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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS STOLEN FROM YOU?

August 25, 2016 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer

It’s not so hard to talk about having one’s freedom taken away. “You’re under arrest” means you’re not free to go. Prisoners have had their freedom taken. When that’s done unjustly, we speak of freedom being “stolen,” because rightfully it should be yours to enjoy. But can your responsibility be stolen from you?

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IS LIBERTY AN ASIAN VALUE?

August 24, 2016 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer

A frequent challenge raised against classical liberalism is that it is not suitable for Asian people or Asian countries, because of “Asian values” that are allegedly unique to Asian countries. Is Asian liberty different from European or American or African Liberty? Or, if liberty is being used in the same way in those regions, is it a reasonable principle for Asian governments and laws, or are Asian values incompatible with liberty? One could also ask whether there is one core of values that are common to all Asians, who inhabit a vast region encompassing billions of people speaking hundreds of languages, professing a wide variety of religions, and heirs to thousands of years of multifarious cultural developments.

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LITHUANIAN REGULATORY REFORMS SHOULD IMPROVE ‘DOING BUSINESS’ RANKING BY FIVE PLACES

August 23, 2016

Some of the most practical and politically possible changes are small, incremental reforms that make many people’s lives a little easier by reducing government interference in their economic activities. Lithuania has a global ranking of 20th place this year in the World Bank Group’s “Doing Business” report, an already impressively high position compared to most other countries. A recent series of regulatory reforms spearheaded by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), though, should be enough to move that ranking up to 15th worldwide.

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‘FREE TO CHOOSE’ PRODUCER BOB CHITESTER TO BE HONORED WITH FISHER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

August 23, 2016

In 1980, the Free To Choose documentary series brought the insights of Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman and his clear explanations of sound economic principles to millions of public television viewers. Building on that unprecedented success, its producer, Bob Chitester, founded Free To Choose Network and continued creating new documentaries and programs that foster an appreciation for free markets and individual liberty among enormous audiences. At Atlas Network’s upcoming Liberty Forum, Chitester and his significant achievements will be honored with a Fisher Lifetime Achievement Award.

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EXPOSING RECKLESS PUBLIC SPENDING IN GHANA

August 22, 2016

Taxpayers hope that the money government expropriates from them will actually be devoted to useful public goods and services, but too often those resources are wasted by corrupt officials and inefficient programs. In Ghana, for instance, failure to follow debt management regulations has led to more than GHS 3.93 billion (USD 1.02 billion) in financial irregularities, according to IMANI Center for Policy and Education, an Atlas Network partner in Ghana, in its new “Fiscal Recklessness Index.”

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MONITORING CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN MEXICO

August 22, 2016

Mexico began a new era of criminal justice reforms in 2008, but despite the progress of the past eight years the country is still struggling to provide a consistent rule of law. For the last three years, Atlas Network partner organization the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) has been spearheading the Proyecto Justicia (Justice Project) initiative, which tracks the progress of criminal justice reforms in Mexico.

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