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CHILE’S ELITES ARE CREATING ANOTHER LATIN AMERICAN POPULIST MELTDOWN. VOTERS MUST STOP THEM

October 23, 2020 | by Axel Kaiser

On October 25, Chile will hold its most important vote since 1988, when General Augusto Pinochet lost a national plebiscite on the question of whether he’d be permitted to extend his rule for another eight years. That 32-year-old referendum result allowed Chile to finally adopt the democratic form originally set out in the country’s 1980 constitution. This time around, the referendum will be on the constitution itself. In an extraordinary development, Chileans are deciding whether they want to create an entirely new constitution from scratch or preserve the existing one.

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A CULTURE OF OPENNESS

October 23, 2020 | by Johan Norberg

The latest College Free Speech rankings show that US colleges might not be the best place to be, if you happen to like free speech. In fact, 37 percent of Ivy League students think it is at least sometimes acceptable to shout down a speaker. 21 percent thought it acceptable to use violence to stop a campus speech. Granted, 21 percent is just a minority. But when it comes to violence, it doesn’t take a village. It’s enough with one.

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LEVERAGING MARKETS AND PROPERTY RIGHTS TO IMPROVE CONSERVATION | TFA FINALIST—PERC, BRIAN YABLONSKI

October 20, 2020

Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), “The home of free market environmentalism”, is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award. PERC, a trailblazer of innovative policy solutions to the Endangered Species Act, focused on advocating for positive, market based, incentives that reward U.S. Citizens for participating in private conservation. Brian Yablonski tells of PERC’s groundbreaking findings that drastically changes the way citizens and politicians view environmentalism.

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HOW TO GUIDE YOUR CHILDREN ON THE PATH TOWARDS INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM

October 15, 2020

In 2019 Connor Boyack, president and CEO of the Libertas Institute, was awarded the Think Tank Shark Tank award for his cutting-edge Free Market Rules Curriculum. The curriculum builds on the widely popular Tuttle Twins books by offering weekly lesson plans for parents to spark meaningful conversations about integral free market ideals with their children.

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YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND ACTIVISM: APPLAUSE FOR UKRAINIAN STUDENTS FOR FREEDOM

October 14, 2020

Motivating younger generations to engage with the ideas of the liberty movement is crucial for the promotion of a free, prosperous world. With this objective in mind, Ukrainian Students for Freedom (USF) has provided lectures and discussions—Liberty Classes—in various Ukrainian cities including Kyiv, Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, Sumy, Chernivtsy, and Mariupo. These classes have attracted more than 400 attendees. And, by partnering with the Bendukidze Free Market Center (BFMC) and the Ukrainian Economic Freedoms Foundation (UEFF), USF was able to bring in experts in politics, economics, and law to introduce the public to new ideas and approaches to solving existing social challenges.

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SWEDEN’S PLATFORM ECONOMY: INCREASING INDIVIDUAL CHOICE ACROSS THE LABOR MARKET

October 13, 2020

The platform economy in Sweden is a virtual labor market that connects various firms to provide services and goods. “In its broadest sense, it can be defined as economic activity facilitated by technology”, said the founder and CEO of Free Trade Europa Glen Hodgson. Thus, the platform economy in Sweden allows for a widespread influx of individual choice and control in the market. However, many citizens of Sweden are unaware of the degree to which it increases economic freedom.

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THE DANGERS OF PROTECTIONIST POLICIES IN INDONESIA | TFA FINALIST—CIPS, RAINER HEUFERS

October 13, 2020

Severe import restrictions have drastically increased the price of staple food in Indonesia. As a result, a quarter of all children under five are malnourished. Rainer Heufers, the co-founder and executive director for the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), discusses the negative, unintended consequences that abed protectionist policies such as the quantitative import restrictions in Indonesia and how CIPS is working to change public opinion and make the Indonesian government more accountable for the food crisis. CIPS Affordable Food for the Poor program is being recognized for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award.

