RIDE-SHARING BRINGS NEW TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS TO LOW-INCOME NEW YORKERS

September 4, 2015

One of the most common effects of occupational regulations is to protect established industries from competition, by making it more difficult — or, sometimes, impossible — for new entrants to enter the market and serve customers more efficiently, at lower prices. That has long been the case in the taxicab industry throughout the United States, until new decentralized transportation models like Uber and Lyft began to disrupt the entrenched advantage that taxis used to enjoy. This has led to an expansion of transportation options for low-income riders in New York City, reports Jared Meyer, fellow with Atlas Network partner the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, in a new issue brief.

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‘THE TYRANNY OF EQUALITY’ POINTS OUT CONTRADICTIONS OF EGALITARIANISM IN CHILE

September 4, 2015

Equality before the law is a fundamental feature of free societies, but the idea of equality is often taken much further, with social engineers demanding equality of opportunity, income, outcome, social status, and more. In order to explain how these leftist ideas destroy individual liberty and economic progress, Axel Kaiser, executive director of the Chilean Atlas Network partner Fundación para el Progreso (FPP), wrote a new book, The Tyranny of Equality (La Tiranía de la Igualdad).

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FREEDOM SPEECH CONTEST FOR NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS

September 3, 2015

It’s difficult to imagine the life experience of those who have lived in the totalitarian regime of North Korea and managed to escape, or the cultural adjustments they need to make once they begin life in a relatively free society. Atlas Network partner Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is dedicated to helping North Korean refugees by providing them with educational opportunities and helping them prepare to determine their own way in life. One of its exciting projects is a speech contest in which North Korean defectors explain, “What freedom means to me,” the Korea Times reports.

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MONETARY DISCIPLINE RETURNS TO THE POLICY HORIZON AT JACKSON HOLE SUMMIT

September 2, 2015 | by Johannes Schmidt

Money has become so far removed from public debate that everyday citizens seem to have forgotten the importance that the Federal Reserve plays in their lives and in their futures. That’s why, this past weekend down the road from where the Kansas City Fed held its yearly Economic Policy Symposium, Atlas Network partner the American Principles Project (APP) hosted the first Jackson Hole Summit. There, economists, policy makers and sound money advocates gathered to “challenge the policies of the Federal Reserve System and to hold the Federal Reserve accountable for the impact of today’s monetary policy on the nation’s economy,” as Steve Lonegan, director of monetary policy at APP and summit organizer, stated in his welcome address.

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‘INDIA AWAKES’ EXPLAINS A COUNTRY’S RISE FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

September 1, 2015 | by Eric D. Dixon

What makes the difference between poverty and prosperity? For individuals and families, there could be an endless number of variables, such as health, intelligence, education, initiative, perseverance, community, or opportunity. At least some circumstances vary widely in every case. When almost an entire society begins to rise from poverty and approach prosperity, though, it’s important to understand how and why it happens. India Awakes, a new documentary airing on public television stations throughout the United States, hosted by Swedish author and economist Johan Norberg, tells the story of how a country mired in poverty for hundreds of years has seen a dramatic change of course in the space of only a couple of decades.

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TAX FOUNDATION’S STATE BUSINESS TAX CLIMATE INDEX FINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 31, 2015

Providing reliable data about the comparative tax climates of state governments demonstrates to lawmakers that their tax policies can make the difference between economic growth and stagnation. Atlas Network partner the Tax Foundation of Washington, D.C., has been named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its State Business Tax Climate Index, which ranks the 50 states by measuring the elements of each state’s tax system that are important to all types of business.

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INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS' REPEAL THE CARBON TAX FINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 31, 2015

Nearly a decade ago in Australia, the idea of a carbon trading scheme or tax began gaining popularity. It was finally passed in 2011, taking effect the following year. During that entire period and until its repeal, Atlas Network partner the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), based in Melbourne, served as a consistent and leading voice of caution, educating lawmakers and the public about its shortcomings as environmental policy. The repeal, which ultimately succeeded in 2014, ended this poorly conceived and costly law that had both failed to reduce emissions and could not have possibly made an impact on global emissions levels. For its role in this effort, the IPA has been named one of six finalists for this year’s prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its Repeal the Carbon Tax campaign.

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