Atlas Network President and Senior Fellow Matt Warner has been named one of five recipients of America’s Future Foundation’s 2019 Buckley Award, which recognizes outstanding young conservatives and libertarians for their above-and-beyond professional service to advance freedom.
Sin taxes, which are levied on items considered undesirable or harmful, such as alcohol or tobacco products, and have become increasingly popular worldwide. In their newly released Nanny State Index, European Policy Information Center (EPICENTER), an Atlas Network partner in Belgium, argues that sin taxes are frivolous and counterproductive, unfairly targeting the poor and ultimately leaving all citizens worse off. The bi-annual index highlights a European shift towards government attempts at control over personal health choices.
Throughout Latin America, it is clear that the support base for home-grown populism lies in the state sector—state-owned companies created and maintained by successive governments. As a general rule, they have proved to be deficient and unproductive, and their final product is invariably a string of failures and poor economic results.
By the same token, these companies are run by state bureaucrats who essentially fear competition and strongly reject anything related to innovation and progress.
The spirit of innovation and entrepreneurs is fundamental to the growth of any country, provided an atmosphere of absolute labor freedom is assured. Those men who make a career out of overcoming state regulation are generators of competition and the engines of growth. They improve the lives of ordinary people. They are the real heroes, and plenty of them can be found all over the world.
More than 200 champions of liberty from 44 countries met in Athens, Greece for Europe Liberty Forum, Atlas Network’s annual convention of think tank professionals and allies who meet to discuss the specific challenges facing European organizations and to engage each other on solutions that will promote free-market opportunities for all.
Nataliya Melnyk of Bendukidze Free Market Center has won the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank—Europe competition for her pitch to create an educational course for middle school students. Generously sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation, the regional Think Tank Shark Tank competitions award $10,000 in seed funding to the winner.
Kyiv-based EasyBusiness has won the 2019 Europe Liberty Award for its work to toward ending the ban on the sale of agricultural land in Ukraine. EasyBusiness developed a comprehensive land reform strategy that included strategic litigation, which is helping to end a moratorium of the sale of agricultural land. Its plans included a policy research program; an online platform to support landowners in filing applications to the European Court of Human Rights to challenge the legality of the ban and to build bottom-up pressure for reform; and a broad communications strategy.
Association Multi (Multi) has been awarded the 2019 Award for Student Outreach in Europe for “Education for Students and Young Leaders,” a lecture series on contemporary topics such as cryptocurrencies, behavioral economics, and marijuana legalization. As a result of Multi’s work, classical liberal ideas have been growing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, while growing the network of like-minded individuals.
Atlas Network is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2019 Europe Liberty Award, which will be presented on May 9 at the Europe Liberty Forum in Athens, Greece. The four finalists are EasyBusiness (Ukraine), Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI, Lithuania), Libertarian Club—Libek (Serbia), and Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (UEFF, Ukraine). Each finalist will receive a $1,500 USD prize, and the winner will receive a $6,500 USD prize. The Regional Liberty Award program is generously sponsored by John Templeton Foundation.
Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists of this year’s Think Tank Shark Tank — Europe competition, which is sponsored by the Smith Family Foundation and will be held during Europe Liberty Forum from May 9-10 in Athens, Greece. Three think tank professionals will compete in a showcase of the region’s most exciting new projects. The winner, chosen by a panel of judges comprised of thought leaders in the industry, will receive a $10,000 prize in project seed-funding.
[ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 1, 2019] Atlas Network is delighted to announce the Center for African Prosperity, a new opportunity to focus on the role that free markets, property rights, and the rule of law have in creating the conditions for people to thrive in the region. Under the direction of internationally-recognized business entrepreneur and speaker Magatte Wade, the Center for African Prosperity will support Atlas Network’s regional partner organizations in their efforts to promote economic freedom and strong institutions, and to build the capacity for reforms that lead to broad-based prosperity across Africa.
There is no lack of talented, hard-working people in Honduras, yet high poverty and unemployment rates continue to plague the country. One reason for this is the significant barriers to entry for starting a business, which has left many Hondurans—especially those less fortunate—unable to pursue careers or earn a living. With little hope for wealth creation in their own country, many have fled to other countries for the chance to work. To change this, Atlas Network partner Fundación Eléutera has worked with the government of Honduras to improve and promote Mi Empresa en Línea (My Company Online), a website that reduces the amount of time, money, and paperwork required to register a business in Honduras—now, becoming a business owner is more attainable than it has ever been.
Milton Friedman once noted that the role of think tanks is to “primarily keep options open, to have available alternatives, so when the brute force of events makes a change inevitable, there is an alternative available to change it.” Friedman’s sentiment is often cited as a kind of value proposition for think tanks around the globe.
Atlas Network’s regular New York event series, Global Policy Perspectives (GPP), brings world-class think tank leaders to Manhattan to deliver talks on timely and topical policy issues affecting their countries and how the work their organizations do fit into those landscapes. On April 25, 115 people gathered together in New York City to hear Dr. Roberto Salinas León, director of Atlas Network's Center for Latin America, explain how the political and economic landscape of Latin America is transforming in his talk: “Venezuela, Mexico, Brazil: Currents of Major Changes in Latin America.” The GPP event series is generously supported by the Smith Family Foundation and the Achelis & Bodman Foundation.
Several Eastern European countries have been flirting with various forms of a “retailer tax.” This tax is similar (but not equal) to the value added tax (VAT) and the sales tax. The proclaimed aim of the tax is to “punish” international retail chains, who have been repeatedly blamed for problems of local farmers and the local food and beverages industry. In reality, it primarily hits consumers.
On March 27, the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) conducted its second National Economics Exam, which seeks to encourage economic literacy and education while giving people a chance to test their knowledge. Through this test, LFMI anticipates that more people will deepen their economic understanding and appreciation of common sense economic solutions.
At last month’s Asia Liberty Forum in Colombo, we were fortunate enough to meet and grow closer with our amazing Sri Lankan partners. When the news of the deadly bombings first broke on Sunday, our hearts broke over this heinous tragedy.
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