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ADVANCING DIGITAL DEMOCRACY IN PERU

March 28, 2017

Digital democracy is gaining traction in the developing world as Internet access becomes increasingly common. Peru-based Atlas Network partner Democracia & Desarrollo Internacional (in English, Democracy and Development International, or D&D International), () focuses on strengthening democratic institutions in Peru, is pushing the effort in Peru, promoting individual liberty and civil society, and engaging citizens online. Peru is a relative economic success in Latin America, but the country is still a political and technological work in progress.

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LITHUANIAN ‘ECONOMICS IN 31 HOURS’ TEXTBOOK WINS LONDON BOOK FAIR AWARD

March 21, 2017

Economics education in Lithuania has been transformed by the Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s (LFMI) groundbreaking Economics in 31 Hours textbook, which, less than two years after its original publication, is now in use by a remarkable 68 percent of 9th and 10th graders in Lithuania’s schools — more than 22,000 students across the country annually. Now the London Book Fair has awarded Economics in 31 Hours with its Educational Learning Resources Award for “its pedagogical value, practicality and uptake in the promotion of innovation in economics education in Lithuania,” an honor granted as part of the fair’s International Excellence Awards program.

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THE VAST BURDEN OF U.S. ‘REGULATORY DARK MATTER’

March 21, 2017

Every day, the U.S. regulatory apparatus collects new regulations, proclamations, issuances, memoranda, etc., that add up to a tremendous burden on market activity and civil society. A new study from the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), an Atlas Network partner based in Washington, D.C., aims to measure the extent of this “regulatory dark matter” by taking an inventory of exactly what kinds of regulation accumulate through government action at every level of the federal government, the detrimental effects on society, and prospects for substantial reform. The study has received significant coverage from both Forbes and Fortune magazines.

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POLL SHOWS THAT GREEKS TURN AWAY FROM BIG GOVERNMENT AS THEY SEEK JOBS AND GROWTH

March 21, 2017 | by Alexander Skouras

The Greek economy has deteriorated steadily during the past eight years of unprecedented fiscal collapse, and the people may finally be fed up with big government, runaway spending, public-sector corruption, and job-killing regulations. A recent in-depth survey, published by the daily Kathimerini newspaper and the new think tank Dianeosis, reveals that Greek society seems to be experiencing an ideological sea change. Economic freedom is steadily becoming the clear victor in the battle of ideas in Greece.

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EXAMINING FRANCE’S TURBULENT POLITICAL CLIMATE

March 20, 2017

France will hold a new presidential election at the end of April, with effects that will ripple throughout Europe, and the destructive ideas of both populism and socialism are playing a prominent role in candidate rhetoric. The Institute Formation de Politique (IFP), an Atlas Network partner based in France, provides an antidote to this divisive political climate by bringing young people together to discuss the principles of liberty and responsibility, and to develop strategies for putting them into action. Founded more than a decade ago, IFP has attracted more than 1,200 students to its seminars and programs.

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SPENDING TRACKER SHOWS HOW MUCH MONEY U.S. CONGRESSMEN WASTE

March 20, 2017

With the flick of a pen, government officials spend countless billions of dollars — an “unlimited credit card,” as Jonathan Bydlak, founder and president of Atlas Network partner the Institute for Reduced Spending, puts it. In order to help hold politicians accountable, the organization created its “What’s My Congressman’s Number?” campaign, hosted at SpendingTracker.org, which features an easy-to-use congressional spending tracker app. The Institute to Reduce Spending received a project grant to develop the campaign from Atlas Network’s Think Tank Leadership Training program in 2015.

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‘THE ATLANTIC’ PROFILES ATLAS NETWORK PARTNERS DEFENDING FREE SPEECH, INQUIRY, TOLERANCE

March 17, 2017

The United States has entered a particularly divisive period in terms of political rhetoric, with widespread cases of belittling and sneering at ideological opponents, as well as groups who shout down or even attack those who have differing viewpoints. A recent article in the Atlantic, titled “A Leftist and a Conservative Join Forces to Defend Free Speech,” profiles the efforts of some Atlas Network partners to promote the classical liberal values of free speech, tolerance, respect, and rigorous intellectual discourse that many across the ideological spectrum seem to have abandoned.

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SLOVAKIA’S CATALYST FOR CHANGE

March 17, 2017 | by Eric D. Dixon

Modern Slovakia is like night and day compared to its years under communist rule, before the 1989 Velvet Revolution hastened the end of communist control, ultimately dissolving the Soviet Union in 1991. The nation has forged its own path since its Velvet Divorce separated Slovakia from the Czech Republic only two years after that. Today, more and more Slovakia is embracing market exchange and international trade, and has achieved a stable currency, all of which contribute to the country’s economic growth. INESS is committed to serving as a catalyst for reform, advancing its vision of a freer, more prosperous Slovak Republic at every opportunity.

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