THE FREE-MARKET TRAVELER: LONDON’S THINK TANKS TO FOLLOW

July 30, 2015

London is a historic and vibrant city that has been repeatedly ranked as one of the world’s top destinations for both business and leisure travel. It was the top-ranked international travel destination for the fifth time in seven years, hosting 18.82 million visitors, according to the 2015 MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index. If you are traveling to London for your next vacation or business trip, be sure to stay plugged into the freedom movement from the moment you step off the plane by following some of our top London partners and their work.

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A BATTLE OF ECONOMIC POLICY MODELS: TEXAS VS. CALIFORNIA

July 30, 2015

When it comes to economic growth and prosperity, institutional incentives and interventionist policy make all the difference. In the United States, a fairly direct comparison can be made between large states like Texas and California, which each have similar demographic profiles but vastly different policy structures at the level of state government. A recent pair of commentaries by Chuck DeVore, vice president of policy at Atlas Network partner the Texas Public Policy Foundation, show that the economic model in Texas is the clear winner when measuring important statistics like poverty levels.

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FUNDING POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION FOR PRO-FREEDOM STUDENTS

July 30, 2015

Higher education plays a vital role in advancing the ideas of a free society, especially in an era when much of academia is blanketed with a left-wing progressive bias. Students who love liberty and free markets don’t always have the resources to fund high-quality postgraduate programs, so Atlas Network partner the Adam Smith Institute has created the John Blundell Studentships initiative, which will offer annual grants to pro-freedom students for postgraduate study.

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FIGHTING FOR FREE BEER IN CANADA

July 29, 2015

Canada had a long history of free trade between provinces until prohibitionists changed that nearly 100 years ago for many goods — including beer. The Canadian Constitution contains a provision specifying that goods shall “be admitted free into each of the other Provinces,” but New Brunswick’s Liquor Control Act still prevents Canadians from bringing legally purchased alcohol across the province’s borders. Retired steelworker Gerard Comeau learned this the hard way when he was fined $292.50 and had his beer confiscated after picking up a few cases in Quebec to bring with him to his home in New Brunswick. Rather than pay the fine, Comeau has decided to stand up and challenge this protectionist law.

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NEW BOOK EXPOSES LEFT-WING BIAS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

July 29, 2015

Today’s college students know all too well the rampant progressive bias that blanket college and university campuses around the country. This bias, presented as fact in many classrooms, often manifests as politically correct speech codes, “trigger warnings” and “safe zones,” together aiming to stifle dissent and alternative views. Recognizing this growing problem, two Atlas Network partners — Young America’s Foundation (YAF) and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) — have joined forces to publish and release a new book, Excuse Me, Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism.

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MILTON FRIEDMAN TRIVIA NIGHT AT ATLAS NETWORK

July 29, 2015

Where was Milton Friedman born? What was his undergraduate major? What economic equation was written on his license plate? Explore these and many other fascinating questions at Atlas Network’s annual Milton Friedman Trivia Night on Thursday, July 30, to honor the birthday of the renowned Nobel laureate economist, statistician, and writer.

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IEA BOOK TRACES HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT OF CLASSICAL LIBERAL THOUGHT

July 27, 2015

The modern traditions of free markets, limited government, the rule of law, and peace can be laid squarely at the feet of classical liberal thinkers dating back to the 17th century — and perhaps earlier. U.K.-based Atlas Network partner the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has published a brand-new book explaining the history and development of these ideas in a format perfect to share with newcomers to the philosophy of freedom.

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CULTIVATING NEXT GENERATION OF ASIAN, AFRICAN POLICY LEADERS IN INDIA

July 27, 2015

Making an impact in public policy requires learning rigorous research methods and best practices in publishing policy papers. At the recent CPPR-Atlas Policy School 2015, participants spent 14 days of intensive training in which they were challenged to develop their research agenda, conduct field research, draft policy papers, and present their findings in groups.

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