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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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AFGHANI INTERN BUILDS INSPIRATIONAL LIFE FROM TRAGIC BACKGROUND

August 21, 2016

The international nature of Atlas Network’s work is reflected not only in its array of independent worldwide partner organizations, but also in the diversity of its staff and interns. This summer’s Atlas Network interns came from Argentina, Australia, and the United States — as well as Afghanistan, home of the inspirational Najibullah Afghan.

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DO THEIR PASSIONS FORGE THEIR FETTERS?

August 18, 2016 | by Dr. Tom G. Palmer

The great British political thinker and politician Edmund Burke is frequently called a conservative, although he did not use the term for himself, preferring the term “Whig” — and “Old Whig,” at that. Those who call him a conservative often think of him as favoring a state that will use its coercive powers to control human beings, to make them behave morally. People who do not behave morally, they suggest, cannot be free, because they are constrained by their own excesses. Or, quoting Burke, “Their passions forge their fetters.”

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