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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MEASURING AND COMBATING VIOLENT CRIME IN URUGUAY

July 27, 2015

Violent crime is a terrifying violation of person and property, with devastating effects that ripple throughout the lives of the victims. The aftermath isn’t confined to the direct targets of criminal activity, though, or their family and friends. It also spreads throughout the local economy, making it more difficult and costly to do business, raising the prices of goods and services, and hitting the pocketbooks of hardworking people everywhere. That’s why Uruguay-based Atlas Network partner Centro de Economía, Sociedad y Empresa (ESE) is tackling the issue as one of the 16 recipients of Atlas Network’s 2015 Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform grant opportunity.

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M-PESA LOWERS TRANSACTION COSTS, SPARKS ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN KENYA

July 23, 2015

As President Barack Obama heads to Nairobi for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week, much of the reporting has focused on the significance of Obama returning to his father's homeland. This misses the truly exciting news — the way in which free markets and free enterprise are improving the lives of millions of Africans. Atlas Network’s Kenyan partner, Eastern Africa Policy Centre, is releasing videos timed to coincide with Obama’s visit that demonstrate how Kenya's future will be built by a citizenry now engaged in the global marketplace. Its first video focuses on the broad adoption of M-Pesa, a mobile payment system that runs on cell phones, used by an estimated 58 percent of Kenyan adults.

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WHY A SUGAR TAX WON’T END OBESITY

July 23, 2015

In order to clarify false information recently made by campaigners for a new sugar tax in New Zealand, Atlas Network partner the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has released a report aimed at correcting these claims. Titled “Fizzed Out: Why a Sugar Tax Won’t Curb Obesity,” the report takes a detailed look at the purported effectiveness of sugar taxes in curbing obesity and examines why sugar and other food taxes don’t work.

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