and often ungrounded perception of social needs by the governments. 

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Institute of Society Transformation 29 June 2017
Interventionism Undermines the Legal Framework

Beat Kappeler (Honorary Doctor of Economics, independent writer and journalist, Switzerland) introduced the core problems of interventionism at EU level and singled out the issue of independence loss by the national governments as a result of ever stronger centralisation of powers in Brussels which fundamentally contradicts the values of independence, democracy and free markets European nations have once been standing for.

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Institute of Society Transformation 26 June 2017
National Capitalism: an economic model for Ukraine

«National Capitalism: an economic model for Ukraine» «National Capitalism: an economic model for Ukraine» is a well-known monograph of Oleh Soskin, the economist, Head of the Department of International Economic Relations of the National Academy of Management, Director of the Institute of Society Transformation. If you want to know how to live and what to do next, do not waste time and purchase the book! On 5 February 1996 President of Ukraine signed the Law "On amendments and additions to the Criminal Code of Ukraine and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine about the responsibility for tax evasion". 

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Institute of Society Transformation 23 June 2017
Subsidies: When Free Comes at High Cost

Johan Norberg (Senior Fellow, The Cato Institute, USA, European Centre for International Political Economy, Belgium, and Board Member, The Mont Pelerin Society) proved his statement about the hidden costs of subsidies with the idea of Ludwig Von Mises that government cannot create something from nothing: “Government spending cannot create additional jobs. If the government provides the funds required by taxing the citizens or by borrowing from the public, it abolishes on the one hand as many jobs as it creates on the other. 

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Institute of Society Transformation 22 June 2017
The best way to raise the wages in Ukraine is to make revaluation of hryvnia

There are two ways to raise the average salary in Ukraine.One way is to artificially raise the minimum wage and launch the process of inflation (as did Groisman).Business can not raise the salary in a short period. 6-8 thousand hryvnias - this is the limit for small and medium-sized businesses.But as a result of the artificial lifting of the minimum wage in 10 and even 20 times the payments to state officials also increased.  

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