Sir John Templeton has written that “the greater charity is to help the people of a poor nation to learn the traits which lead to prosperity, such as trustworthiness, hard work, free competition, thrift, and the Golden Rule. Any poor nation can be converted to amazing prosperity rather quickly and lastingly if its people and government adopt wholeheartedly these five virtues”.
By publishing this valuable collection of papers, and through its educational work, all consistent with Templeton principles, the Conservative Institute of M. R. ©tefánik is helping the Slovak people continue to build their road to freedom.
In recognition, the Conservative Institute of M. R. ©tefánik received an Honorable Mention within the 2007 Templeton Freedom Awards program granted by the Atlas Economic Research Foundation. The Conservative Institute of M. R. ©tefánik spent part of their Honorable Mention grant to publish In Defense of the Free Market. The Liberalni Institut contributed to this publication by generously providing their texts.
My sincere congratulations to all those who have worked on and supported the efforts resulting in this important publication.
Alejandro A. Chafuen, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Arlington, Virginia, USA, April, 2007