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.

Join Atlas Network on Monday, January 8 in Naples, Fla. for a lecture and luncheon to learn how Atlas Network and our partners are advancing a new strategy for addressing poverty and creating prosperity. This event will feature Atlas Network's celebrated Executive Vice President, Dr. Tom G. Palmer who holds the George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty. Dr. Palmer will be joined by two think tanks leaders -- Andriy Shpakov (Executive Director of EasyBusiness in Ukraine) and Agustín Etchebarne (General Director of Libertad y Progreso in Argentina) -- who will report on reforms that have actually been implemented in recent months to increase economic liberty and improve the lives of everyday citizens.

Dr. Tom G. Palmer will be introduced by Bob Levy. 


11:00 a.m. Lecture by Dr. Tom G. Palmer
12:00 p.m. Luncheon featuring Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Agustín Etchebarne, and Andriy Shpakov
2:00 p.m. Event Ends


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 Times, Die 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.

Agustín Etchebarne is an economist specialized in economic development, strategic marketing and international markets. He was an economics professor at the University of Buenos Aires and ESEADE and currently teaches at the University of Belgrano. He is a member of Red Liberal de Latinoamerica (RELIAL) and the Ethics and Political Economy Institute of the Nation Academy of Political and Moral Sciences. He was a founder of Delphos Investment and C&E Consulting. Etchebarne also served as president of the Republic Investment Management, fund manager at Fondos Aleph and executive at Techint and Medsystem. He was president and founder of Ciudadanos por el Cambio, executive director of Democracia Directa and founder and director of Foro Republicano. Now he is General Director of Libertad y Progreso.

Andriy Shpakov has a background in finance and business analysis. During the last three years, he has advised the Ukrainian government on how to develop a deregulation strategy and improve Ukraine’s position in the World Bank's Doing Business ranking. Shpakov is now Executive Director at EasyBusiness, a Ukrainian think tank with a mission to create a better environment for business operation and economic growth.