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PATERNALISTIC HEALTH REGULATIONS IN NEW ZEALAND VIOLATE PERSONAL CHOICE

When government officials decide they know how other people should live their lives, they tend to consider virtually every aspect of human behavior as ripe for their interference. A new study from Atlas Network partner the New Zealand Initiative examines how the country’s paternalistic “public health” movement has waged a war ag...

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HOW BROADBAND INTERNET IS TRANSFORMING RURAL U.S. ECONOMIES

The busy, high-density urban environments of cities are often fertile ground for innovative, dynamic markets, but the increasing reach of broadband Internet access into rural areas of the United States has helped unleash previously untapped sources of creative destruction and economic growth, argues a recent study from Hudson In...

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PUERTO RICO’S FISCAL CRISIS HAS BEEN SLOWLY BUILDING FOR DECADES

Government planning and management of the economy can have disastrous consequences that last for generations. Puerto Rico today faces a fiscal crisis that traces its origins to profligate public corporations set up during the 1940s, in the style of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, explain a set of recent publications...

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HOW ECONOMIC REGULATION DISTORTS MARKETS, PRICES IN PAKISTAN

“Nothing is so permanent as a temporary government program,” the Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman and Rose Friedman famously wrote in their book The Tyranny of the Status Quo. In Pakistan, an emergency committee was formed in 1965 for a war lasting only 17 days, and more than 40 years later it is the “linchpin of economi...

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CZECH REPUBLIC MOST FREE, FINLAND MOST RESTRICTIVE IN EU NANNY STATE INDEX

When many countries exist side by side in the same region, they have an opportunity to attract residents, tourism, and economic growth through policy competition — and people can make an informed choice about where to go to avoid overbearing government restrictions. The Nanny State Index, a new project from the European Policy I...

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‘FREE MARKETS’ SERIES BRINGS IDEAS OF LIBERTY TO PUBLIC TELEVISION

In the 1980s, Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman helped to popularize the ideas of liberty and free-market economics through his unprecedented Free to Choose series on public television. That tradition of scholarship and public media exposure is being carried on today by The World Show in collaboration with Atlas Network p...

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EUROPE LIBERTY FORUM HIGHLIGHTS IDEAS, STRATEGIES, CHALLENGES FOR FREEDOM

The first annual Europe Liberty Forum, co-hosted by Atlas Network and the Institute of Economic Affairs, brings together think tanks from Europe to learn best practices, brainstorm on how to overcome shared challenges, and compete for the inaugural Europe Liberty Awards. This is an exceptional opportunity to learn from those on...

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PROTECTING LAND RIGHTS THROUGH LOCAL REGISTRIES IN THE IVORY COAST

When people have no clear rights to use the land on which they live and work, they are unable to invest in their future. In the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire) only 4 percent of rural lands are registered, leaving villagers in vast areas of the country without secure property rights, and the complex registration process is cost-proh...

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FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATES FREEDOM OF SPEECH, INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS

Freedom Day is an annual day-long celebration of the ideas of liberty, freedom of speech and expression, religion, equality, and other individual rights. Hosted by the National Constitution Center, each year’s Freedom Day “brings together the top liberal, libertarian and conservative thought leaders in America for a national con...

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CARTOONS SATIRIZE ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC POLICY

Ever since editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast used the power of images to help dismantle the corrupt Boss Tweed’s Tammany Hall political machine in the 19th century, generations of cartoonists to follow have built the medium into an effective tool of satirical communication that makes people laugh by distilling complex ideas to th...

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GENDER EQUALITY FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS CAREERS LAGS IN NORDIC COUNTRIES

Those who advocate egalitarian public policies often point to the expansive welfare states of countries in the Nordic region, which have a wide array of government-funded social services for residents of all socioeconomic classes and walks of life. An extensive social safety net can sound alluring, but a new book from Sweden-bas...

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FORESTS IN PAKISTAN CAN FLOURISH WITH ROBUST PROPERTY RIGHTS

Forests are rapidly dwindling in Pakistan, at a rate of about 2.1 percent annually between 1990 and 2005 — one of the highest deforestation rates in the world. About two thirds of Pakistan’s forests are owned by the state, and almost all of the remaining privately owned forests are subject to strict government usage controls, so...

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SWEDEN GAINED ITS PROSPERITY FROM ECONOMIC FREEDOM, NOT SOCIALISM

Many on the left point to Sweden and other countries in that area of the world as examples of how socialism can bring prosperity if implemented correctly. In a new video from Atlas Network partner Free to Choose Network, Johan Norberg provides a brief, to-the-point explanation of why they are “dead wrong” — and why Sweden’s pros...

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SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGN AGAINST TAX HIKES IN ALBANIA

Governments have an endless appetite for spending taxpayer money, so preventing new tax hikes from passing is a difficult task — let alone eliminating existing taxes. Albania-based Atlas Network partner Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF) has done exactly that, by putting together a successful campaign against a plan by the Al...

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THE JOURNEY TO BRITAIN’S ‘BREXIT’ FROM THE EUROPEAN UNION?

Imagine, access to a market with 500 million people, which is also the largest economic body in the world. Free access to an economic area which accounts for more than 50 percent of your trade. A political union with the nations that invented democracy and that created Les droits de l’homme. Many of those outside the United King...

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AUTHORITARIAN POLITICIANS IN HUNGARY NEED ORGANIZED, UNITED OPPOSITION

Authoritarian political movements are gaining influence in Hungary, including some who openly praise the Nazi regime of World War II — and even within the governing Hungarian party Fidesz, which includes “a group of thugs” that recently occupied the Hungarian National Election Office to block a referendum by their political oppo...

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NEW WEST VIRGINIA THINK TANK LEADS CASE FOR RIGHT-TO-WORK REFORM

West Virginia is a stark example of state government gone wrong in the country that was once considered a “city upon a hill.” After 80 years of one-party rule and entrenched union power, much of the state’s population is unemployed, unhealthy, undereducated, and shrinking. The newly launched Cardinal Institute for West Virginia...

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MARIO VARGAS LLOSA CELEBRATES THE BOURGEOIS VIRTUES

Don Felícito Yanaqué, when he was a schoolboy, never had shoes. When we meet him, age 55, in Mario Vargas Llosa’s 2013 novel The Discreet Hero, first published in English in 2015, he is the self-made man next door. He has a wife that never made him happy, two sons, and a little transport business. People like him rarely appear i...

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BRAZIL’S PRESIDENTIAL CORRUPTION SCANDAL WON’T LEAD TO MILITARY COUP

The ongoing presidential corruption scandal in Brazil has inspired widespread protests, in which millions of citizens have demanded that the rule of law must apply to the country’s political leaders. Brazil’s current government appears to be so unstable at the moment that some, like U.K. newspaper the Observer, have suggested th...

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LIFTING PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY REQUIRES BYPASSING POLITICAL RHETORIC

Political rhetoric can get personal quickly, with each side suggesting that the others are not only mistaken, but actually malicious or evil. People on both the left and the right tend to believe although they have pure motives and good intentions, the other side is hateful and corrupt. If people were to look past their polarizi...

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