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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Israel’s butter tariffs repealed after COVID-induced shortages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.


213. Preparing for a pro-liberty Argentina—Candelaria de Elizalde

The mission of Libertad y Progreso (LyP) is to contribute to a deep change in Argentina, and according to Candelaria de Elizalde, LyP general coordinator, that deep change is needed now more than ever. Candelaria explains what things are like on the ground in light of the pandemic, bad government policies, and a rise in populism...


Suspending the CAT will jumpstart Ohio’s economic recovery

The Buckeye Institute, a longtime partner of Atlas Network, is spearheading research that could jumpstart Ohio’s post COVID-19 economy. In their May 28 policy memo, “Suspending the CAT Will Help Ohio's Economy”, Buckeye determined that suspending Ohio’s commercial activities tax (CAT) for the upcoming fiscal year would help str...


211. Combatting crony capitalism in Michigan—Joe Lehman and Mike Lafaive

What does crony capitalism look like? In Michigan, it looks like seventy years of the state government taking money from small businesses to give big corporations special incentives to create jobs. Joe Lehman, president of Mackinac; and Mike Lafaive, senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, explain the ways they sh...


Linda Whetstone Named President of Mont Pelerin Society

Linda Whetstone was seventeen years old in 1959 when she attended her first Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) meeting with her father, Sir Antony Fisher, at Oxford. She was studying the equivalent of high school economics at the time, and was inspired by the revolutionary ideas discussed by the attendees and presentations from speakers...


210. Shining a light on Lebanon’s key moment—Patrick Mardini

Patrick Mardini, president and founder of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS), provides a free market perspective on the fallout of the recent explosions in Beirut. Patrick also describes the precipice that Lebanon currently finds itself; with the choice to either embrace an open economy for trade and utilities, or...


Can the free-market movement lead on poverty?

In the last several years, U.S. think tanks have expanded their work to include important liberty topics that are of particular relevance to low-income communities. Are there more frontiers for fighting big government on behalf of the disadvantaged that think tanks could be leading on?


Defining the Future of the Liberty Movement in the U.S.

In August, 20 of the top think tank CEOs in the U.S. gathered in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia (with strict social distancing practices in place) to redefine the liberty agenda for 2021 and beyond. With COVID-19 and social unrest on their minds, the group, a subset of Atlas Network’s Global Council of CEOs, worked intensively to iden...


209. What does economic freedom mean?—Fred McMahon

Believe it or not, the Communist Party of Vietnam just cosponsored an economic freedom audit in their country. Fred McMahon, Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research at the Fraser Institute, explains what economic freedom is, why it matters, and what it looks like on every continent (except Antarctica).