GREECE CAN ACHIEVE PROSPERITY THROUGH PRODUCTION, NOT CONSUMPTION

July 7, 2015

Ultimately, an economy can only sustain itself if it produces more than it consumes. That’s a lesson that the Soviet Union learned the hard way decades ago, explains Atlas Network Sound Money Project Senior Fellow Jerry Jordan in a column for Forbes, but Greece seems determined to continue its high levels of spending and consumption at the expense of others rather than creating an economic climate that would foster investment and growth.

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IS GREEK INSOLVENCY AN ARGUMENT AGAINST THE EURO?

July 7, 2015

With Greece rejecting the structural reforms and other terms that it would need to implement for yet another bailout of its crushing government debt, economists are questioning whether the eurozone and its shared international monetary system were doomed to fail from the start. Writing in The Hill, Atlas Network Sound Money Project Senior Fellow Judy Shelton points out that the problem is not a common currency but a lack of fiscal discipline and accountability on the part of some European Union nations.

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PROVIDING OREGON’S LOW-INCOME STUDENTS WITH SCHOOL CHOICE ALTERNATIVES

July 7, 2015

Low-income families tend to have the fewest options in quality educational alternatives to failing public schools. That’s why Atlas Network partner the Cascade Policy Institute has run the Oregon branch of the Children’s Scholarship Fund, CSF – Portland, for 16 years in addition to its publications, educational programs, community forums, and special events aimed at fostering individual liberty.

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25 YEARS OF U.S. EDUCATION MEDIA COVERAGE

July 6, 2015

Americans are more concerned about education quality than they are about poverty, foreign policy, terrorism, national security, race relations, the judicial system, and income inequality, according to a 2014 Gallup survey.

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PHILANTHROPIC INDEX MEASURES INCENTIVES AND BARRIERS TO CHARITABLE GIVING

July 6, 2015

Public choice economics shows that the voluntary institutions of civil society are far better than the inefficient bureaucracy of government at solving social problems, but burdensome regulatory regimes often stifle alternatives like non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and community service organizations (CSOs). Atlas Network partner Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity recently released its Index of Philanthropic Freedom at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference in Paris. This project, the first of its kind, measures and compares the legal incentives and barriers to philanthropic giving in 64 developed and developing countries.

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IEA CELEBRATES 60 YEARS FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM

July 2, 2015

Atlas Network founder Antony Fisher began his work in changing the climate of ideas 60 years ago, when he founded the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in England. In the ensuing decades, the IEA laid the intellectual groundwork that made fundamental free-market reforms possible in the United Kingdom during the Thatcher revolution.

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THREE KEY TRENDS IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM IN INDIA

July 2, 2015

Parth Shah, founding president of Atlas Network partner the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in New Delhi, shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peek into his upcoming Trendsetters NYC talk about eliminating threats to freedom in India. CCS advances social change in India through public policy, and its work in education, livelihood, and policy training promotes choice and accountability across the private and public sectors.

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ACTON INSTITUTE COMMENTS ON POPE'S ENVIRONMENTAL ENCYCLICAL

July 1, 2015

In June, Pope Francis addressed ecological issues through an encyclical — a letter to leaders throughout the Roman Catholic Church that comments on doctrinal issues. Atlas Network partner the Acton Institute addressed the document with contributions from several authors, including the institute’s president, Rev. Robert Sirico, who acknowledges that much of the document “poses a major challenge for free-market advocates,” but commends the pope for calling on experts to engage in “honest debate” about these issues.

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