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CDE’S ‘FUNGUA NJIA’ PROJECT IS CHANGING CROSS-BORDER TRADE IN THE GREAT LAKES

September 18, 2020

In the last five years, Burundi has ranked among the least free economies in Africa based on the Fraser Institute’s studies in the Economic Freedom of the World report. Burundi’s hostile economic corridor is mainly due to its repressive border protection policies. These policies make cross border trade between Burundians and their counterparts in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo a nightmare.

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211. COMBATTING CRONY CAPITALISM IN MICHIGAN—JOE LEHMAN AND MIKE LAFAIVE

September 15, 2020

What does crony capitalism look like? In Michigan, it looks like seventy years of the state government taking money from small businesses to give big corporations special incentives to create jobs. Joe Lehman, president of Mackinac; and Mike Lafaive, senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, explain the ways they show government officials and everyday citizens how these programs are not only ineffective but immoral. They also give practical advice for how other free market think tanks can combat similar programs, as well as the narrative that cronyism and government corruption are the same as free market economics.

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LINDA WHETSTONE NAMED PRESIDENT OF MONT PELERIN SOCIETY

September 10, 2020

Linda Whetstone was seventeen years old in 1959 when she attended her first Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) meeting with her father, Sir Antony Fisher, at Oxford. She was studying the equivalent of high school economics at the time, and was inspired by the revolutionary ideas discussed by the attendees and presentations from speakers such as Professor Friedrich Hayek.

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210. SHINING A LIGHT ON LEBANON’S KEY MOMENT—PATRICK MARDINI

September 7, 2020

Patrick Mardini, president and founder of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS), provides a free market perspective on the fallout of the recent explosions in Beirut. Patrick also describes the precipice that Lebanon currently finds itself; with the choice to either embrace an open economy for trade and utilities, or to hold onto a legacy of mass government control. You’ll also hear about the amazing work Patrick is doing to improve lives by promoting policies that quite literally keep the lights on.

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CAN THE FREE-MARKET MOVEMENT LEAD ON POVERTY?

September 3, 2020

In the last several years, U.S. think tanks have expanded their work to include important liberty topics that are of particular relevance to low-income communities. Are there more frontiers for fighting big government on behalf of the disadvantaged that think tanks could be leading on?

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DEFINING THE FUTURE OF THE LIBERTY MOVEMENT IN THE U.S.

September 3, 2020

In August, 20 of the top think tank CEOs in the U.S. gathered in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia (with strict social distancing practices in place) to redefine the liberty agenda for 2021 and beyond. With COVID-19 and social unrest on their minds, the group, a subset of Atlas Network’s Global Council of CEOs, worked intensively to identify the crucial issues, opportunities, strategies, and messaging that would optimize this moment in American history for the benefit of human freedom.

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209. WHAT DOES ECONOMIC FREEDOM MEAN?—FRED MCMAHON

September 1, 2020

Believe it or not, the Communist Party of Vietnam just cosponsored an economic freedom audit in their country. Fred McMahon, Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research at the Fraser Institute, explains what economic freedom is, why it matters, and what it looks like on every continent (except Antarctica).

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