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LITHUANIAN FREE MARKET INSTITUTE ROLLS BACK REGULATION TO RAMP UP HEALTHCARE

April 9, 2021

In Lithuania, the federal government until recently required that pharmacies have at least one full-time pharmacist on shift at all times. The Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), an Atlas Network partner, spearheaded an effort to roll back this mandate that drove up regulatory compliance costs and especially hurt small pharmacies and communities.

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LIBERA BOLIVIA EXAMINES STREET FAIR THAT HAS LIFTED THOUSANDS FROM POVERTY

April 8, 2021

On March 10, 2021, our partners at LIBERA Bolivia presented an audiovisual production called Sabemos Vender Bien (We Know How to Sell Well) that presents the events of Feria 16 de Julio in El Alto, Bolivia, a huge street fair that has helped lift thousands of people out of poverty in recent decades by encouraging free market activity for independent sellers. Atlas Network President Matt Warner, a special guest that day, said: "I want to focus on 'Sabemos' (we know), because knowledge is a key focus of debate in the future of foreign aid and development world. And what do we mean by 'knowledge'? If we think about the activities that we see happening in the July 16 market it’s a very familiar history that we see in other places, where people are demonstrating that they already know how to succeed; they already have the knowledge within them through their experiences, through their networks, through their own lives."

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RESTORING THE RIGHTS OF 6 MILLION UKRAINIANS | DMYTRO LYVCH

April 6, 2021

Dmytro Lyvch is project manager & head of analytics at EasyBusiness, a leading public policy advisory organization that works to build a better business-enabling climate in Ukraine. The free-market think tank grew out of work being done by advisors to the Economy Minister to use deregulation as a tool to stamp out corruption in the country in 2014, and its impact has gradually grown as it works to liberalize the economy since Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity.

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INFLUENTIAL ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT FACILITATED IN VIETNAM

April 5, 2021

One of Atlas Network’s Vietnamese partners, the Market Solutions Research Center for Social and Economic Issues (MASSEI), recently worked in conjunction with the National University of Economics and government officials from various agencies and ministries to conduct an Economic Freedom Audit that resulted in market-friendly policy recommendations in Vietnam.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT IN COLOMBIA RECEIVES WIDESPREAD ATTENTION

March 29, 2021

The Instituto de Ciencia Política Hernán Echavarría (ICP), one of Atlas Network’s active partners in Latin America, organized an important online event on March 17 examining Colombia’s ranking within the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report (EFW) and opportunities for improvement. The event—sponsored by an Atlas Network Economic Freedom Audit Grant—was entitled “Libertad Económica en Colombia: Resultados del Índice de Fraser Institute de Canadá” (Economic Liberty in Colombia: Index Results of the Fraser Institute of Canada) and convened over 100 participants on Zoom, over 1,000 attendees on Facebook, and nearly 300 on YouTube.

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NEW LIBERTY & WINE PODCAST TO TALK ABOUT FREEDOM’S ROLE IN CREATING A BETTER WORLD—OVER WINE

March 23, 2021

Are you a wine lover who is interested in learning more about freedom’s role in creating a better world? Tune in on Monday, April 5, 2021, for the launch of the innovative podcast Liberty & Wine. This podcast will take you on an intellectual journey through history alongside freedom movement titan Michel Kelly-Gagnon and his guests, with each episode featuring a unique wine pairing.

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CHARTING THE PATH TO ECONOMIC RECOVERY | KENDALL COTTON

March 23, 2021

The Frontier Institute was founded in 2020 and is already reshaping the economic landscape in Montana. Through their Montana Recovery Agenda, FI is working with the newly elected governor to ensure overregulation doesn’t stifle a strong economic recovery.

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HOW NATIONS SUCCEED: A BLUEPRINT FOR ACHIEVING NATIONAL PROSPERITY

March 8, 2021

The Legatum Institute, an Atlas Network partner, published a new report, “How Nations Succeed,” offering a roadmap for achieving national prosperity in developing countries. The report highlights the necessity of strong institutions, an open economy, and investment in human capital in order to achieve long-term development.

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TENNESSEE’S STRATEGIC AGILITY IN A TIME OF CRISIS

March 8, 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, an Atlas Network partner, has been at the forefront of ensuring the state legislature embraces policies aimed at sustainability and recovery. Thanks to their work, a bill to add a Right to Work amendment—which would render it illegal for workplaces to require labor union membership for employees—to the state’s constitution passed the legislature, and access to telehealth and liability protections were established.

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CAN THE FOUNDATIONS OF A FREE SOCIETY WITHSTAND COVID-19? | DR. EAMONN BUTLER

March 8, 2021

In his book, Foundations of a Free Society, Dr. Eamonn Butler, director of the Adam Smith Institute in London, lays out the economic and moral case for small government, rule of law, strong private property rights, and free trade. How might these bedrock principles be realized as the world emerges from an international pandemic?

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LIBERTAS INSTITUTE EXPANDS IMPACT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES

March 3, 2021

Since Libertas Institute was founded by Connor Boyack in 2011, the organization has been pivotal in ushering through dozens of freedom-oriented reforms in its home state of Utah. Building on that policy success, the team recently started working with Atlas Network partners, other like-minded organizations, and individual lawmakers to help promote similar reforms in other states. The policies that Libertas is disseminating throughout the country include:

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THE TAX FOUNDATION’S INTEGRAL ROLE IN THE COVID-19 RECOVERY

February 24, 2021

Almost immediately after former President Trump declared COVID-19 a national emergency in March 2020, the Tax Foundation, an Atlas Network partner, launched a website producing daily analysis of legislative proposals addressing the crisis in the United States. The COVID-19 Resource Center has quickly turned into the go-to source for state and federal lawmakers.

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CLASSICAL LIBERALISM AND DEMOCRACIES | NILS KARLSON

February 23, 2021

Nils Karlson, founding president and CEO of the Ratio Institute in Sweden discusses the need for classical liberal reform in most developed democracies and welfare states while tying in his new book Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies.

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GOVERNOR GIANFORTE EMBRACES THE FRONTIER INSTITUTE’S MONTANA RECOVERY AGENDA

February 17, 2021

When voters elected Greg Gianforte to the Montana governor’s mansion in November, they sent a clear message that they’ve had enough of the more taxes, regulations, and government control approach of the last several administrations. The first executive order issued by Governor Gianforte cited the Frontier Institute’s agenda as he ordered the creation of a task force to address the growing burden of red-tape and overregulation.

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