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THE 2020 BUREAUCRACY INDEX AND INTERNATIONAL BUREAUCRACY DAY

October 12, 2020 | by Martin Vlachynsky

In 2016, Slovakia’s Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS) introduced the Bureaucracy Index, which draws attention to the amount of red tape a small entrepreneur has to navigate on a daily basis. The Index is based on a straightforward methodology, using the analysis of a model micro company and all of its bureaucratic obligations—such as taxes, worktime planning, health safety measures, and even waste management, among others—which are assigned a specific time cost.

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EASING ENTRY FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN INDONESIA’S DIGITAL ECONOMY

October 12, 2020 | by Felippa Amanta

Lanny runs a small restaurant selling nasi goreng (Indonesian fried rice) with her family for the past 20 years. During the Covid-19 pandemic, the restaurant can no longer operate and Lanny must switch to cooking her nasi goreng from home and selling it online through food delivery apps. Lanny is one of 33 million women entrepreneurs who own micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs). These women entrepreneurs are slowly but increasingly tapping into the digital economy for greater market access as well as reduced barriers to entry. The digitalization has accelerated during the pandemic out of the necessity to survive. However, this thriving online entrepreneurship landscape is now at risk due to recent government regulations on businesses in e-commerce.

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ISRAEL'S BUTTER TARIFFS REPEALED AFTER COVID-INDUCED SHORTAGES

October 7, 2020

Since March, the COVID-19 pandemic has rattled the world economy. Millions have gone back into poverty as the virus, and the lockdowns that go with it, have ripped through every corner of the world. In Israel, strict import restrictions on food have added to the chaos, causing shortages of staple and necessary food items.

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215. THE EQUITY INITIATIVE FOR AMERICAN HEALTHCARE|TFA FINALIST—MERCATUS CENTER, THOMAS STRATMANN

October 7, 2020

State governments are aggressively reducing the ability of healthcare providers to freely provide their services in the marketplace in 36 states in the United States of America. Thomas Stratmann from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University spearheaded the Equity Initiative for American Healthcare, which exposed government imposed certificate of need laws as harmful to both healthcare providers and patients. Since 2014, the Mercatus Center has developed nine academic papers and dozens of short papers explaining how certificate of need (CON) laws, in the name of increasing access, improving quality, and reducing healthcare costs, consequently create situations where patients do not have access to services. The Mercatus Center is recognized as the 2020 Atlas Network Liberty Award winner and is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award.

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IDEAS LABS FREEDOM TO WORK PROJECT- EDUCATING AND DIGNIFYING HUMANS TO ESCAPE POVERTY

October 6, 2020

To combat historically high unemployment, IDEAS Labs has collaborated with members of the Costa Rican Government and Social Security Fund to temporarily suspend labor contracts and adjust monthly social security payments for workers who are subject to reduced working hours due to COVID-19 restrictions. As a result, the changes are living examples of the meaning behind IDEAS Labs Freedom to Work project.

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214. THE FREEDOM MOVEMENT: ITS PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE PLUS A SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT— BRAD LIPS

October 6, 2020

What is the freedom movement? Brad Lips, Atlas Network's CEO discusses his new book, modern day heroes of liberty, and his personal journey from Wall Street to the non-profit world. Brad also explains how Atlas Network's Templeton Freedom Award continues a legacy of advancing freedom and highlights this year's six finalists. Our special TFA finalist interview series kicks off tomorrow so, stay tuned!

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213. PREPARING FOR A PRO-LIBERTY ARGENTINA—CANDELARIA DE ELIZALDE

September 29, 2020

The mission of Libertad y Progreso (LyP) is to contribute to a deep change in Argentina, and according to Candelaria de Elizalde, LyP general coordinator, that deep change is needed now more than ever. Candelaria explains what things are like on the ground in light of the pandemic, bad government policies, and a rise in populism; and the success LyP is having in sowing the seeds for liberty in the minds of Argentina's next generation through education. She also describes the ways Atlas Network has helped LyP through training and mentorship, and shares the unconventional origins of Libertad y Progreso.

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