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In the 1950's, hundreds of thousands came to Hong Kong hoping for freedom and a better life. They settled in droves on the slopes of Hong Kong's geographical centre Lion Rock.
The timeless classic from the 70's by Roman Tam, Under the Lion Rock, tells the story of these people who built Hong Kong while finding their individual fortune. The spirit of a community supported the individual efforts of those seeking freedom and prosperity. The Lion Rock still resonates with the people of Hong Kong, symbolizing the strength of the people, hope for freedom and individual courage. The name of our institute honours the generation that built Hong Kong into the greatest city in Asia.
The Lion Rock Institute was founded in 2004 by three men with a concern for the future of the city and home they love. Creeping socialism is eroding our freedoms. Hong Kong's special place as one of the freest economies in the world must be protected and expanded.
The Institute will:
- Have a direct and demonstrable impact on government policy,
- Educate policy makers, active political participants and the general public on the benefit of adopting free market values in building a prosperous Hong Kong.
- Promote Hong Kong's best free market practices to the world.
- 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.
- The people of Hong Kong have the responsibility to exercise that right in a thoughtful manner after educating themselves on the factors influencing economic issues.
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
The Weekend Standard: China's Business Newspaper, October 30, 2004
Hong Kong: Freedom's Beachhead in China
"The Champion of Hong Kong's Freedom", about Sir John Cowperthaite, by Christian Wignall
March 11, 2007; edited/updated November 26, 2015