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PRESIDENT OF THE MANHATTAN INSTITUTE FOR POLICY RESEARCH STEPS DOWN

July 19, 2018

After more than 23 years of leadership and 36 years of service, Lawrence J. Mone has announced that he will step down as president from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) in 2019. In 1977, Sir Antony Fisher founded the International Center for Economic Policy Studies (ICEPS), which was later renamed the Manhattan Institute. MI is an Atlas Network partner that has influenced many of New York City’s mayors, and won Atlas Network’s 2016 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award during Mone’s tenure.

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DOING DEVELOPMENT DIFFERENTLY: NEW APPROACHES IN AUSTRALIA

July 19, 2018

In most universities and within the foreign affairs establishment, there is a near-consensus view that to improve development and reduce poverty, more aid money should be spent by governments and “big aid” international organizations. In Western Australia, some of the brightest young minds have taken a fresh look at development and reached different conclusions. Perth-based Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, in conjunction with Melbourne-based Institute of Public Affairs, is pleased to announce the two winners of their Doing Development Differently essay competition, which was based on Atlas Network’s project of the same name.

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APPLICATIONS FOR ‘PROJECT ARIZONA 2019’ NOW OPEN

July 16, 2018

Wedding political theory and practice is no easy task, especially for those from countries unfamiliar with the tradition of liberty. Fortunately, two Atlas Network partners, Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) and Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF) have successfully united the two through Project Arizona (PA).

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INSTITUTE FOR SPENDING REFORM TARGETS WASTEFUL PENTAGON SPENDING

July 16, 2018

For many in the United States, whether they be liberal interventionists or conservative defense hawks, military spending cuts are radical and fall far outside of the Overton window. In 2017, the total military expenditure by the U.S. was $610 billion, the largest in the world. The Institute for Spending Reform (ISR), an Atlas Network partner, has created the Guide for a Stronger America to tighten the military’s budget while keeping both troops and taxpayers safe.

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NEARLY 700 ATTEND THE SECOND-EVER FEECON

July 16, 2018

The inspiration, organization, and discussion necessary for a global freedom movement require a vibrant, active community. The inspiration, organization, and discussion necessary for a global freedom movement require a vibrant, active community. Atlas Network partner Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) hosted yet another successful FEEcon. From June 7–9, nearly 700 people from 38 states and 17 countries gathered at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta to celebrate freedom and human creativity.

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LITHUANIAN REFORMS LOWER TAX BURDEN FOR 1.3 MILLION

July 13, 2018

In late June, the Lithuanian parliament consolidated the tax base for the country’s social security contributions and reduced the contribution rate. This reform was a part of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s (LFMI) project within Atlas Network’s Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or LIFE, program. The reforms will lower the tax burden for 1.3 million and reduce the cost of labor for businesses. According to LFMI, the increase in the tax-exempt income threshold from 1.3 to 2 average wages (EUR 1,760 per month) will directly benefit about 75 percent (1 million) of the working population.

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BIKALPA, AN ALTERNATIVE REACHED OVER 500 STUDENTS WITH THEIR FREE MARKET SERIES

July 13, 2018

In the last 28 years, Nepal has changed its government 25 times, culminating with the election of the Communist Party Alliance in 2017. Despite this tenuous stability, populism and broader illiberal sentiments crowd out entrepreneurial innovation in the country. To help light the spark of free enterprise, Atlas Network partner Bikalpa, an Alternative organized a series of “Open Market Promoting Entrepreneurship” workshops that have reached over 500 students.

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VILNIUS SFL DISCUSSES DRUG POLICY IN LITHUANIA

July 12, 2018

After the 2017 election in Lithuania, the country saw an increased crackdown on the use of drugs. Being caught with a small amount of marijuana among friends can lead to a distribution charge and 2–8 years of imprisonment. Vilnius Students for Liberty (Vilnius SFL) is looking to change public opinion concerning Lithuania’s drug policy through an educational campaign. At its peak, the campaign received over 100 thousand views on social media.

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