JOIN ATLAS NETWORK AT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS FOR LIBERTY CONFERENCE 2016

February 5, 2016

The annual International Students for Liberty Conference (ISFLC) attracts young people from around the world who want to explore new ideas, strategies, and opportunities for advancing liberty. More than 1,700 people attended in 2015, and this year’s conference, held Feb. 26–28 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C., is expected to be even bigger. The 2016 conference theme is “The Liberty Vote,” examining how the libertarian student movement affects both electoral prospects and wider strategies for broad social change.

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DEBUNKING CORPORATE WELFARE DEFENDERS IN NEW ZEALAND

February 4, 2016

Politicians often gain support from economically powerful interests by providing select businesses and industries with special deals and corporate welfare. The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has been calling attention to government giveaways of taxpayer funds to fast food franchises, hairdressers, movie theaters, and more by the city council in Upper Hutt, a city in the metro area of New Zealand’s capital, Wellington.

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SUGAR SUBSIDIES IN PAKISTAN INFLATE PRICES, DESTROY EXPORT MARKETS

February 4, 2016

When governments control or influence the price of basic goods, the destructive effects ripple through the rest of the economy. In Pakistan, sugar production is subsidized and regulated to such an extent that its price per kilogram at home, Rs50, is higher than the international price, Rs45. This effectively bars export markets for Pakistani sugar producers, points out Ali Salman, founder and executive director of Pakistan-based Atlas Network partner Policy Research Institute of Market Economy (PRIME), in a commentary for the Express Tribune, a partner publication of the International New York Times.

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‘ECONOMICS OF FREEDOM’ TRANSLATION BRINGS BASTIAT TO BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

February 3, 2016

An understanding of basic economic concepts among the general population is essential in order for a country to avoid falling prey to politically popular fallacies. Atlas Network partner Multi (Udruzenje Gradana) is bringing some of the most concise economic illustrations ever written to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina with its Bosnian edition of The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professors Won't Tell You. The book contains several of the clear, lucid essays written by famed French free-market economist Frédéric Bastiat.

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‘WE THE INTERNET’ ONLINE SATIRE SURPASSES 1 MILLION VIEWS

February 2, 2016

Nothing punctures the pretentions of political pundits and their pernicious public policy plans quite like effective satire, and a recent comedy video project from Atlas Network partner Moving Picture Institute (MPI) has gone viral in the last few months, reaching more than 1 million views on YouTube and Facebook. “We The Internet” began in August 2015 with a sketch about trigger warnings, and quickly amassed an online following with funny sketches that take on current events from health care and gun control to defense spending and government shutdowns.

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VENEZUELA’S ‘EMERGENCY DECREE’ VIOLATES ECONOMIC FREEDOM, PROPERTY RIGHTS

February 2, 2016

The economic situation in Venezuela is dire, with chronic shortages of essential consumer goods, runaway inflation accompanied by spiraling prices, extensive black markets, government corruption, and political suppression. The ruling socialist party is losing popular support, but is clamping down still further on the economy, with an emergency decree in January that grants the president new arbitrary and discretionary powers over income, currency expenditures, business operations, prices, and international trade. Atlas Network partner Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento Económico para la Libertad (CEDICE Freedom) is showing Venezuelans how the decree violates their rights to economic freedom and private property.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK 2016 BRINGS AWARENESS TO EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS

January 25, 2016

When they face no competition, public schools are often unresponsive and unwilling to accommodate the wide array of student needs that exist in every community. National School Choice week calls attention to the country’s proliferating educational options, including traditional public schools, public charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, online academies, and homeschooling. Even as the East Coast recovers from a record-setting blizzard, National School Choice Week is going strong, with an unprecedented 16,140 events scheduled across the United States from Jan. 24–30.

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IDEAS OF LIBERTY HAVE POLITICAL IMPACT WITH ARGENTINIAN VIDEO SERIES

January 25, 2016

The ideas of liberty can come to vivid life through the power of well-produced video, and Argentinian Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso is having tremendous public policy impact with its “Crash Courses in Liberty” (“Aprender Volando”) series. Its work has caught the attention of Argentina’s new president, Mauricio Macri, who requested during a television interview that the América TV network show Libertad y Progreso’s video contrasting populism with the principles of a limited-government republic.

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