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AUSTRALIAN ORGANIZATION EXPLAINS INDEPENDENT ROLE OF THINK TANKS

People sometimes perceive think tanks as mouthpieces for corporations or interest groups, created only to further an agenda through biased information. This view misses the point entirely, and misrepresents both the nature and the purpose of independent think tanks. “The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics,” a recent pap...

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HOW FEE.ORG HAS CHANGED

With 1 million readers per month, and a dramatically increased publication schedule, many people have noticed that this is clearly a new FEE.org. We think of it as an expanded implementation of the original purpose of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which was not founded as a policy shop or a house for pure academic...

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LAND ACCESS REFORM WOULD TRANSFORM EGYPT INTO PARTICIPATORY ECONOMY

The right to own property is one of the foundational principles of modern democracy and society, but more than 90 percent of the land in Egypt today is owned by the government — and the lack of options for private land registration has pushed more than 60 percent of the Egyptian economy into informal markets and slums. A recent...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM ENABLES SUCCESS AFTER PRISON

Each year, 30,000 people leave Illinois prisons after completing their sentences. They’ve made mistakes and served their time. But now, the biggest challenge they face will be getting back on their feet and staying out of crime.

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NEW ECONOMIC SCHOOL CREATES AN OASIS OF FREE INQUIRY IN CAUCASUS REGION

It’s easy for Westerners to take it for granted that they’ll always have access to peaceful, safe forums in which to discuss ideas — but some regions of the world are more hostile to free and open intellectual discussions. That’s why events like the IX International Summer School on Liberty, Law, and Economics in Bakuriani, Geor...

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STUDY HELPS REDUCE TAXES, WASTEFUL SPENDING IN WEST VIRGINIA

West Virginia’s economy lags in comparison to most other states, consistently ranked near the bottom in most measures of economic performance and growth. Chief among the state’s fiscal problems is its staggering level of wasteful government spending. The recent study “Wild and Wasteful West Virginia," produced by Atlas Network p...

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BULGARIA STRUGGLES WITH HIGH RATES OF MUNICIPAL FAILURE, CORRUPTION

Bulgaria is often overlooked among European economies, but its comparatively free market has allowed the country to remain stable and self-sufficient both during and after the European debt crisis. That may not last, though, warns the Institute for Market Economics (IME), an Atlas Network partner based in Sofia. Excessive intern...

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FREE SOCIETY INITIATIVE SPREADS IDEAS OF LIBERTY IN MALAWI

One of the biggest impediments to a free society is a lack of knowledge about the ideas of liberty and the benefits they provide when allowed to flourish. In its ongoing efforts to educate young people about liberty, the Center for Free Market Enterprise (CFME), an Atlas Network partner in Malawi, has spearheaded a project calle...

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APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR 2016 BASTIAT PRIZE FOR JOURNALISM

The ideas of liberty can only have an impact on the world if they are communicated to others effectively, and the most compelling examples of such communication are worthy of recognition and reward. As such, journalists, bloggers and other writers are hereby invited to enter their work in the 2016 Bastiat Prize for Journalism, p...

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CHALLENGING TENNESSEE’S HARSH LICENSE TO SHAMPOO HAIR

Occupational licensing requirements put government in the business of picking winners and losers, artificially propping up current practitioners at the expense of newcomers. In Tennessee, for instance, the state Board of Cosmetology requires 300 hours of training and up to $3,000 in tuition simply for a license to shampoo hair....

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ALA ALUM BUILDS LONG-TERM STRATEGY FOR LIBERTY MOVEMENT IN CAMEROON

International diplomacy focuses on cooperation between countries rather than conflict. When trained diplomat Asanji Burnley first encountered the ideas of liberty at a 2013 event hosted by Atlas Network partner LibreAfrique.org, though, he realized that he wanted to build institutions that would promote freedom and cooperation b...

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NEW ZEALAND HERITAGE BUILDING REGULATIONS PLACE PUBLIC AT RISK

There is artistic and cultural value in maintaining historically significant buildings, but preservation efforts can also lead to public safety risks. Earthquakes threaten the older foundations and facades of heritage-designated buildings in New Zealand, explains “Deadly Heritage,” a recent joint report of Deloitte New Zealand a...

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THE DANGEROUS PATH OF POPULISM IN POLAND

After decades of communist rule, Poland transitioned to a democratic government and a market economy in 1989 — and the results were dramatic, with rapidly rising living standards that eclipsed most other post-socialist countries. A recent surge in populism, however, is threatening Poland’s economic miracle, warns economist Lesze...

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REPORT EXPOSES WIDESPREAD UK GOVERNMENT DATA BREACHES

Privacy, especially online, is under unceasing threat of being compromised by criminals and government officials — so the defense of civil liberties must evolve along with technology. Big Brother Watch, an Atlas Network partner organization founded in 2009 to raise awareness regarding threats to civil liberties and expanding sta...

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IEA ‘THINK CONFERENCE’ FOCUSES ON WORLD’S ECONOMIC PROBLEMS

The world is filled with problems, but few people recognize how markets have dramatically improved quality of life throughout the world in recent decades. Advocates of free markets are often drowned out by mistaken cries for protectionism, so the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) established its Think Conference l...

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STRASSEL’S ‘INTIMIDATION GAME’

Frederick Douglass once called the suppression of free speech a “double wrong,” because “it violates the rights of the hearer as well as those of the speaker.” This truth becomes especially apparent when political speech is stifled, making it difficult or impossible for a speaker’s message to reach his or her audience. A new boo...

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TIMBRO INDEX DOCUMENTS RISE OF AUTHORITARIAN POPULISM IN EUROPE

Authoritarian populism is one of the greatest contemporary threats to liberty — a worrying trend that is on the rise in Europe. In recent elections, a fifth of all European voters have cast their votes for populist parties, and a third of governments in Europe are dependent on populist parties. Timbro, an Atlas Network partner o...

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FREEDOM AND VIRTUE INSTITUTE HELPS NEEDY DISCOVER THEIR SELF-WORTH

Medicaid, Social Security and unemployment benefits, and other forms of welfare in the United States ostensibly aim to elevate adults out of poverty, and underprivileged children often receive free lunches, school supplies, or clothing. The charitable impulse is valuable, but by focusing solely on poverty alleviation, these prog...

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COMMEMORATING LEONARD LIGGIO’S LIFE AND LEGACY FOR FREEDOM

Leonard Liggio is one of the freedom movement’s great heroes. He spent the last two decades of his life with Atlas Network as its executive vice president, where he helped (among other achievements) to usher in Atlas Network’s important collaborations with John Templeton Foundation. He also served at various times as president o...

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EXORBITANT MOTORBIKE TAXATION IN NEPAL HINDERS LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS

It used to be that to own a motorbike in Nepal was a luxury — something extravagant, like owning a BMW or a Porsche. As Nepal has become more and more industrialized, though, motorbikes have become not only common but a necessity for many Nepalese citizens in their daily lives. Still, the government continues to tax motorbikes a...

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OIL PRICE VOLATILITY THREATENS FISCAL HEALTH OF TOP-PERFORMING STATES

Global crude oil prices finally started to creep back up in June in response to both political disruptions to oil production and growing demand. This trend — a reversal of what we’ve seen since 2014 — may be a good sign for producers, but it also introduces volatility into the market. This not only poses a threat to producers as...

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