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CANADA SHOULD LEARN FROM AUSTRALIA’S FAILED CARBON TAX EXPERIMENT

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in October that the nation’s provinces must implement a carbon tax by 2018 or the federal government would do it instead. In the three months since then, the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, an Atlas Network partner based in Saskatchewan, has led the policy debate by arguing that a...

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ELIMINATING TAXES AND TARIFFS ON INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN PAKISTAN

Pakistan has one of the highest tax rates for mobile phones in the world, and an Internet penetration rate of only 14 percent — less than half of India’s rate, and much less still than other countries in the region. Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), an Atlas Network partner based in Islamabad, has been running...

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CREATING STATE BUDGET SOLUTIONS FOR PENNSYLVANIA

Rather than raise taxes to cover budget shortfalls, the Pennsylvania state government has indicated that it plans to streamline government programs and cut wasteful spending. The Commonwealth Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Harrisburg, is stepping up to the challenge of presenting the government with prudent and pr...

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PUTTING KIDS FIRST WITH NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK 2017

In seven years, National School Choice Week has grown to 142 times its initial size. National School Choice Week aims to celebrate school choice and talk about it in “a broad and inclusive way,” and this year’s event, held Jan. 22–28, promises to impart the inspiration and ideas necessary to broaden the country’s educational op...

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INVESTIGATORY POWERS ACT SUBJECTS UK TO DYSTOPIAN SURVEILLANCE AUTHORITY

Intelligence agencies and police in the United Kingdom have been secretly using unauthorized techniques to eradicate what they defined as online “safe spaces,” where criminals, terrorists, and paedophiles are believed to hide. In 2015, the U.K. government proposed legislation to make these techniques lawful, and ultimately passe...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDITS HELD IN GREECE, URUGUAY, VENEZUELA, SERBIA

The Economic Freedom Audit is a series of events held in different countries around the world, aiming to bring together leading figures from the policy, political, media, business and academic world in order to identify positive reforms that would lead each country to a higher degree of economic freedom as measured by the Fraser...

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REVITALIZING A CLIMATE OF LIBERTY 6 YEARS AFTER THE ‘ARAB SPRING’

Six years after the “Arab Spring” began waves of both conflict and reform throughout the Arab world, results have ranged from significant economic and political reforms to brutally violent civil war. In the intervening years, even the successes of the Arab Spring have waned. Atlas Network partner MinbaralHurriyya.org, an Arabic-...

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WEIGHING COSTS, BENEFITS OF TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP FOR THAILAND

Twelve Pacific Rim countries initially signed on to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement in early 2016. Although the treaty has yet to be ratified, and some signatories may drop out before it takes effect, other countries are also considering the benefits and drawbacks of potential TPP membership. In a recent poli...

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RETHINKING DEVELOPMENT AID IN SWITZERLAND

The Swiss government spent CHF 25.5 billion (almost US$25 billion) in international development aid during the first 15 years of this century, reports a new study from Zurich-based Atlas Network partner the Liberal Institute (LI), but recipient countries continue to decline. Rather than continuing to funnel money into endless re...

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COSTS EXCEED $1 TRILLION ANNUALLY FOR U.S. FEDERAL TAX COMPLIANCE

Federal tax regulations in the United States are incomprehensibly complex, with the Internal Revenue Code now reaching 74,608 pages that contain 2.4 million words, as well as an additional 7.7 million words of regulatory clarification from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). The annual cost of compliance has reached more than $1...

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ATLAS NETWORK’S TOP FACEBOOK POSTS OF 2016

The Rolling Stones in Cuba, the United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union, Liberty Forum 2016, inspiring quotes from Milton Friedman and Walter Williams — all these and more were among Atlas Network’s top Facebook posts from 2016. Take a look back at the year’s most engaging social media content.

