NEW BOOK EXAMINES HOW REGULATION STIFLES ENTREPRENEURSHIP, GROWTH

May 22, 2015

True economic recovery after a crisis requires widespread investment in entrepreneurial ideas, undertaken by people who see an opportunity to satisfy the needs and wants of the people around them and who are willing to stake considerable time, effort, and resources in new productive enterprise. Increasingly, however, the U.S. economy has stagnated in the years since the 2008 recession — a malaise fostered in no small part by an ever-growing web of taxes and regulations that stifle innovation. A new book from Canada-based Atlas Network partner the Fraser Institute collects five essays “that connect the dots between entrepreneurship, economic freedom, and economic growth, detailing their interrelated roles in America’s sluggish economic recovery.”

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EDUCATING GHANA’S TEACHERS IN THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY

May 21, 2015

Throughout the world, it’s important to begin introducing children to the ideas of liberty while they’re young so they grow up with a fundamental sense of the societal value of individual rights, free markets, and peace. In order for this to happen, teachers need to have a thorough grounding in those ideas first. That’s why Ghana-based Atlas Network partner Africa Youth Peace Call (AYPC) brought together educators from throughout Ghana to spend a weekend training as Teachers for Liberty.

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EMERGENCY ECONOMIC SUMMIT CHALLENGES GREEK FINANCE MINISTER ON FISCAL CRISIS

May 20, 2015

For years, Greece has been sliding further into debt and the danger of bankruptcy and default. The road to renewed prosperity requires a solid commitment from government officials to fiscal responsibility and structural reform. Atlas Network held an Emergency Economic Summit in Athens on May 19 that brought Nobel laureate economist Thomas Sargent, NYU economist Nicholas Economides, and more than 15 other economists and free-market reformers who spent the day analyzing the endemic problems with Greece’s economy and prescribing practical solutions for a fiscally sound future.

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ATLAS NETWORK REMEMBERS DR. JACK TEMPLETON AND HIS LEGACY OF FREEDOM

May 20, 2015

Atlas Network has had a long relationship with the John Templeton Foundation, which has sponsored the annual Templeton Freedom Award every year since 2004, honoring think tanks that have made an exceptional contribution to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. At the center of this relationship for many years has been Dr. John “Jack” Marks Templeton, who helped lead the foundation bearing his father’s name to become “the largest supporter of innovative efforts to promote free enterprise around the globe,” in the words of Atlas Network President Alex Chafuen.

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NEW EBOOK DETAILS MARIO VARGAS LLOSA’S JOURNEY TO LIBERTY

May 19, 2015

Young people sometimes fall prey to the notion that authoritarian governments can solve societal problems, but age and experience often bring with them additional insights about public-sector incentives, institutional corruption, and the endemic failures of central planning. Peruvian Nobel laureate in literature Mario Vargas Llosa elaborates on his own journey from communism to liberty in a new ebook, My Intellectual Journey, released by Atlas Network partner Montreal Economic Institute (MEI).

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IRS DROPS SEIZURE CASE AFTER INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE INTERVENES

May 18, 2015

Officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have often acted with impunity and, in one heartbreaking recent case, in contravention of the agency’s own policies. Lyndon McLellan, the owner of a convenience store in rural North Carolina had $107,000 seized from his bank account in December because IRS officials suspected him making small deposits to evade reporting requirements — in spite of the agency’s announcement in October that it would no longer pursue such cases. The Institute for Justice (IJ) took on McLellan’s case pro bono, and the IRS has backed down, agreeing to return the money.

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TRAINING MALAWI PRISONERS IN MARKETS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP

May 18, 2015

People who have served time in prison, whether justly or not, can have an extraordinarily difficult time assimilating into society upon their release. Employment opportunities tend to be scarce for former convicts, and time spent behind bars is time that often can’t be devoted to developing new skills and entrepreneurial ideas that are applicable in the outside world. The Centre for Free Market Enterprise, an Atlas Network partner in Malawi, has a successful track record of building business clubs, in which people learn about free trade and entrepreneurship, and it is now taking that model to prisoners.

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