Religious Liberty Encourages Economic Liberty

In an essay on religious toleration in England, Voltaire called attention to the London stock exchange, where “the Jew, the Mahometan, and the Christian deal with one another as if they were of the same religion and reserve the name of infidel for those who go bankrupt.” The philosophe, who didn’t allow even his contempt for Jews to interfere with his appreciation for British religious liberty, suggests that freedom of conscience is connected to economic prosperity. Taking a more empirical approach, Christos Makridis argues that this connection runs deep:

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More about: Economics, Free market, Freedom of Religion, Voltaire

 

Why a Government Victory in Southwestern Syria Is Bad News for Israel

Sept. 17 2021

Last week, Russia negotiated a ceasefire between the Syrian government and rebel forces in the city of Daraa, where the initial protests that sparked the uprising against Bashar al-Assad began. The agreement ended a 75-day assault on the city, located near the country’s southwestern border, by Russian, Iranian, and Syrian forces. Jonathan Spyer explains the significance of these events:

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More about: Golan Heights, Iran, Israeli Security, Russia, Syrian civil war