In June, Pope Francis addressed ecological issues through an encyclical — a letter to leaders throughout the Roman Catholic Church that comments on doctrinal issues. Atlas Network partner the Acton Institute addressed the document with contributions from several authors, including the institute’s president, Rev. Robert Sirico, who acknowledges that much of the document “poses a major challenge for free-market advocates,” but commends the pope for calling on experts to engage in “honest debate” about these issues.
As I write these lines, it is almost certain that Greece will default on its debt today, June 30. What led to such a disastrous situation? To understand, we must look back in time to the events leading up to and surrounding today’s expected default.
In much of the world, child labor is still the norm rather than a rare exception, so children in developing nations have far fewer opportunities to gain an education that would allow them to pursue a better life. A new crowdfunding campaign to support the development of low-cost community schools aims to help solve this problem in Indonesia by serving low-income families without realistic educational opportunities.
On Wednesday, July 1, at 2 p.m. EDT, Atlas Network will host a one-hour webinar on Greece at a crossroads: What is at stake, and what to expect, featuring Aristides Hatzis, the leading pro-reform expert on Greece and an associate professor of philosophy of law and theory of institutions at the University of Athens, to discuss Greece’s debt crisis and the urgency for finding a solution.
Turkey’s general elections on June 7 opened a new chapter in the nation’s democratic history. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since first gaining power in 2002. This has not only opened a new era of possible coalition governments, it also marks a major step backward for the authoritarian ambitions of AKP leader President Tayyip Erdoğan, who had hoped to secure a major electoral victory that would give him the mandate to introduce a new constitution tailor-made for himself.
I want to take the occasion of Fisher’s 100th birthday to reflect on how the think tank industry has changed since Antony’s passing just over a quarter century ago. In particular, I want to call attention to some of the challenges that merit debate and discussion among our community of leaders connected to Atlas Network, so we can be more strategic and more effective in the years ahead.
On a macro level, the right ideas presented by the right people at the right time can change the course of history. On a more individual level, enthusiastic disseminators of ideas can have life-changing consequences.