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9 UNCONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS LEAVE WITH ACTIONABLE ITEMS

Do you think that Sharpies and Post-it Notes are normal, everyday office supplies? Not the nine project presenters of this year’s inspirational Unconference, sponsored by EdChoice, part of Atlas Network’s 2016 Liberty Forum. Unconference brings a workshop atmosphere to the traditional policy conference — aggregating the wisdom o...

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TOP TEN MOMENTS OF #LIBERTYFORUM2016

Every year Liberty Forum inspires and rejuvenates the individuals in the worldwide freedom movement, and this past weekend was more inspirational than ever. More than anything, there was a palpable connectedness among our partners, our supporters, and various friends and family members. With 58 countries represented, Liberty For...

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GOLDWATER INSTITUTE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

The cruel coldness of bureaucracy is never more apparent than when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) keeps potentially life-saving drugs out of reach of terminally ill patients, even after deeming them safe. The Goldwater Institute, based in Phoenix, Ariz., is driving a new national conversation around access to treatments...

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CENTRE FOR JUSTICE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

When government violates the individual and economic liberties of entrepreneurs in Sweden, the Stockholm-based Centre for Justice (Centrum för rättvisa) fights back by defending the dreams of these entrepreneurs in court. The organization’s Litigating for Liberty project has been named one of six finalists for this year’s presti...

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FIRE NAMED FINALIST FOR 2016 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

Nearly half of America’s colleges and universities maintain blatantly unconstitutional speech codes, which are the draconian and illiberal policies that administrators use to silence unpopular and inconvenient speech on campus. That’s why Philadelphia-based FIRE (the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) is fighting bac...

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HACKERS CONGRESS IN PRAGUE CELEBRATES DIGITAL FREEDOM, DECENTRALIZATION

Cryptography enables a wide array of digital freedom, from decentralized online currency like Bitcoin to enhanced privacy in communication and collaborative technology. Paralelní Polis, an Atlas Network partner based in the Czech Republic, is dedicated to using digital tools to build parallel social, economic, and political stru...

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HONG KONG AGAIN LEADS FRASER ECONOMIC FREEDOM INDEX, VENEZUELA IN LAST PLACE

The top four jurisdictions with the most economic freedom — Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, and Switzerland — have placed the same in the Canada-based Fraser Institute’s 2016 “Economic Freedom of the World Report” as they did in 2015. Venezuela is also once again in last place in the world. For the first time, though, Canada...

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LEGAL VICTORY PROTECTS OHIO ELECTORAL PROCESS FROM FEDERAL INTERVENTION

Ohio won a recent legal victory that protects its voting laws from undue federal intervention, and Atlas Network partner The Buckeye Institute was instrumental in making the case to preserve the integrity of Ohio’s elections with its amicus brief filed earlier this year. “Ohio voters can go to the polls this fall knowing the int...

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PERSONAL REFLECTIONS ON FEAR AND FREEDOM

People raised in different circumstances often show different attitudes toward potential dangers. If you’ve never been near the water or learned how to swim, lakes, rivers, and oceans probably seem quite terrifying. Those who can swim generally see rivers, lakes, and oceans differently. Such different experiences may lead to dif...

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A GLIMPSE INTO AUSTRALIA: WHAT’S UP DOWN UNDER?

Taxi bailouts, threats to free speech at universities, ballooning budget problems ... what’s up in the land down under? Tim Andrews, executive director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, will speak about those and other topics at Atlas Network’s Trendsetters NYC event on Sept. 21 in New York City. In advance of the event, An...

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THEY CANNOT MAKE US HATE THEM

When I think of examples of successful self control and dignity under the most difficult circumstances, one living person comes to mind before all others: 刘晓波, Liu Xiabo, the Chinese writer and human rights activist who was sentenced on Dec. 25, 2009, to 11 years of imprisonment in China on the charge of “inciting subversion of...

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FRIEDMAN VS. SANDERS, OBSOLETE INDUSTRIES, AND BONE MARROW REGULATIONS

It’s almost eerie how Milton Friedman had the perfect responses years ago to the outrageous economic claims that Bernie Sanders would make during his U.S. presidential campaign this year. It’s also peculiar that the Australian government is bailing out nearly obsolete industries — why not also bring back the chimney sweep, the t...

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‘FLASH DRIVES FOR FREEDOM’ BRINGS OUTSIDE INFORMATION INTO NORTH KOREA

The people of North Korea are held captive in a society that lacks information about the outside world, but the Human Rights Foundation (HRF) and Forum 280 aim to change that with their “Flash Drives for Freedom” program, “with the goal of changing the totalitarian system of North Korea to a more free and open society by deliver...

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SHARING ECONOMY VICTORY FOR AIRBNB ADVERTISING IN TENNESSEE

Airbnb is a popular and growing part of the new sharing economy, allowing people to earn extra money by renting out their homes for temporary use by others. This business model provides new competition to hotels, though, so governments face industry pressure to fine and regulate the home-sharing industry out of existence. Despit...

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A DEMANDING VOICE IN ARGENTINA

Argentina has suffered over the last 12 years as a result of a government that has implemented inefficient populist policies, leading to stagnation and an overall decrease in prosperity. The state became increasingly involved in both the public and private lives of Argentines during the successive presidencies of Néstor Kirchner...

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HARVARD POLICY TARGETING FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES TAKES ABSURD NEW TURN

The university experience is meant to be a proving ground for ideas and intellectual growth, but campuses across the United States are restricting free expression through speech and behavior codes that marginalize, silence, and even control students. Harvard University recently introduced a new policy that restricts students fro...

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MICHIGAN DEMONSTRATES THE MORAL CASE FOR RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first published a brief calling for Michigan to become a right-to-work state in 1992. Despite the many compelling reasons that nobody should have to pay money to a union in order to hold a job, organized labor was so powerful at the time that few politicians took the idea seriously.

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