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THE LIBERTAS INSTITUTE MAKES SURE KIDS KEEP THEIR LEMONADE STANDS IN UTAH

Lemonade stands are legal again in Utah. The Libertas Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Utah, works to defend individual liberty, private property, and free enterprise. In advocating for the home business owners of Utah, Libertas works with the state legislature in attempts to end the crushing bureaucracy — which rece...

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MEXICAN GOVERNMENT SPYWARE USED AGAINST ANTI-CORRUPTION THINK TANK

Juan Pardinas, the general director of the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness [Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad-(IMCO)], an Atlas Network partner based in Mexico City, has been one of the targets of a sophisticated hacking scheme since 2015. Pardinas, his wife and a few others at IMCO received numerous threatening te...

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: AYESHA BILAL

Founded in 2013, Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME) conducts research analysis and advocacy campaigns to influence economic policy toward free markets and limited government. PRIME’s Ayesha Bilal, a graduate of Atlas Leadership Academy and a former Atlas Network Smith Fellow, spoke with Daniel Anthony, Atlas Net...

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BEACON CENTER OF TENNESSEE THREE FOR THREE IN COURT RULINGS

Tennesseans celebrate as the Beacon Center of Tennessee gets another win under its belt. The Beacon Center, a Nashville-based Atlas Network partner, continues its lawsuit-winning streak by shutting down two overly bureaucratic licensure programs. These victories sound a sigh of relief for independent contractors, free-market ent...

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INESCAPABLE CONCLUSIONS

In my lifetime, I want to see the benefits of free trade as broadly appreciated as the fact of gravity. I want to see civil society replace much of what exists today as the welfare state, so government’s role is reduced to a simple safety net for those who need it the most. I want a sound monetary system that’s immune from the t...

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YOUNG SPANIARDS WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP VENEZUELA

For more than two months now, heroic Venezuelans have taken to the streets to oppose President Nicolás Maduro's dictatorship. “Fifty-nine young demonstrators have already paid with their lives,” said Isadora Zubillaga, a political exile currently living in Spain, at a recent event in Madrid.

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NEW DOCUMENTARY REMEMBERS POLAND’S LEGACY OF FREE-MARKET ECONOMICS

Poland was home to prominent free-market economists who played a prominent role in the country’s public policy and economic development during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but the loss of millions of lives through war and political instability have left their contributions largely forgotten. A new documentary from the...

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ILAPI-GHANA LAUNCHES AFRICAN JOURNALISTS FOR LIBERTY

In Ghana, the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana) recently launched a project to help diffuse economic freedom and question the status quo through journalism. Through African Journalists for Liberty, ILAPI-Ghana hopes to inspire African journalists to share messages of freedom, individual liberty, and econo...

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THE PERUVIAN TAXPAYER’S HERO

Contribuyentes por Respeto (CpR) is the taxpayer’s hero in Peru. Peruvian citizens are not receiving the benefits they expect, given how much they pay in taxes, so CpR is on a mission to defend the taxpayers in their side of the social bargain. For this mission, CpR leads four programs: Voices for Health, Infrastructure for All...

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DENMARK UPHOLDS FREEDOM OF SPEECH, REPEALS BLASPHEMY PROVISION

Ranked No. 1 in the World Justice Project’s 2016 Rule of Law Index® and given a “free press” status by Freedom House, Denmark is often looked to as a progressive beacon of free thought. Yet until June 3, the country upheld a provision criminalizing “any person who, in public, ridicules or insults the dogmas or worship of any law...

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: CONNOR BOYACK

Connor Boyack, president of the Utah-based Libertas Institute, has an entrepreneurial hustle. From his unique children’s liberty book series The Tuttle Twins to his work protecting economic liberty in the burgeoning Utah food truck industry, he isn’t afraid to tackle numerous projects at once. And he does it all...

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LITHUANIAN LABOR CODE NEEDS MORE SUBSTANTIAL REFORM

The passage of a new labor code provides an opportunity for substantial reform, but a recent study from the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) compares Lithuania’s labor legislation with that of 10 other European Union member states, and shows that the new labor code only tinkers around the edges without making the kind of...

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: ÁLVARO IRIARTE

One of the major challenges in Chile today is that there seems to be almost a permanent bias against the ideas of justice and freedom. We take this challenge seriously, and that’s why we strive to be the rational, emotionally relevant voice for these ideas within the public arena — and, in particular, with students. Young...

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ALUMNI IN FOCUS: AKASH SHRESTHA

Akash Shrestha, research coordinator with Kathmandu-based Samriddhi Foundation, is somewhat obsessed with ensuring that entrepreneurs can earn their own living in the new Nepal. Akash and Daniel Anthony, editor-in chief of Freedom’s Champion and Atlas Network’s vice president of marketing and communications, first met over break...

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IN EASTERN INDONESIA, STUDENTS ENJOY AFTERNOON COFFEE AND ADAM SMITH

Until recently, the concepts of economic freedom and free trade were virtually unknown in eastern Indonesia. Ever since the Suharto government implemented a centralized development plan 32 years ago, half of the country has been the victim of policy enacted by an authoritarian regime. As such, eastern Indonesia has been left out...

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LAND OF THE FREE AND THE AMERICAN DREAM

How do people escape from poverty and begin to build wealth? Economic mobility is one of the foremost policy concerns in United States, across the political spectrum, but it’s not obvious which conditions create opportunity and foster mobility. The Archbridge Institute is a newly established Atlas Network partner based in Washin...

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FORGING NEW ALLIANCES AT THE OSLO FREEDOM FORUM

Where can freedom champions hear short, 12-minutes speeches by a collection of people including a Pakistani squash player, Afghanistan’s first female tech CEO, the head Syria’s Netflix-famous volunteer rescue group the White Helmets, and the prime minister of Norway? The annual Oslo Freedom Forum.

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MAKING THE MOST OF FREEDOM FOR NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES

Casey Lartigue Jr., Atlas Leadership Academy alumnus from Teach North Korean Refugees (TKNR), may be the only Harvard-educated black Texan libertarian who has dedicated his life to teaching North Korean refugees how to tell their stories. In 2013, Lartigue and South Korean Eunkoo Lee co-founded the nonprofit TKNR to help the 30,...

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4TH ANNUAL ISRAELI FREEDOM CONFERENCE DRAWS 400 PARTICIPANTS

The fourth annual Freedom Conference in Israel aimed to make the classical liberal conception of liberty available to the general public, and to discuss burning issues in Israeli public discourse. This year’s conference, sponsored by the Israeli Freedom Movement (IFM) and Ayn Rand Center Israel, discussed the welfare state, free...

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PROTECTING FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION AND ACADEMIC FREEDOM IN CANADA

In a recent trend, Canadian campuses are suppressing free speech more than ever, and the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), an Atlas Network partner based in Calgary, Canada, is fighting back. “Universities are supposed to be the sanctuary of critical inquiry, reasoned debate, and the free exchange of ideas, said...

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YOUNG VENEZUELANS GATHER IN D.C. FOR INTENSIVE PLAN PAÍS CONFERENCE

For seven years, the Plan País conference has gathered young Venezuelans, both students and young professionals residing all over the world, to discuss the array of problems that Venezuela faces. More than 200 young Venezuelans participated in this year’s Plan País, held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., only...

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE CATO INSTITUTE

During the past four decades, the Cato Institute has established itself as the world’s premier libertarian policy think tank. In May, Cato celebrated its 40th anniversary with events that included remarks from such notable figures as Rand Paul, George Will, P. J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Charles Murray. Articles, videos, and a...

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