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  • How Bitcoin Will End World Poverty- Interview

    SINGER: Okay. The Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Peru, I really think Hernando de Soto should win the Nobel prize for the work he’s done. I hope he does. But he’s going around the world and identified one of the most powerful things to the economy and the creation of wealth. And that is the ownership of property. FORBES: Which you can then use as collateral.  Read More
  • Why Thomas Piketty is wrong about capital in the 21st century

    Thomas Piketty’s book Capital In The Twenty-First Century has attracted worldwide attention, not because he crusades against inequality –many of us do that– but because of its central thesis, based on his reading of the 19th and 20th centuries, that capital “mechanically produces arbitrary, unsustainable inequalities”, inevitably leading the world to misery, violence and wars and will continue to do so in this century. Read More
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Bush tells me about Hernando de Soto, the Peruvian economist who specializes in the so-called informal economy (removed from taxes and government oversight). The economist documented frustrations of entrepreneurs across the globe whose innovations are crushed by crony capitalism and government monopolies, including a Tunisian man who in 2013 set himself afire in protest. “We’re not Tunisia by any stretch of the imagination,” Bush says, but “we’re getting more and more complicated.”

 Hernando de Soto was  the main speaker at a roundtable discussion hosted by The Atlantic and Omidyar Network on property rights in New York City on September 25th, 2015. The discussion focused on the importance of assets and property rights in determining how best to sustainably move  away from inequality within the growing global economy.

Much of this is due to an absence of basic property rights, as economist Hernando de Soto argues throughout his popular book, The Mystery of Capital. If the global poor don’t have the legal means or incentives to trade beyond families and small communities, so-called “globalization” will still leave plenty behind.

The Pope’s writings and interviews show that his teachings are within the Catholic social tradition, and that he supports business creativity, job creation, economic growth, and free markets. Like his predecessors, Pope Francis says that he does not propose a political ideology, or a sort of “unruly activism” or “irresponsible populism.”   

The defining battle of the 20th Century was the fight between communism and capitalism. In the end, capitalism triumphed, but in its wake, it created a small cabal of elites, and endless poverty.

As Europe continues to be flooded by refugees fleeing from war torn countries, such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan it has led to a frantic search for solutions. One solution recommended in a New York Times article this week, Who’s Responsible for the Refugees?, highlights the the work of Peruvian economist Hernando de Soto as holding a key to solving the crisis long term.

The Arab Spring was triggered by the self-immolation in the former French colony of Tunisia, in December 2010, of Mohamed Bouazizi.Bouazizi was not a labourer but a businessman since the age of 12, who very much wanted more capital (ras el mel in Arabic). A Eurocentric classification system blinded us to the fact that Bouazizi, in reality, was leading an Arab industrial revolution of sorts.

While we can argue forever about the causes of conflict in the Middle East, it is impossible to ignore the impact of American foreign policy on what’s happening in Europe.The Iraq invasion (which could reasonably be described as “largely America’s responsibility”) unleashed a period of instability and competition in the region that is collapsing states and fueling sectarian conflict.

In the forests of India, something exciting is going on. Villagers are regaining property taken from them when the British colonial authorities nationalized their forests. Just as exciting, in urban Kenya and elsewhere, people are doing away with the need for banks by exchanging and saving their money digitally. All over the world, poor people are discovering the blessings of bottom-up capitalism.

Hernando de Soto, the famous Peruvian economist and author of the book The Mystery of Capital, asserts that no nation can have a strong market economy without adequate participation in an information framework that records ownership of property and other economic information.

 World renowned Peruvian singer Pedro Suárez-Vértiz has dedicated a whole chapter in his recent book, 'Yo Pedro: Mi Vida, Mi Música, Primeras historias' to ILD's Hernando De Soto.The chapter is titled, ‘Una conversacion de altura’ and in it he talks about his personal encounters with De Soto on   an airplane and singing at his birthday party. Suárez-Vértiz recalls his positive impressions and talks about the global influence of De Soto.

 Piketty worries about wars in the future and suggests that they will come about in the form of a rebellion against the inequities of capital. Perhaps he hasn’t noticed that the wars over capital have already begun right under Europe’s nose in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Had he not missed these events, he would have seen that these are not uprisings against capital, as his thesis claims, but for capital.


ILD's President Hernando de Soto was the main speaker at a conference on August 21st, 2015 at the Peruvian Armed Forces Joint College in the Chorillos district of Lima. The theme of the conference was Peru's property, sovereignty and national security. The Attendees included military leaders, students and foreign/local dignitaries from several embassies in Lima. During the speech De Soto brought up the successful defeat of the Shining Path.

 On August 18, 2015, ILD's Hernando de Soto met with the Peruvian Minister of Defense Jakke Valakivi, and Ronald Hurtado the Commander General of the Peruvian Armed  Forces at their headquarters in Lima. At the meeting, which was attended by the press, the two spoke about the upcoming conference at the Joint College of  the Armed Forces, where De Soto is the main speaker at a conference.

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