Marian L. Tupy

Marian L. Tupy is the editor of and a senior policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.


Beginning of the End for the European Union


Last night, the British people voted to leave the European Union. When Britain joined the European Economic Community in 1973, the EEC was little more than a customs union. Over time, the EEC evolved into a supranational entity that at least superficially resembled a federal state. The European Union has its own flag, anthem, currency, […]

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Go Ahead, Have a Lasik!


This morning, I saw a TV ad for Lasik eye surgery and that got me wondering, “What’s happened to the price of Lasik since I had my procedure 10 years ago?” We hear a lot about the rising cost of healthcare. (By the way, how is that Obamacare working out for you?) But, what about elective […]

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South Africa Deteriorates


Last month, President Thabo Mbeki was forced to call in the military to help the police restore order in townships across South Africa. A wave of xenophobic violence left 50 dead. Though the mob mostly targeted illegal immigrants from other parts of Africa, it also went after some economically successful South African minorities. It would […]

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Big Government, Corrupt Government


The governing parties in the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia came to power promising to end corruption. The Hungarian opposition, which lost last year’s election by the narrowest of margins, promises to do the same. The collapse of the Polish government shows that in addition to better policing and steeper sentences, the fight against corruption […]

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Sir John Cowperthwaite: A Personal Tribute


Sir John Cowperthwaite, who died at the age of 90 on January 21, 2006, was Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary between 1961 and 1971. I had the honor of knowing him and learning from him. He was a principled and modest man, whose wisdom and courage of convictions greatly contributed to the spectacular rise of Hong […]

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