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YOUNG AMERICANS FOR LIBERTY FIGHT FOR FREE SPEECH ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES

Free speech is under assault at college throughout the United States, as demonstrated by recent cases of progressive students shouting down and disrupting invited speakers on campuses in California and Vermont. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has found that 39.6 percent of the 449 schools it surveyed mai...

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SUPPORTING PRESS FREEDOM, TRAINING INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS IN SERBIA

A free society requires independent media and investigative journalism, so the Center for Anti-Authoritarian Studies (CAAS), an Atlas Network partner based in Belgrade, recently held a Media Matters conference, which examined the state of press freedom in Serbia and attracted more than 100 participants. Held on March 25, Media M...

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EXPOSING ARGENTINA’S RAPIDLY GROWING GOVERNMENT BUREAUCRACY

Argentina’s current government leadership has held power for not quite a year and a half, but has already increased the government’s bureaucratic structure by 25 percent, reveals a new study from Buenos Aires–based Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso. There are now 1,124 administrative units in the Argentinian government,...

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SLASHING BUSINESS REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS IN NEPAL

Economies can’t flourish when it’s difficult to start a business. The Samriddhi Foundation, an Atlas Network partner based in Nepal, had a recent victory reforming business registration procedures with the country’s Office of Company Registrar (OCR), reducing the time it takes to register a new domestic business from several da...

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SEASTEADING INSTITUTE PITCHES FLOATING FREE TRADE ZONES IN DUBAI

More than 4,000 special economic zones (SEZs) have proliferated across the globe, proving so successful that they are replicated again and again. Joe Quirk, author and “aquapreneur” with Atlas Network partner the Seasteading Institute, recently spoke at a conference organized by the Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority to explain w...

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HOW ECONOMIC FREEDOM PROPELS COUNTRIES FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

The “tiger” economies of Asia were once poor, but today Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea are among the world’s most prosperous. What allows some countries to escape poverty and build new wealth? In a new video from the Center for Freedom and Prosperity (CF&P) Foundation, economist Abir Doumit, a George Mason Univers...

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AFGHANISTAN FREEDOM MOVEMENT EXPANDS THROUGH SILK ROAD STATION

Afghanistan has suffered under a continual state of war for several decades, and although conflict continues, parts of the country have begun to experience relative stability. There may be no better time than the present for the ideas of liberty to flourish in Afghanistan. The Kabul-based Afghanistan Economic and Legal Studies O...

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FEECON BRINGS CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM TOGETHER FOR FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Nobody brings the ideas of freedom and sound economics to life quite like the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), through its decades of publications and in-person seminars, and today through its engaging website content. Now FEE is holding its first annual conference, FEEcon, featuring more than 70 sessions and 10 distinct...

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CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF ATLAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Today marks the five-year anniversary of Atlas Leadership Academy (ALA) here at Atlas Network. Our movement is doing amazing things around the world, winning battles for freedom and making countless communities and entire countries better places to live and work, and it’s an honor to work alongside each of our partners in these...

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ST. LOUIS ASPERGER’S STUDENT THRIVES IN CHARTER, THANKS TO SCHOOL CHOICE

Paul Ward, an eighth grade student in St. Louis, Mo., struggled for years in the public school system because he was sequestered in a one-size-fits-all program for students across the autism spectrum. Paul has a high-functioning Asperger’s Syndrome, and languished in a school environment that never met his needs. A new video fro...

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NEW UKRAINIAN TRANSLATION OF ‘ECONOMIC FREEDOM OF THE WORLD’

Ukraine has a low ranking on the Fraser Institute’s “Economic Freedom of the World” index, placing 135th out of 159 measured economies in the world — even lower than its previous ranking of 128th. The Bendukidze Free Market Centre, an Atlas Network partner based in Kyiv, recently published a Ukrainian translation of “Economic Fr...

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DEFEATING PROPOSED PHARMACEUTICAL STRANGLEHOLD IN POLAND

The Parliament in Poland has been considering new restrictions on the country’s pharmaceutical industry, placing strict limits on who can receive a license to operate a pharmacy, how many pharmacies can be operated by one proprietor, the allowable distance between planned pharmacies and ones already in operation, and other burde...

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PUBLIC INTEREST FELLOWSHIP SEEKS APPLICANTS FOR D.C. POLICY OPPORTUNITY

The Public Interest Fellowship provides a unique opportunity to make a different in the worlds of policy and journalism in Washington, D.C., and the organization is now accepting applications for its 2017 class. The fellowship is open to a wide range of candidates, including recent star graduates looking for their first break in...

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ALEX CHAFUEN ELECTED PRESIDENT OF PHILADELPHIA SOCIETY FOR 2017–18

On Friday, March 31, the board of the Philadelphia Society elected Atlas Network President Alex Chafuen to serve as president of the society for 2017–18. The Philadelphia Society, an Atlas Network partner based in Jerome, Mich., was founded in 1964 to sponsor the interchange of ideas in the interest of deepening the intellectual...

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U.S. HEALTH CARE REFORMS COULD SERVE TRULY NEEDY POPULATIONS

In recent weeks, as Congress debated whether to pass the American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP) has promoted its work on how to reform the U.S. health care system, a 102-page study titled “Transcending Obamacare.” FREOPP focuses on conducting original research in order to expan...

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POLL: CANADIANS SUPPORT ADDING PROPERTY RIGHTS PROTECTION TO CONSTITUTION

Canadians are enthusiastic about amending the country’s Constitution, reports Calgary-based Atlas Network partner the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), with strong support for such revisions as adding property rights protections and abolishing the Senate. CCF commissioned the poll to gauge Canadian attitudes toward the Con...

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STUDENT LEADERS PROTEST BAN ON ASSOCIATIONS IN BENIN UNIVERSITIES

In an attempt last fall to silence student dissent, the government of Benin, a country of about 11 million people in West Africa, prohibited student associations from operating on the campuses of its four national universities, reported Atlas Network partner LibreAfrique.org. The decision was condemned by Amnesty International,...

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ADVANCING DIGITAL DEMOCRACY IN PERU

Digital democracy is gaining traction in the developing world as Internet access becomes increasingly common. Peru-based Atlas Network partner Democracia & Desarrollo Internacional (in English, Democracy and Development International, or D&D International), () focuses on strengthening democratic institutions in Peru, is pushing...

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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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