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ATLAS NETWORK’S TOP STORIES OF 2016

Rich narratives about the important work for liberty happening in Brazil, Ukraine, and West Virginia; an examination of freedom’s traditional roots throughout Asia; a look at Cuba’s human rights record in the wake of its new trade with the West, an explanation of why the ideas in our movies matter; and more. Take a look back at...

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REFORMING AND PRIVATIZING STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES IN SRI LANKA

When governments manage businesses, they lack the profit and loss signals that free markets provide, leading to vast losses and inefficiency. Sri Lanka’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have been chronically inefficient and wasteful, but Atlas Network partner the Advocata Institute, based in Kotte, is helping to change things. Th...

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MISES BOOT CAMP INDONESIA TEACHES SOUND ECONOMICS TO YOUNG PEOPLE

Indonesians have enjoyed democracy for more than 18 years now. Although collectivist ideas are still widespread in Indonesia, a young generation is taking an increasing interest in the ideas of liberty. The freedom-oriented website SuaraKebebasan.org (“Voice of Freedom”), an Atlas Network partner based in Indonesia, has establis...

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ILAPI-GHANA SPREADS PRACTICAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP TO SIERRA LEONE AND BEYOND

The people of Sierra Leone lack fundamental liberty. According to the “Index of Economic Freedom,” an annual guide published by the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation, the country ranks 142nd out of 178 measured countries. Sierra Leone’s 10 year civil war in 1990s had devastating effects on the country’s economy, an...

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‘FREE PORTS’ WOULD BOOST UK ECONOMY WITH RENEWED INTERNATIONAL TRADE

The United Kingdom’s “Brexit” from the European Union gives the country new economic latitude, which can be harnessed to advance economic freedom and commerce. One such opportunity would be the creation of “free ports,” a type of free trade zone that falls geographically within the U.K. but operates outside its customs authority...

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2016 ARAB LIBERTY FESTIVAL FOCUSES ON ECONOMIC FREEDOM FOR MIDDLE EAST

The second annual Arab Liberty Festival, held from Nov. 28 through Dec. 5 in Rabat, Morocco, focused on promoting economic freedom and classical liberal values throughout the Middle East. Hosted by the Arab Center for Scientific Research and Humane Studies and sponsored by Atlas Network, the Arab Liberty Festival brought togethe...

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BLUEPRINT FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE IN MISSOURI

Missouri has had weak economic growth throughout the 21st century, lagging behind most other states both before and after the 2008 recession — 48th out of 50 states in GDP growth between 1997 and 2015. The Show-Me Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in St. Louis, recently published “2017 Blueprint: Moving Missouri Forward,...

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YOUTH IN ARGENTINA LEARN PRACTICAL ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS

The best way to learn about entrepreneurship and market innovation is through firsthand experience. Atlas Network partner Junior Achievement Argentina (JA Argentina) recently partnered with General Electric (GE) to host the Innovation Challenge, in which 40 students aged 16–18 proposed innovative solutions to everyday problems....

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HELPING MUNICIPALITIES IN MEXICO TAME SOARING BUDGETS

Municipal spending is rising in Mexico, growing by 66.8 percent during the decade from 2004 to 2014, according to the seventh edition of the Municipal Budget Information Index (IIPM), an annual publication from Atlas Network partner Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO). In fact, Mexican municipalities and delegations...

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SUGAR CANE REGULATIONS IN COSTA RICA LEAD TO MONOPOLIZED INDUSTRY

Sugar cane production is a big business in Costa Rica, but the country’s regulatory regime and protectionist trade restrictions prevent competition and keep prices high. Atlas Network partner Instituto de Políticas Públicas y Libertad (IPL) seeks to educate the Costa Rican public about public policies that expand and retract fre...

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INEQUALITY, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF MOBILITY

For Christmas, our five-year-old son Sebastian wants a Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage. Our two-year-old daughter Arianna will also play with those cars, although we will continue to try to get her to like dolls. Despite these presents and all the presents in the years to come, however, my wife and I think the best present we ever co...

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