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LITHUANIAN ‘ECONOMICS IN 31 HOURS’ TEXTBOOK WINS LONDON BOOK FAIR AWARD

Economics education in Lithuania has been transformed by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s (LFMI) groundbreaking Economics in 31 Hours textbook, which, less than two years after its original publication, is now in use by a remarkable 68 percent of 9th and 10th graders in Lithuania’s schools — more than 22,000 students acros...

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THE VAST BURDEN OF U.S. ‘REGULATORY DARK MATTER’

Every day, the U.S. regulatory apparatus collects new regulations, proclamations, issuances, memoranda, etc., that add up to a tremendous burden on market activity and civil society. A new study from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), an Atlas Network partner based in Washington, D.C., aims to measure the extent of this...

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EXAMINING FRANCE’S TURBULENT POLITICAL CLIMATE

France will hold a new presidential election at the end of April, with effects that will ripple throughout Europe, and the destructive ideas of both populism and socialism are playing a prominent role in candidate rhetoric. The Institute Formation de Politique (IFP), an Atlas Network partner based in France, provides an antidote...

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SPENDING TRACKER SHOWS HOW MUCH MONEY U.S. CONGRESSMEN WASTE

With the flick of a pen, government officials spend countless billions of dollars — an “unlimited credit card,” as Jonathan Bydlak, founder and president of Atlas Network partner the Institute for Reduced Spending, puts it. In order to help hold politicians accountable, the organization created its “What’s My Congressman’s Numbe...

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SLOVAKIA’S CATALYST FOR CHANGE

Modern Slovakia is like night and day compared to its years under communist rule, before the 1989 Velvet Revolution hastened the end of communist control, ultimately dissolving the Soviet Union in 1991. The nation has forged its own path since its Velvet Divorce separated Slovakia from the Czech Republic only two years after tha...

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PULLING THE ANDON CORD: USING TEAMS TO MAKE DECISIONS

In the early 1980s, the workers at a General Motors plant in California had become so disillusioned with their jobs that they sometimes sabotaged the quality of the cars on purpose. The plant began to perform so poorly that the company shut it down. That failure, though, is only the first part of a great turnaround story. In a s...

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HONDURAS OVERHAULS TAX CODE, WORKS TOWARD FLAT TAX APPROVAL

There are more than 1,968,165 taxpayers in Honduras — and they have long been burdened by a tax regime that violates due process rights, uses excessive military force to carry out tax raids, and disproportionately penalizes entrepreneurs in the middle and working classes. Fundación Eléutera, an Atlas Network partner in Honduras,...

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INDONESIA’S BIGGEST CHALLENGES

In many ways, Indonesia is a Southeast Asian success story. This vast archipelago contains the world’s fourth-largest population, and transitioned to democracy only 20 years ago during the Asian financial crisis. At the time, 24 percent of Indonesians lived below the poverty line. Since then, 10 million Indonesians have escaped...

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REMINDING TEXAS POLITICIANS OF CHILDREN’S EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

A school choice bill filed in the Texas Legislature in February would create both an education savings account (ESA) program and a tax credit scholarship program, which would provide students stuck in failing public schools with crucial educational alternatives. Unfortunately, state Rep. Dan Huberty, chairman of the House Public...

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DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN COSTA RICA GENERATES INNOVATIVE BUSINESS MODELS

The sharing economy makes it possible for people with scarce means to earn a living in new, innovative ways. In Costa Rica, a country that stagnates at a long-term trend of 10 percent unemployment, something as simple as the swipe of a smartphone screen can help families living in poverty make ends meet. New business models disr...

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BLACKSTONE & BURKE CENTER FOSTERS FOUNDATIONAL IDEAS OF LIBERTY

Although Alabama has been rocked by political scandal during the past year, the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law and Liberty, an Atlas Network partner based in Montgomery, is working to help the state heal through its focus on the foundational ideas of liberty and traditional common law. Named after two 18th century scholars, t...

