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Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of
more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the
ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

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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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WSJ HIGHLIGHTS HEARTBREAKING SHORT FILM ABOUT BONE MARROW DONOR PAYMENTS

Bone marrow registries rely on the generosity of donors, but far too often that generosity isn’t enough. Lacking the ability to provide incentives that would attract new donors, far too many leukemia patients die each year as they and their families wait for a solution that won’t arrive. What would you do if your child were dyin...

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS STOLEN FROM YOU?

It’s not so hard to talk about having one’s freedom taken away. “You’re under arrest” means you’re not free to go. Prisoners have had their freedom taken. When that’s done unjustly, we speak of freedom being “stolen,” because rightfully it should be yours to enjoy. But can your responsibility be stolen from you?

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IS LIBERTY AN ASIAN VALUE?

A frequent challenge raised against classical liberalism is that it is not suitable for Asian people or Asian countries, because of “Asian values” that are allegedly unique to Asian countries. Is Asian liberty different from European or American or African Liberty? Or, if liberty is being used in the same way in those regions, i...

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EXPOSING RECKLESS PUBLIC SPENDING IN GHANA

Taxpayers hope that the money government expropriates from them will actually be devoted to useful public goods and services, but too often those resources are wasted by corrupt officials and inefficient programs. In Ghana, for instance, failure to follow debt management regulations has led to more than GHS 3.93 billion (USD 1.0...

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MONITORING CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN MEXICO

Mexico began a new era of criminal justice reforms in 2008, but despite the progress of the past eight years the country is still struggling to provide a consistent rule of law. For the last three years, Atlas Network partner organization the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) has been spearheading the Proyecto Justicia...

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AFGHANI INTERN BUILDS INSPIRATIONAL LIFE FROM TRAGIC BACKGROUND

The international nature of Atlas Network’s work is reflected not only in its array of independent worldwide partner organizations, but also in the diversity of its staff and interns. This summer’s Atlas Network interns came from Argentina, Australia, and the United States — as well as Afghanistan, home of the inspirational Naji...

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DO THEIR PASSIONS FORGE THEIR FETTERS?

The great British political thinker and politician Edmund Burke is frequently called a conservative, although he did not use the term for himself, preferring the term “Whig” — and “Old Whig,” at that. Those who call him a conservative often think of him as favoring a state that will use its coercive powers to control human being...

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