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Spanish City to Keep Following Fundalib’s Advice

2020 Europe Liberty Award winner, Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Fundalib), continues to see city-governments in Spain heed the warnings of their Índice de Libertad Económica de las Ciudades Españolas (Index on the Economic Freedom of Spain’s Cities). The index examines municipal data that impacts the economic freedom...


Not your grandfather’s zoom conference: #LFFD20

The realities of the COVID-19 pandemic required Atlas Network to pivot to a suite of virtual Regional Liberty Forums in 2020, but nothing compared to the most-attended Atlas Network event of the year—the 2020 Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner online—which brought together think tank leaders, supporters, and academics from around th...


Center for Indonesian Policy Studies wins 2020 Templeton Freedom Award

The Center for Indonesian Policy Studies has won Atlas Network’s 2020 Templeton Freedom Award for their work to remove harmful trade barriers in Indonesia's food sector, liberating billions of dollars in international commerce and potentially transforming the country’s protectionist outlook on trade. The award, which carries a p...


Roxana Nicula wins the 2020 Think Tank Shark Tank Competition

Roxana Nicula of Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Fundalib) in Spain has been named the winner of the 2020 Think Tank Shark Tank Award! Spain has the highest self-employment tax in the European Union. This excessively high tax has contributed to a youth unemployment rate over 40 percent. Anyone who is self-employed must...


The amazing life of Ron Manners—Stories from the lonely Libertarian

Ron Manners has lived quite a life. He’s gone from running one of the most successful businesses in Australia to becoming an accomplished author and leader of the Mannkal Foundation, which provides young Australians with the opportunity to learn about classical liberal principles from leading experts across the world, to being n...


2020 Think Tank Shark Tank Finalists Announced

Atlas Network is delighted to announce that Linda Kavuka of African Students for Liberty in Kenya, Greg Brooks of Better Cities Project in the United States, and Roxana Nicula of Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Fundalib) in Spain have been named finalists in the 2020 Think Tank Shark Tank competition. The winner, who wi...


CDE’s Kanguka Campaign Rises to Save Burundi’s Economy Amid Lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is ravaging lower-income countries in Africa including Burundi. Atlas Network partner, the Centre for Development and Enterprise Great Lakes (CDE) is engaging in discussions with authorities on how to limit the negative impact of public health safety measures on the economy. The CDE is working with healthca...


2020 Lights, Camera, Liberty Film Festival honorees announced

Property foreclosures, restorative justice, right to work, and entrepreneurship are at the core of five films that will be recognized at this year’s Lights, Camera, Liberty Film Festival. The five finalists for 2020 are Seize This House, by U.S.-based Pacific Legal Foundation; How to Love Your Enemy: A Restorative Justice Story,...


Eliminating luxury pensions | TFA Finalist—Ideas Labs, Luis Loria

More than one million Costa Ricans live in poverty, so how do its leaders justify the “luxury pensions” of a few thousand people who receive, on average, nearly forty-five hundred U.S. dollars a month? Luis Loria, president of Ideas Labs in Costa Rica tells of their success in educating the general public on how luxury pensions...


A Culture of Openness

The latest College Free Speech rankings show that US colleges might not be the best place to be, if you happen to like free speech. In fact, 37 percent of Ivy League students think it is at least sometimes acceptable to shout down a speaker. 21 percent thought it acceptable to use violence to stop a campus speech. Granted, 21 pe...


How to guide your children on the path towards intellectual freedom

In 2019 Connor Boyack, president and CEO of the Libertas Institute, was awarded the Think Tank Shark Tank award for his cutting-edge Free Market Rules Curriculum. The curriculum builds on the widely popular Tuttle Twins books by offering weekly lesson plans for parents to spark meaningful conversations about integral free market...


The 2020 Bureaucracy Index and International Bureaucracy Day

In 2016, Slovakia’s Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) introduced the Bureaucracy Index, which draws attention to the amount of red tape a small entrepreneur has to navigate on a daily basis. The Index is based on a straightforward methodology, using the analysis of a model micro company and all of its bureaucratic...


Easing entry for women entrepreneurs in Indonesia’s digital economy

Lanny runs a small restaurant selling nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) with her family for the past 20 years. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the restaurant can no longer operate and Lanny must switch to cooking her nasi goreng from home and selling it online through food delivery apps. Lanny is one of 33 million women entrepre...


Israel’s butter tariffs repealed after COVID-induced shortages

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has rattled the world economy. Millions have gone back into poverty as the virus, and the lockdowns that go with it, have ripped through every corner of the world. In Israel, strict import restrictions on food have added to the chaos, causing shortages of staple and necessary food items.