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APPLICATIONS FOR ‘PROJECT ARIZONA 2019’ NOW OPEN

July 16, 2018

Wedding political theory and practice is no easy task, especially for those from countries unfamiliar with the tradition of liberty. Fortunately, two Atlas Network partners, Language of Liberty Institute (LLI) and Freedom and Entrepreneurship Foundation (FEF) have successfully united the two through Project Arizona (PA).

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INSTITUTE FOR SPENDING REFORM TARGETS WASTEFUL PENTAGON SPENDING

July 16, 2018

For many in the United States, whether they be liberal interventionists or conservative defense hawks, military spending cuts are radical and fall far outside of the Overton window. In 2017, the total military expenditure by the U.S. was $610 billion, the largest in the world. The Institute for Spending Reform (ISR), an Atlas Network partner, has created the Guide for a Stronger America to tighten the military’s budget while keeping both troops and taxpayers safe.

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NEARLY 700 ATTEND THE SECOND-EVER FEECON

July 16, 2018

The inspiration, organization, and discussion necessary for a global freedom movement require a vibrant, active community. The inspiration, organization, and discussion necessary for a global freedom movement require a vibrant, active community. Atlas Network partner Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) hosted yet another successful FEEcon. From June 7–9, nearly 700 people from 38 states and 17 countries gathered at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta to celebrate freedom and human creativity.

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LITHUANIAN REFORMS LOWER TAX BURDEN FOR 1.3 MILLION

July 13, 2018

In late June, the Lithuanian parliament consolidated the tax base for the country’s social security contributions and reduced the contribution rate. This reform was a part of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s (LFMI) project within Atlas Network’s Leveraging Indices for Free Enterprise Policy Reform, or LIFE, program. The reforms will lower the tax burden for 1.3 million and reduce the cost of labor for businesses. According to LFMI, the increase in the tax-exempt income threshold from 1.3 to 2 average wages (EUR 1,760 per month) will directly benefit about 75 percent (1 million) of the working population.

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BIKALPA, AN ALTERNATIVE REACHED OVER 500 STUDENTS WITH THEIR FREE MARKET SERIES

July 13, 2018

In the last 28 years, Nepal has changed its government 25 times, culminating with the election of the Communist Party Alliance in 2017. Despite this tenuous stability, populism and broader illiberal sentiments crowd out entrepreneurial innovation in the country. To help light the spark of free enterprise, Atlas Network partner Bikalpa, an Alternative organized a series of “Open Market Promoting Entrepreneurship” workshops that have reached over 500 students.

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VILNIUS SFL DISCUSSES DRUG POLICY IN LITHUANIA

July 12, 2018

After the 2017 election in Lithuania, the country saw an increased crackdown on the use of drugs. Being caught with a small amount of marijuana among friends can lead to a distribution charge and 2–8 years of imprisonment. Vilnius Students for Liberty (Vilnius SFL) is looking to change public opinion concerning Lithuania’s drug policy through an educational campaign. At its peak, the campaign received over 100 thousand views on social media.

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TAXPAYERS PROTECTION ALLIANCE SEEKS SUPPORT FOR IGOWATCH

July 12, 2018

Many Atlas Network partners fight bureaucracies at home, but few target the international bureaucratic machine. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has recently launched International Governmental Organization (IGO) Watch, a coalition of pro-liberty non-profit groups demanding more accountability and transparency from global bureaucracies.

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AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT INSTITUTE BOOK EXAMINES CHINA’S ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION

July 12, 2018

The Independent Institute has been active for over 30 years and presents a forward-looking, optimistic, and solutions-oriented vision in its work. In its many publications it seeks to reach communities of impact with real solutions to the problems of limited economic freedom and overbearing government. Its latest effort is the book China’s Great Migration: How the Poor Built a Prosperous Nation, written by Research Fellow Bradley M. Gardner, a former East Asia correspondent for The Economist who has since become a Foreign Service Officer at the U.S. Department of State.

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