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more than 475 free-market organizations in over 90 countries to the
ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

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RANKING THE BUSINESS CLIMATE COMPETITIVENESS OF ARGENTINA’S PROVINCES

The Argentinian think-tank Fundación Libertad recently released Índice Provincial de Desempeño Empresarial 2018 (IPDE, “Provincial Index of Business Climate”) — a study measuring the regulations that favor or hinder business activity in each of the 23 Argentianian provinces as well as the autonomous city of Buenos Aires. The IPD...

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NEW CEI VIDEO EXPLAINS, PRAISES THE PLATFORM ECONOMY

The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), an Atlas Network partner, recently released a short, informative video about the platform economy and the threats this booming industry faces from government regulation. CEI Vice President for Strategy Iain Murray explains that entrepreneurs in the platform economy provide a trusted ch...

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CHOOSING A BIGGER POND: WHY NONPROFIT LEADERS NEED A GLOBAL NETWORK

Without profit motive, can nonprofit leaders be as innovative and successful as their profit-seeking counterparts? As it turns out, there’s a type of motivation that transcends the drive for profit and it can influence the behavior of nonprofit leaders towards improving results as well. It’s called social comparison—and research...

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EDUCATING JOURNALISTS TO REINFORCE RULE OF LAW IN AFRICA

Atlas Network’s partner the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI) in Ghana just held their second African Journalists for Economic Opportunity Training (AJEOT). In addition to the 20 students from Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Switzerland, experts from around the world were there to offer training and insights on the...

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IN MEMORIAM: ANDREA MILLEN RICH, 1939–2018

The cause of liberty has lost a dear friend and a wise counsel, but her spirit remains active through every person she convinced of the value of liberty and through every person she inspired to stand against violence and tyranny; they are far, far more than they know. Andrea Rich (1939-2018) was a businesswoman, publisher, TV pr...

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FEE’S “HOW WE THRIVE” ILLUSTRATES ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN SENEGAL

The Foundation for Economic Education’s (FEE) recently released the third video in its “How We Thrive” documentary series about a small business owner’s struggles against government bureaucracy and ineffectual NGOs in Senegal, and it is already furthering the conversation about individual liberty and free markets in Africa. “Mad...

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NEW TIMBRO INDEX EXPLORES SIZE OF SHARING ECONOMY THROUGHOUT WORLD

Peer-to-peer services, like Uber and Airbnb, make up a market known as the sharing economy. Because of its novelty, much information surrounding the sharing economy is unknown. Timbro, an Atlas Network partner and the largest Nordic free-market think tank, has released the Timbro Sharing Economy Index (TSEI), which estimates the...

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TAX FREEDOM DAY IN GREECE PUSHED TO 198 DAYS INTO THE YEAR

The economic situation in Greece remains dire, and, according to Atlas Network partner Center for Liberal Studies (KEFiM), Greeks must work 198 days of the year just to pay their annual taxes. This finding comes from KEFiM’s recent Tax Freedom Day study, which it created to present the real economic conditions of Greece, support...

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DISCUSSING ‘SELF-CONTROL OR STATE CONTROL’ IN INDONESIA

Indonesia's government is facing challenges due to some growing support for radical Islam in the country — a movement coming, in part, from Indonesian universities. To help remedy this precarious situation, Atlas Network partner SuaraKebebasan.org organized a series of talks and workshops, advocating for freedom among Indonesian...

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COMPETITIVE ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE CELEBRATES ECONOMIST HERNANDO DE SOTO

The Competitive Enterprise Institute's (CEI) Annual Dinner and Reception brought together policy professionals, distinguished scholars, congressional staff, and enthusiastic supporters to celebrate CEI's effective advocacy for freedom. More than 700 attended CEI’s 2018 Annual Dinner and Reception. During the event, CEI presented...

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DOING DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY: NEW APPROACHES IN AUSTRALIA

In most universities and within the foreign affairs establishment, there is a near-consensus view that to improve development and reduce poverty, more aid money should be spent by governments and “big aid” international organizations. In Western Australia, some of the brightest young minds have taken a fresh look at development...

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APPLICATIONS FOR ‘PROJECT ARIZONA 2019’ NOW OPEN

Wedding political theory and practice is no easy task, especially for those from countries unfamiliar with the tradition of liberty. Fortunately, two Atlas Network partners, Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) and Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF) have successfully united the two through Project Arizona (PA).

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INSTITUTE FOR SPENDING REFORM TARGETS WASTEFUL PENTAGON SPENDING

For many in the United States, whether they be liberal interventionists or conservative defense hawks, military spending cuts are radical and fall far outside of the Overton window. In 2017, the total military expenditure by the U.S. was $610 billion, the largest in the world. The Institute for Spending Reform (ISR), an Atlas Ne...

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NEARLY 700 ATTEND THE SECOND-EVER FEECON

The inspiration, organization, and discussion necessary for a global freedom movement require a vibrant, active community. The inspiration, organization, and discussion necessary for a global freedom movement require a vibrant, active community. Atlas Network partner Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) hosted yet another suc...

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LITHUANIAN REFORMS LOWER TAX BURDEN FOR 1.3 MILLION

In late June, the Lithuanian parliament consolidated the tax base for the country’s social security contributions and reduced the contribution rate. This reform was a part of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s (LFMI) project within Atlas Network’s Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or LIFE, program. The re...

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VILNIUS SFL DISCUSSES DRUG POLICY IN LITHUANIA

After the 2017 election in Lithuania, the country saw an increased crackdown on the use of drugs. Being caught with a small amount of marijuana among friends can lead to a distribution charge and 2–8 years of imprisonment. Vilnius Students for Liberty (Vilnius SFL) is looking to change public opinion concerning Lithuania’s drug...

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TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE SEEKS SUPPORT FOR IGOWATCH

Many Atlas Network partners fight bureaucracies at home, but few target the international bureaucratic machine. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has recently launched International Governmental Organization (IGO) Watch, a coalition of pro-liberty non-profit groups demanding more accountability and transparency from global...

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LIBERTAD Y DESAROLLO DISCUSSES IMMIGRATION IN CHILE

Nearly one million immigrants live in Chile, making up almost 5.5 percent of the country’s population. Chile's immigration laws, most of which were passed in 1975, are struggling to keep up. To help ease the situation, Libertad y Desarollo (LyD, Freedom and Development), an Atlas Network partner based in Santiago, is advocating...

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LIBEK’S SEVENTH PUBLIC POLICY ACADEMY CLASS GRADUATES

Serbia, like many European countries, is plagued by economic misconceptions espoused by populists. Several Atlas Network partners are confronting illiberalism throughout Europe, and on June 16, Libertarian Club Libek — a partner based in Belgrade, Serbia — celebrated the graduation of 21 students from its two-semester-long Publi...

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