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The Atlas Network Book Review: López Obrador and the End of Make-Believe

“The reality of a Mexican in the face of power is reminiscent of the famous exchange between former Argentinian president Carlos Menem and the mother of singer Facundo Cabral: reportedly, Menem warmly greeted the singer’s mother with pleasantries: “Madam, I am a great admirer of your son. Please tell me if there is anything I ca...

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Bulgarian Libertarian Society blocks VAT tax on food vouchers

A 20 percent VAT tax on food vouchers in Bulgaria has been blocked, thanks to the efforts of Bulgarian Libertarian Society (BLS), an Atlas Network partner in the country’s capital city of Sofia. Food vouchers are a common employee benefit in Bulgaria, and research shows that distribution increases motivation and job satisfaction...

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Alternatives to the New Scientism in Development Economics

When Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo were announced as two of this year’s Nobel Prize winners, it prompted a fresh flurry of public critiques of their work in development economics. From voices as diverse as Oxfam’s Duncan Green and Marginal Revolution’s Alex Tabarrok, many economists and aid experts have cautioned against pin...

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Why Egypt is not on a path to end its long struggle with poverty

In 1979, Fouad Ajami wrote that Egypt finds herself between her “pride and place, between her limited material resources and her unbounded psychological esteem for herself, between her old glory and her current poverty." Forty years later, Egyptians are still immersed in the same contrast, and their struggle to leave poverty is...

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Costa Rica cuts its luxury pension scheme

The Costa Rican Legislature recently approved a bill that will cut luxury pensions to over 4,000 retirees. The bill takes aim at a group of pensioners dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas,” (Costa Ricans with Crowns) who receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving more than US$24,000 per month. Instituto de Desarrol...

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Bendukidze Free Market Center Marks 6 Years Since Maidan Massacre

Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC), an Atlas Network partner in Ukraine, recently produced Зима, що нас змінила: шість років після Майдану (The Winter That Changed Us: Six Years After Maidan), a new documentary about 2014’s Revolution of Dignity, which was sparked by the Maidan Massacre.

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Guiding the Discussion for the Economic Future of Lebanon

Government spending, taxation, and the size of government-controlled enterprises in Lebanon are large enough to have a measurable impact on the country’s economic freedom rankings, according to the latest Economic Freedom Audit conducted by Canada’s Fraser Institute in partnership with the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (...

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An Introduction to Atlas Network

Atlas Network increases global prosperity by strengthening a network of independent partner organizations that promote individual freedom and are committed to identifying and removing barriers to human flourishing. Our vision is of a peaceful and prosperous world in which everyone is free to live, associate, and exchange, and in...

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Economic Freedom Index reveals path to prosperity for Spain’s cities

Thirty-one cities in Spain have achieved “acceptable” scores in Economic Freedom, according to a new index by the Madrid-based Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad, also known as Fundalib (Foundation for the Advancement of Liberty). The Municipal Index of Economic Freedom for Spain’s Cities evaluates Spain’s major cities and...

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AMLO and the “Fourth Transformation” in Mexico

According to Enrique Krauze, Mexico's prominent classical-liberal intellectual, new "winds of authoritarianism" are sweeping across Latin America, characterized by all-mighty caudillos who ascend to political power via democratic means, but who then seek to concentrate control over a tightly knit polity of order and moral virtue...

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Young Voices Launches New Podcast Accelerator Program

The explosion of podcasting in recent years has been unprecedented for media in terms of both audience growth and profitability. Podcasts have become a main source of news and opinion, with roughly 26 percent of Americans tuning in regularly. Still, with most listeners being between the ages of 12 and 25, the podcast boom has on...

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La Movilidad Social

In this article Center for Latin America Fellow Gonzalo Schwarz analyzes the state of social mobility in Uruguay and how there is a need for the incoming government to focus more on social mobility instead of inequality as a key policy priority. Doing so would enable more entrepreneurship and a focus on work as the main vehicle...

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Spreading the Liberty Message at AidEx

In November, Atlas Network's Matt Warner, Casey Pifer, and Vale Sloane joined hundreds of aid organizations in Brussels for the annual AidEx event. Billed as the global humanitarian and development event of the year, the conference attracts more than 2,500 visitors and a large presence from most of the major foreign aid agencies...

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2019 Global Influencer Summit kicks off in historic Pennsylvania

Last weekend, a new cohort of think tank leaders gathered at Atlas Network’s first Global Influencer Summit in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania—a historic town in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The summit centered around key management and leadership topics for senior leaders of think tanks. Thirty participants, representing twenty diff...

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Students for Liberty Brazil Wins 2019 Smith Student Outreach Award

Students for Liberty Brazil has been named the winner of Atlas Network’s 2019 Smith Student Outreach Award for their Market Revolution project. “This is the boldest move our organization has ever made,” explained Andre Migliore Freo of SFL Brazil. The campaign was a multi-pronged strategy aimed at changing the public’s opinion o...

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Connor Boyack wins 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition

Atlas Network congratulates Connor Boyack for winning the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank competition with their project blank. The ceremony was held during Atlas Network’s annual Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner. Think Tank Shark Tank offers three think tank leaders the opportunity to pitch exciting new projects to a panel of judges...

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AELSO Makes Inroads in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies Organization (AELSO), an Atlas Network partner, is winning the battle of ideas in a very difficult part of the world. “Whenever someone participates in one of our events for the first time, we get a lot of criticism,” explained Khalid Ramizy, Executive Director of AELSO. “They say, ‘these v...

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Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky: 1942 – 2019

A single name was enough to enrage powerful dictators: Bukovsky. Vladimir Bukovsky was a tower of strength, with the integrity never to buckle and the courage to endure. The word dissident barely suffices to describe him. He was interrogated and then expelled from university at 19 for attending illegal poetry readings and for cr...

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CDE Great Lakes Changes Economic Landscape in Burundi

Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship Great Lakes (CDE), an Atlas Network partner based in Burundi, recently launched two new programs: Great Lakes Academy, which seeks to influence the climate of ideas in Burundi, and the Great Lakes Entrepreneurship Academy, which is designed to educate the next generation of entrepreneu...

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