AFGHANISTAN THINK TANK CELEBRATES FIVE YEARS OF ADVANCING LIBERTY

December 19, 2014

This month, Afghanistan Economic & Legal Studies Organization (AELSO) celebrated its fifth anniversary of advancing its mission “to promote the values of individual freedom and of the responsibility of civil society for the creation and sustenance of the institutions of limited government, the rule of law, and the other institutional foundations of the free society.”

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THE HUNGRY (EIGHTEEN) FORTIES

December 17, 2014

Many people believe the bureaucratic machinery of the welfare state is necessary for the survival of the poor. John Tomasi, Romeo Elton Professor of Natural Philosophy at Brown University, uses a play from London in 1909 called A Message from the Forties to remind us, however, that the decentralized institutions of a truly free society are the necessary foundation for the least-well-off in society not only to survive, but to thrive.

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IMANI CELEBRATES 10 YEARS AS GHANA’S PUBLIC-SECTOR WATCHDOG

December 17, 2014

For the past decade, Atlas Network partner IMANI Center for Policy and Education has aimed to subject all government policies to analysis based on rational choice, public choice, due diligence, vested interest, and value for money. Ten years later, IMANI is now ranked as the most influential in Ghana and the fourth-best think tank in Africa.

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CELEBRATING MONETARY STABILITY IN ECUADOR

December 17, 2014

Fifteen years ago, the people of Ecuador began abandoning their rapidly depreciating currency and adopted the U.S. dollar as the official currency instead. Last month, Atlas Network partner the Ecuadorian Institute for Political Economy (IEEP), whose leaders played a part in the dollarization process, hosted an international conference to celebrate the 15-year anniversary of the country’s dollarization and the monetary stability that has come as a result.

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THINK TANK PROFESSIONALS GO HOLLYWOOD

December 16, 2014

Hollywood screenwriters, producers, and media pros welcomed this year's class of Lights, Camera, Liberty participants — think tanks from all over the world committed to creating and distributing high-impact online video — to Santa Monica, Calif., last week for three days of workshops, training, and networking.

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ILLUSTRATING THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY

December 11, 2014

The fundamentals of economics, individual rights, and the rule of law are often missing from childhood education, but Atlas Network’s innovative partners are finding ways to package their message of freedom into fresh and engaging mediums. Three partners — Civil Development Forum (FOR) in Poland, Research Foundation for Governance (RFGI) in India, and Libera in Finland — have published comic books this year, each with the goal of getting a younger audience interested in their personal and economic freedoms.

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FROM WELFARE TO WORK

December 8, 2014

The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) has published a new piece in Forbes about reducing government dependency as an incentive to work. The FGA offers a solution to the Medicaid (an American healthcare supplement for low-income earners) budget which is quickly bleeding out — renewing Medicaid expansion on a temporary basis for those who have already signed up, but immediately freezing enrollment going forward.

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THE TAXPAYERS’ ALLIANCE WINS BIG ON STAMP OUT STAMP DUTY CAMPAIGN

December 7, 2014

The Stamp Duty is a tax on property purchases in the UK that makes it unnecessarily difficult for homeowners to move when they need to. It stops young people from buying a home and starting a family, discourages elderly people from downsizing, and stops people moving to new places for new jobs. On December 4, Chancellor George Osborne abolished the ‘slab’ rate structure and transitioned to a marginal rate structure, cutting the bill for the vast majority of homebuyers.

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