Articles by Carlos Ball

A Socialist Hemisphere?

MIAMI -- The disappearance in Aruba last June of Natalee Holloway, an American high school senior on a trip with her classmates from Alabama, received more press and television coverage in the U.S. than any other event taking place in... Read More

When 'the Future Was in Venezuela'

MIAMI -- I first visited Miami with my parents in the early 1950s. Actually, we went to Miami Beach since Miami was then a small, backwater town, with little more than the airport and a fine conservative newspaper, The Miami... Read More

'A Privatization From Below'

Back in the 18th Century, some of the Spanish colonies in what today we call Latin America were richer, better developed, and the population enjoyed a higher standard of living than the English colonies in North America. That was to... Read More

Chavez's Agrarian Revolution

If any doubts remained about President Hugo Chvez's plans for Venezuela's destiny, they have been erased by his decree to "rescue" unproductive lands and assign them to "groups of the population" and "organized communities" from rural areas. Private property is... Read More

Why Doesn't Latin America Takeoff?

Latin American has never experienced individual freedom. Alvaro Vargas Llosa, in his new book "Liberty for Latin America: How to Undo 500 Years of State Oppression" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), blames the Latin tragedy on government coercion, mercantilism, speci Read More

Judicial Terrorism

Judicial terrorism is nothing new in Venezuela. Together with an urge to control the economy, Venezuelan political leaders of the last 30 years tried to establish tight political control of the judiciary. That politicization of justice gave birth to... Read More

Democratic Disillusions

A free people [claim] their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift  of their chief magistrate...The recent bilingual publication (in English and Spanish) of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United... Read More

Why Is Bermuda Richer Than Venezuela?

Other things being equal, one would think that Venezuela -- a democratic country with immense oil and mineral riches, populated by descendants of the liberators of Latin America -- would out-prosper Bermuda -- an island one-third the size of... Read More

To 'The Socialists in All Parties'

On March 10, 1944, when Friedrich Hayek published The Road to Serfdom, the 20th century seemed very advanced on its way to becoming the apogee of collectivism. Hayek was born in Vienna in 1899, and when he was a... Read More

Why Is There No Free Trade in the Americas?

"High level of protectionism" is how The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal's "2004 Index of Economic Freedom" describe the trade policies of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. In the U.S., John Edwards closed a huge... Read More

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