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NEW CIVIL SOCIETY GUIDE FOR EGYPTIAN MPS ARGUES AGAINST NGO CRACKDOWN

Egypt has cracked down on non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in recent months, following a new 2016 law that aims “to erase civil society off the socio-political sphere in Egypt,” says human rights activist Fadi al-Qadi. The Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) has worked to foster the institutions of civil socie...

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SOUTH AFRICA CRIPPLES PRIVATE HEALTH INSURANCE POLICIES

South Africa is in the process of transitioning the country’s health care provision to a centralized, government-controlled National Health Insurance (NHI) system. New regulations passed during the transition period have continually made private health insurance less effective, such as a provision that denies low-income earners...

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TRAINING CHILEAN STUDENTS IN PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM, CITIZENSHIP

The future prosperity of any country depends on educating a new generation of leaders in the principles of freedom, sound economics, and good citizenship. Instituto Res Publica (IRP), an Atlas Network partner based in Chile, aims to foster young leaders through its ongoing citizen training courses and other educational activitie...

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CONTRACTING FOR SUCCESS

A few years ago, I was frustrated with a contractor’s failure to meet even the most basic terms of our agreement. I had not heard from him for an extended period despite sending emails to see what was happening. When we finally connected, we were both frustrated (I had stopped payment, which usually gets someone’s attention). As...

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CAPITAL RESEARCH CENTER INVESTIGATES NONPROFIT LOBBYING, REGULATORY CAPTURE

Consumer advocacy groups aren’t always what they seem to be. Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety (CARS), for instance, is a group that purports “to save lives, prevent injuries, and protect consumers from auto-related fraud and abuse,” but a recent report from Capital Research Center (CRC), an Atlas Network partner based i...

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INSIDE ROMANIA’S ANTI-CORRUPTION PROTEST MOVEMENT

Holding political leaders accountable for their actions is a crucial component of the rule of law, so when the Romanian government effectively decriminalized government corruption on Jan. 31 through the issuance of an Emergency Government Ordinance, the move triggered extensive protests that have encompassed more than half a mil...

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DR. TOM G. PALMER WINS ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD AT ISFLC 2017

Each year at the International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC), the organization recognizes an alumnus of the year, granting the award to a former student who has made a significant contribution to advancing freedom. This year, Students for Liberty (SFL) presented the Alumnus of the Year Award to Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas...

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‘LIBERTY IN AFRICA’ ONLINE COURSE EXPLORES PRINCIPLES OF FREEDOM

Africa is an enormous and diverse continent encompassing dozens of independent countries with wide-ranging political systems, circumstances, and resources. Still, people share a struggle for liberty throughout Africa that shares many commonalities. Students for Liberty (SFL) and African Students for Liberty (ASFL) have partnered...

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CHINESE THINK TANK UNIRULE HAS ONLINE PRESENCE DELETED

Since its founding in 1993, Unirule Institute of Economics, based in Beijing, has contributed enormously to prosperity, mobility, and increasing space for voluntary civil society. Recently, its entire online presence was effectively erased, rumored to have been carried out by elements of the Chinese government. Sheng Hong, direc...

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS IN MALAWI PITCH INNOVATIVE NEW IDEAS

A doctor presents her new mobile app, which will help medical professionals better assess the condition of newborn babies. A college student proposes an image capture system to prevent bus overcrowding. Local entrepreneurs are in the best position to understand the challenges that the people around them face, and the Center for...

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MILLENNIALS IN SPAIN FACE MODERN CHALLENGES WITH FOCUS ON FREEDOM

Millennials in Spain tend to lean toward the progressive left, as seen in recent electoral results, because they lack an understanding of the basic principles of a free society, explains Isabel Benjumea, director of Atlas Network partner Red Floridablanca. In order to tackle this critical challenge for the future of liberty in S...

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MORE THAN 570 NEPALESE STUDENTS EMBRACE OPEN-MARKET PRINCIPLES

There is good reason for optimism in Nepal these days. It has been more than a decade since the civil war between the Nepalese government and the Maoist Communist Party, and nearly two years since the catastrophic earthquake that claimed the lives of thousands. The country is still healing, but relative stability has given rise...

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