IEA PROPOSES RADICAL DEVOLUTION OF POLITICAL POWER

March 30, 2015

When political power is concentrated with a relatively small and centralized group, the politicians are both less able to understand the varied social conditions that the political process seeks to address and have less of a vested interest in truly making things better for their widely dispersed constituents. A new paper from Atlas Network partner Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) argues that current parliamentary proposals to “balance” national power don’t approach the problem correctly, and instead details a strong case for a radical devolution of political authority and fiscal decentralization.

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NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY HOSTS LIBERTY AND LEADERSHIP FORUM

March 27, 2015

Without a culture grounded in in the ideas of liberty, individual autonomy, and property rights, the chances for any nation to build a prosperous society are fleeting at best. That’s why it’s so important for organizations like African Students for Liberty (ASFL) to instill in the continent’s youth a thorough background in freedom and sound economics, and training in how to lead, organize, network, and expose those ideas to exponentially more students throughout Africa.

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WORKING SMART: BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SHARES STRATEGIES FOR EFFICIENCY

March 25, 2015

“However you define it, success correlates with two chief qualities: one is intelligence; the other is self-control,” writes John Tierney, the best-selling author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Tierney presented his advice for improving efficiency — as a leader, an entrepreneur, or a staff member — during Atlas Network’s 2014 Liberty Forum. Now published in this new Roadmaps article, Tierney offers eight strategies for working smart:

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CANADA’S ECONOMIC POLICY INEVITABLY STIFLES REAL INNOVATION

March 25, 2015 | by Adam Allouba

Thanks in large part to its abundant supply of oil, Canada’s economy has spent much of the past seven years as the envy of the world. When the price of crude began to plunge in August 2014, though, so did Canada’s economic outlook. Growth forecasts were cut, the dollar plummeted, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper set aside his oft-repeated boast that Canada is an “emerging energy superpower.” Harper has hinted that the upcoming federal budget will focus on boosting the manufacturing sector instead, but Canadians should ask themselves whether it is proper for government to decide which industries will flourish and which should fade.

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TOLERATION: THE LIBERAL PATH TO PEACE AND PROSPERITY

March 25, 2015 | by Dr. Bican Şahin, Ph.D.

We all live in a world characterized by social diversity. Some communities may appear homogeneous, but our reality is that ethnic, religious, cultural, gender, sexual, and ideological differences are never far away. Although many individuals cherish this diversity and see it as a source of social richness, there remain many who see such differences as a threat to their own identity. When those who feel threatened by social differences attempt to eradicate or suppress them, conflict results. This presents political philosophers with their biggest challenge: securing peace.

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LIBERAL ACADEMY EDUCATES YOUTH IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

March 19, 2015

A new generation of young libertarians is growing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants in the Liberal Academy, an award-winning project of Atlas Network partner Multi (Udruzenje Gradana), have the opportunity to collect points throughout the year that, over time, demonstrate their mastery of the core ideas of liberalism and economic freedom.

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AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM EXAMINES HOW STATES MISMANAGE COMMON GOODS

March 19, 2015

In nations without strong property rights or a consistent rule of law, there tends to be little or low-quality provision and management of public and common goods. Governments don’t have the incentives, resources, or institutional structure to manage them effectively, and private efforts are informal, inconsistent, and often outright barred by law. Atlas Network partner Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), based in the Ivory Coast, organized a February symposium to explore the problems with common goods in Africa and how they affect prospects for development throughout the continent. Produced in collaboration with ARIS-intelligence, the event included contributions from professors with backgrounds in economics, philosophy, history, and law.

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PETITION FOR PRIVATIZATION IN SLOVENIA GARNERS 11,700 SIGNATURES

March 19, 2015

The Slovenian economy is lagging behind other comparable countries in the European Union (EU), and widespread state control over industry is one of the primary reasons, argues Atlas Network partner Lighthouse Association (Drustvo Svetilnik). In January and February, Lighthouse Association and other like-minded organizations collected more than 11,700 signatures for its petition “FOR privatization, FOR depoliticization of the economy!” and delivered them personally on Feb. 16 to President Milan Brglez of the National Assembly.

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