The Christmas break is over and the new year is here! 2016 was certainly an eventful year and many people have expressed satisfaction that it is finally over. 2017 will bring many new changes, and I can only hope that it will be a year of increased liberty for all.
I started my week back at the office by continuing my research for the Centre of Independent studies. Early in the week I was also asked to speak at the International Coalition Meeting, which is a monthly event held by the Atlas Network and Americans for Tax Reform. It is a fast-paced one hour meeting with people from all over the world (often speakers are attending through Skype) and from different backgrounds. Many of whom give a quick rundown on the situation in their home country or a project they are currently working on.
It typically focuses on the on-going political sagas around the world. I first spoke proudly about the Mannkal Foundation and encouraged everyone to get in contact with us to help our future scholars. I then gave an update on the political situation in my home country of Denmark, where just last month, a new coalition government was formed by two centre-right parties plus an actual libertarian party (the Liberal Alliance)! This is truly exciting news for a country with such a steadfast and widespread support for an ever-increasing welfare state. It is early days yet, but it looks promising indeed.
I also took some time on the weekend to go sightseeing just over the border in Virginia. I went to see the Pentagon, which probably needs no further introduction. It is the largest office building in the whole of the United States, with approximately 23,000 employees. There was strictly no photography allowed but I was able to take one photo at the sombre Pentagon Memorial, built on the sight of the 9/11 attacks.
This weekend I will take a trip over to the city that never sleeps – New York! I find DC to be very busy (compared to Perth), but I have been told that NYC is positively teeming with people – it is the most congested place in the US. I can’t wait!