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 examining why sugar and other food taxes don’t work.

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ARGENTINIAN CRASH COURSES IN LIBERTY

July 21, 2015

In terms of economic freedom, does Argentina belong to the same authoritarian category as countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and North Korea? What does Argentina need to become as prosperous once again as it was in the past? The answer is more economic freedom, not more regulations, explains “For the Love of Liberty,” the first installment in a new video series produced by Libertad y Progreso, an Atlas Network partner in Argentina.

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SOUND MONEY PROJECT PANEL EXPLORES MORALITY OF MONETARY POLICY

July 21, 2015

Monetary policies that effectively rob hardworking citizens of wealth and potential prospects are not only economically unsound, but also immoral, according to a panel discussion hosted by Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project on Monday at the Penn Club of New York City. In a discussion titled “Cronyism and the Morality of Sound Money,” Sean Fieler, Dr. William Luther, and Jared Meyer explored the destructive effects of the Federal Reserve’s discretionary monetary policies.

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NEW VIDEO SERIES COMICALLY PERSONIFIES GOVERNMENT INTRUSION

July 21, 2015

Opening the eyes of ordinary citizens to the government’s increasingly prying presence in their lives, especially young people, requires a fresh approach. Using innovative techniques to explain the extensive drawbacks of intrusive government power has a better chance of raising awareness in a way that draws in those who might not otherwise be open to such a message. Embodying this approach, Atlas Network partner the Independent Institute launched its new satirical YouTube video series about liberty this month.

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