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A DEMANDING VOICE IN ARGENTINA

August 31, 2016 | by Candelaria de Elizalde

Argentina has suffered over the last 12 years as a result of a government that has implemented inefficient populist policies, leading to stagnation and an overall decrease in prosperity. The state became increasingly involved in both the public and private lives of Argentines during the successive presidencies of Néstor Kirchner and then his widow Cristina Kirchner.

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RUNNYMEDE SOCIETY INSTILLS RESPECT FOR RULE OF LAW AMONG CANADIAN LAW STUDENTS

August 30, 2016

For more than 800 years, Magna Carta has served as the foundational document codifying the rule of law as a check on the arbitrary discretion of rulers. This year, Atlas Network partner the Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF), initiated a new student membership organization, the Runnymede Society, its name commemorating the meadow where this key document of liberty was signed.

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HARVARD POLICY TARGETING FRATERNITIES, SORORITIES TAKES ABSURD NEW TURN

August 29, 2016

The university experience is meant to be a proving ground for ideas and intellectual growth, but campuses across the United States are restricting free expression through speech and behavior codes that marginalize, silence, and even control students. Harvard University recently introduced a new policy that restricts students from campus leadership positions if they join independent, off-campus, single-sex organizations like fraternities, sororities, and final clubs. Harvard has begun to backtrack in recent weeks, however, reports Atlas Network partner the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). In an absurd perversion of language, Harvard will allow single-sex organizations in practice as long as they pretend to have a gender-neutral policy in writing.

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MICHIGAN DEMONSTRATES THE MORAL CASE FOR RIGHT-TO-WORK LAWS

August 26, 2016 | by Jarrett Skorup

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy first published a brief calling for Michigan to become a right-to-work state in 1992. Despite the many compelling reasons that nobody should have to pay money to a union in order to hold a job, organized labor was so powerful at the time that few politicians took the idea seriously.

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WSJ HIGHLIGHTS HEARTBREAKING SHORT FILM ABOUT BONE MARROW DONOR PAYMENTS

August 26, 2016

Bone marrow registries rely on the generosity of donors, but far too often that generosity isn’t enough. Lacking the ability to provide incentives that would attract new donors, far too many leukemia patients die each year as they and their families wait for a solution that won’t arrive. What would you do if your child were dying because a bone marrow match couldn’t be found? A new short film from the Institute for Justice (IJ) provides a direct and heartbreaking answer: Everything.

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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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