The Lion Rock Institute
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The Lion Rock Institute (Chinese: 獅子山學會) is a not-for-profit free-market think tank in Hong Kong. The Lion Rock Institute claims itself to be Hong Kong's first independent free-market think tank. According to the Institute's website, it was created "to ensure that freedom and prosperity would continue to thrive in Hong Kong". It is one of the institutions supported by the Atlas Network.
The Institute was founded in August 2004 by founders Simon Lee, Andrew Work, and Andrew Shuen.
The Lion Rock Institute is active in a range of aspects of Hong Kong society, especially broadcasting and telecom, town planning, transportation, house and redevelopment, fiscal management, competition law, social mobility, minimum wage, education, health care, and financial services. It does not concern itself with foreign policies or those concerning mainland China.
The Lion Rock Institute subscribes to the view that "policies from a free market perspective", such as defending property rights, lessening government interferences on the market, and advocating low taxes rates and minimal restrictions on businesses, "will contribute to a freer and more prosperous future for Hong Kong".
The Institute explains that "In the 1950s, hundreds of thousands fled turmoil in Mainland China. They hoped for freedom and a better life. They settled in droves on the slopes of Hong Kong’s geographical centre, Lion Rock..."Under the Lion Rock", a 1970s classic by Roman Tam, tells the story of the people who built Hong Kong. The spirit of a community supported the individual efforts of those seeking freedom and prosperity." The Lion Rock name symbolizes the strength of the people of Hong Kong, both during this time and in general; by taking on the name, the Institute hopes to express the "hope for freedom, individual courage" and an aspiration to build a prosperous future of the people of Hong Kong.
Among the Institute's values:
- Free market values as expressed by Adam Smith, Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and others provide the strongest base for guiding successful government policy in Hong Kong.
- Truly independent research is an absolutely necessary part of the debate leading to intelligent policy.
- The people of Hong Kong have a right and the capability to be involved in the debate about the economic policy of today that will affect their future.
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