UNDERSTANDING RECENT ELECTION RESULTS IN SWEDEN

September 19, 2014

Cato Institute senior fellow -- and 2013 keynote speaker at Atlas Network's Freedom Dinner -- Johan Norberg writes in the UK's Spectator about the recent elections in Sweden, which tossed prime minister Frederik Reinfeldt out of power. Describing Reinfeldt as a Swedish version of David Cameron, Norberg derives lessons for other reformers.

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THE PRIMACY OF IDEAS: INTELLECTUAL BATTLE AT CROSSROADS OF HISTORY IN VIENNA - TODAY’S BERLIN WALLS

September 18, 2014

Atlas Network's Austria-based partner Institut für Wertewirtschaft responded to our #TodaysBerlinWalls challenge with a thoughtful essay on the primacy of "Ideas." Ideas can be a barrier inhibiting our freedoms – or a path for liberating them. The Institut reminds us that their native Vienna birthed the Austrian School of Economics (of Menger, Mises and Hayek, among others), which revitalized the classical liberal tradition. But the city also produced Adolf Hitler, whose ideas engulfed a continent in horrors. The stakes are high, and this impassioned essay explains the commitment of Institut für Wertewirtschaft to its task of spreading ideas that foster peace and human flourishing.

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THREATS TO PERSONAL LIBERTY IN CANADA’S PROVINCES - TODAY’S BERLIN WALLS

September 18, 2014

In many respects, social and economic freedoms have improved significantly over the past few decades. Increasingly however, Western governments are implementing a never-ending series of seemingly minor regulations intended to shift personal behavior. This nanny-state approach to social policy is rapidly becoming more than a minor irritation. It is hijacking every facet of government policy, slowly tangling individuals in a web of bureaucracy.

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SOUND ECONOMIC EDUCATION IN POLAND'S PUBLIC SCHOOLS LACKING - TODAY'S BERLIN WALLS

September 17, 2014

Governments dominate the field of primary and high school education in most western nations today. Governments finance the system, set the curricula, and often run the schools themselves. According to Instytut Misesa in Poland, most Poles see public education as a condition sine qua non of modern society. Private education is allowed, but perceived primarily as an option for the rich and successful.

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NEW ZEALAND’S HOUSING CRISIS WORSENED BY GOVERNMENT POLICY - TODAY'S BERLIN WALLS

September 9, 2014

Auckland is one of the least affordable cities in the world because the government has created too many barriers to homebuilding. In fact, the problem extends beyond Auckland to the entire country of New Zealand. Not enough land is released to the market, which prevents it from being used most effectively. Regulations are also making construction unnecessarily expensive by applying complicated planning and building rules to construction projects. As a result, young New Zealanders are finding it increasingly hard to take their first steps toward ownership of property.

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