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LEARN LIBERTY VIDEO SERIES CELEBRATES FIFTY ANNIVERSARY

The ideas of liberty can seem simple at first glance, but complex arguments undergird the value of individual freedom, property rights, and free markets. Five years ago, the Institute for Humane Studies launched a new program, Learn Liberty, devoted to making those arguments accessible and understandable for the online media of...

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I-TORNEY POCKET LAWYER APP PROTECTS LEGAL RIGHTS IN INDIA

In order to exercise their rights, people have to have reliable information about the law. Atlas Network partner the India Institute has developed a new app named “i-torney: your pocket lawyer,” designed to serve as an easily accessible tool to help people in India understand more about their legal rights, especially during inte...

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THREE KEY TRENDS IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM IN AFRICA

Olumayowa Okediran, a Nigerian socio-economic and political commentator, nonprofit consultant, and entrepreneur, shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peek into his upcoming talks about bringing prosperity to Africa, to be held on March 2 in Boston and on March 1 at Trendsetters in New York City.

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FREE-MARKET THINK TANKS GARNER HIGH RANKINGS ON ANNUAL INDEX

Atlas Network and many of its partners are among the most highly ranked free-market think tanks in the world, according to the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index, the most widely cited and influential index of think tanks in the world. The Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the...

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DEBUNKING CORPORATE WELFARE DEFENDERS IN NEW ZEALAND

Politicians often gain support from economically powerful interests by providing select businesses and industries with special deals and corporate welfare. The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has been calling attention to government giveaways of taxpayer funds to fast food franchises, hairdressers, movie theaters, and more by the c...

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SUGAR SUBSIDIES IN PAKISTAN INFLATE PRICES, DESTROY EXPORT MARKETS

When governments control or influence the price of basic goods, the destructive effects ripple through the rest of the economy. In Pakistan, sugar production is subsidized and regulated to such an extent that its price per kilogram at home, Rs50, is higher than the international price, Rs45. This effectively bars export markets...

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‘WE THE INTERNET’ ONLINE SATIRE SURPASSES 1 MILLION VIEWS

Nothing punctures the pretentions of political pundits and their pernicious public policy plans quite like effective satire, and a recent comedy video project from Atlas Network partner Moving Picture Institute (MPI) has gone viral in the last few months, reaching more than 1 million views on YouTube and Facebook. “We The Intern...

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NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK 2016 BRINGS AWARENESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS

When they face no competition, public schools are often unresponsive and unwilling to accommodate the wide array of student needs that exist in every community. National School Choice week calls attention to the country’s proliferating educational options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet scho...

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IDEAS OF LIBERTY HAVE POLITICAL IMPACT WITH ARGENTINIAN VIDEO SERIES

The ideas of liberty can come to vivid life through the power of well-produced video, and Argentinian Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso is having tremendous public policy impact with its “Crash Courses in Liberty” (“Aprender Volando”) series. Its work has caught the attention of Argentina’s new president, Mauricio Macri,...

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RESISTING MEDICAID EXPANSION’S ESCALATING COSTS, POVERTY TRAP

Government welfare can seem compassionate at first glance, granting aid to people with few financial resources. Its long-term effects are debilitating, though, harming the people it aims to help by keeping them trapped in a cycle of dependency that leaves them unable to improve their own lives. Obamacare is one of the biggest we...

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REDUCING BUSINESS COSTS IN INDIA REQUIRES CONTINUAL VIGILANCE

The best entrepreneurial ideas are all pointless if an impenetrable bureaucracy stands in the way of bringing those ideas to market. India has made remarkable strides in the past two decades in overcoming the socialist planning bureaucracy that crippled the country for so long, but a web of regulation and licensing still surroun...

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BUILDING A LONG-TERM RECORD OF INFLUENTIAL FREE-MARKET REFORM IN LITHUANIA

When Elena Leontjeva was an eleven year-old girl in Vilnius, then a part of the Soviet Union, she saw a discarded gum wrapper for the first time. She had never tasted chewing gum, but as she pressed her nose to the sweet-smelling paper she could imagine what it might be like. She had a similar experience years later, as a gradua...

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BUILDING A NEW CONSENSUS OF LIBERTY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN GREECE

For more than five years, Greece has been sliding further into debt and toward the danger of bankruptcy and default. In that time, Greece’s GDP decreased by more than 22 percent from 2009 to 2013, overall unemployment increased from 9 percent to 26 percent, and youth unemployment shot from 24.8 percent to 51.2 percent — with est...

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CHALLENGE TO MANDATORY CA TEACHER UNION FEES HEARD BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

Freedom of association is a fundamental cornerstone of the ideas of liberty, but mandatory union fees for school teachers have long held many of those teachers captive to an ideological system that they don’t support. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing testimony in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a...

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ECONOMISTS WHO HELPED REFORM CHINA’S ECONOMY PROFILED IN THE ECONOMIST

China’s economy began to thrive in the 1980s and ’90s when the government started to abandon central market planning, allow private shareholding in state-owned enterprises, and dismantle international trade barriers. A recent profile in the Economist celebrates the work of three groundbreaking economists who helped provide the i...

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LITIGATOR FOR LIBERTY CLINT BOLICK APPOINTED TO ARIZONA SUPREME COURT

In order for the judicial system to protect individual rights effectively, it takes judges who understand the ideas of liberty and the constitutional limits of government power. That’s why it’s so exciting that Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation with Atlas Network partner the Goldwater Institute, has been appointed to t...

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‘BLACK BOOK’ CHRONICLES WASTEFUL PUBLIC SPENDING IN BULGARIA

The perverse incentives of the public sector lead government officials to waste money in an endless variety of ways. Atlas Network partners the Bulgarian Libertarian Society and the Institute for Market Economics, in cooperation with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, recently published “The Black Book of Government Waste in Bulg...

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ORGANIZATIONS IN ARGENTINA, CHILE, MEXICO WIN LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARDS

Online crash courses in liberty, a campaign for educational quality and choice, and a movement to prevent new tax hikes are all recipients this year of Atlas Network’s Latin America Liberty Awards. Established in 2005 and formerly known as the Latin American Freedom Awards, the individual award categories are named after free-ma...

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VIRAL AUSTRALIAN VIDEO SATIRIZES BAILOUTS FOR OBSOLETE INDUSTRIES

As technology progresses, older business models can fall by the wayside as they become unprofitable — entrenched interests rarely fade away quietly, instead attempting to capture the regulatory power of the government by collecting subsidies and hobbling their upstart competitors. Frédéric Bastiat, a 19th century French economis...

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UPCOMING ATLAS NETWORK EVENTS

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Liberty Forum 2016

Saturday-Sunday, September 24 - 25

Save the date for Liberty Forum 2016, taking place just after the MPS 2016 Annual Meeting.