Proponents of big government loudly proclaim that they care about the poor. But the results of the efforts -- including dependency-creating welfare programs and corruption-riddled foreign aid regimes -- have been mixed at best. 

Advocates of free enterprise know that the poor do not need handouts. When the poor have economic liberties, they are able to enrich themselves, their families, and their communities. 

At this VIP luncheon taking place the day after the 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty Biennial Dinner you'll learn how Atlas Network is facing this problem head-on. Our global network of 481 partner organizations are advancing free market solutions to poverty in their own countries, and are achieving impressive results. Reforms brought about by Atlas Network partners are opening the doors of opportunity and hundreds of thousands of people are escaping poverty as a consequence.  

Atlas Network George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and Executive Vice President for International Programs Dr. Tom G. Palmer will share inspiring stories from the front lines of the fight against global poverty that prove it is indeed freedom -- not big government -- that can vanquish extreme poverty in our lifetimes.

How to RSVP

This VIP luncheon is open to Atlas Club Members (our $1,000 and above giving club) or by special invitation only. Contact James Anderson at James.Anderson@AtlasNetwork.org or (202) 449-8451 with any questions and to RSVP. Please send James any dietary restrictions with your RSVP.

Dress Code

Dress is business casual.


Lunch will take place at The Capital Grille Chrysler Center (155 East 42nd St., New York, NY 10017), a two minute walk from the Grand Hyatt New York hotel where the Cato will host a room block for the 2018 Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty Biennial Dinner.


Dr. Tom G. Palmer is the executive vice president for international programs at Atlas Network and is responsible for establishing operating programs in 14 languages and managing programs for a worldwide network of think tanks. On Nov. 10, 2016, Dr. Tom G. Palmer was named the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty at Atlas Network. He is also a senior fellow at Cato Institute and director of Cato University. Before joining Cato, he was an H. B. Earhart Fellow at Hertford College, Oxford University, and a vice president of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. He frequently lectures in North America, Europe, Eurasia, Africa, Latin America, India, China and throughout Asia, as well as the Middle East on political science, public choice, civil society, and the moral, legal, and historical foundations of individual rights. He has published reviews and articles on politics and morality in scholarly journals such as the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Ethics, Critical Review, and Constitutional Political Economy, as well as in publications such as Slate, the Wall Street Journal, the New York TimesDie WeltCaixing, Al Hayat, the Washington Post, and The Spectator of London. He is the author of Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice (expanded edition 2014), and the editor of The Morality of Capitalism (2011), After the Welfare State (2012), Why Liberty (2013), Peace, Love & Liberty (2014), and Self-Control or State Control? You Decide (2016). Palmer received his B.A. in liberal arts from St. Johns College in Annapolis, Maryland, his M.A. in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., and his doctorate in politics from Oxford University.

Brad Lips has served as Atlas Network's Chief Executive Officer since 2009, after previously acting as its Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Atlas Network in 1998, Lips conducted equity research for Smith Barney Inc. and policy research for the Progress & Freedom Foundation. He co-founded an Internet startup (subsequently sold to DoubleDutch), after spending his first years out of college at an online service provider while writing for music magazines. Lips is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and chaired the Organizing Committee of its 2016 General Meeting in Miami. He is a member of the John Templeton Foundation, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and Templeton Religion Trust. His articles have appeared in The Daily CallerNational Review Online, ForbesFox NewsAmerican Spectator, American Thinker, and RealClearPolitics. Lips speaks widely on free enterprise as a solution to poverty, and on the international freedom champions connected by Atlas Network.