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FEE'S ECONOMICS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE INTRODUCES STUDENTS TO BASIC ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES

July 28, 2016

The economy prospers when people learn how to create value for others, and a new online course offering from the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Economics of Entrepreneurship: Serving Yourself by Serving Others Well, elaborates on this lesson with a succinct and cost-efficient alternative to FEE’s renowned in-person seminars. FEE has been teaching sound economics and the ideas of liberty since it was founded in 1946 by Leonard E. Read, and today the organization has a new focus on striving to bring about a world in which the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society are familiar and credible to the rising generation of youth.

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AUSTRALIAN ORGANIZATION EXPLAINS INDEPENDENT ROLE OF THINK TANKS

July 27, 2016

People sometimes perceive think tanks as mouthpieces for corporations or interest groups, created only to further an agenda through biased information. This view misses the point entirely, and misrepresents both the nature and the purpose of independent think tanks. “The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics,” a recent paper published by the Centre for Independent Studies (CIS), an Atlas Network partner based in Australia, explains that “the role of think tanks in a democratic society is to engage in the battle of ideas by providing research-based advocacy and evidence-based commentary on pertinent public affairs.”

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HOW FEE.ORG HAS CHANGED

July 27, 2016 | by Jeffrey Tucker

With 1 million readers per month, and a dramatically increased publication schedule, many people have noticed that this is clearly a new FEE.org. We think of it as an expanded implementation of the original purpose of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which was not founded as a policy shop or a house for pure academic research. FEE was founded to change the culture by reaching individuals in all walks of life, to make the ideas of liberty familiar and credible, particularly to the rising generation.

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LAND ACCESS REFORM WOULD TRANSFORM EGYPT INTO PARTICIPATORY ECONOMY

July 25, 2016

The right to own property is one of the foundational principles of modern democracy and society, but more than 90 percent of the land in Egypt today is owned by the government — and the lack of options for private land registration has pushed more than 60 percent of the Egyptian economy into informal markets and slums. A recent study by Cairo-based Atlas Network partner the Egyptian Center for Public Policy Studies (ECPPS) examines the extent of the problem and lays out an agenda for transparency and reform (link in Arabic).

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NEW ECONOMIC SCHOOL CREATES AN OASIS OF FREE INQUIRY IN CAUCASUS REGION

July 22, 2016

It’s easy for Westerners to take it for granted that they’ll always have access to peaceful, safe forums in which to discuss ideas — but some regions of the world are more hostile to free and open intellectual discussions. That’s why events like the IX International Summer School on Liberty, Law, and Economics in Bakuriani, Georgia, are so important. Hosted in mid-July by Atlas Network partner the New Economic School, Georgia (NESG), the annual forum brings together participants from Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Romania to discuss the ideas of liberty.

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STUDY HELPS REDUCE TAXES, WASTEFUL SPENDING IN WEST VIRGINIA

July 22, 2016

West Virginia’s economy lags in comparison to most other states, consistently ranked near the bottom in most measures of economic performance and growth. Chief among the state’s fiscal problems is its staggering level of wasteful government spending. The recent study “Wild and Wasteful West Virginia," produced by Atlas Network partner the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy in association with the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, details the extent of the waste, fraud, and abuse in the Mountain State’s government finances — and its findings have already helped eliminate wasteful spending.

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