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

Israel’s New Government Flies in the Face of the Country’s Western Critics

June 17 2021

Commenting on the recent swearing-in of the new governing coalition in Jerusalem, Shany Mor writes:

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