NEWS + ANALYSIS
BRAD LIPS

NEWS + ANALYSIS

INESCAPABLE CONCLUSIONS

June 13, 2017 | by Brad Lips

In my lifetime, I want to see the benefits of free trade as broadly appreciated as the fact of gravity. I want to see civil society replace much of what exists today as the welfare state, so government’s role is reduced to a simple safety net for those who need it the most. I want a sound monetary system that’s immune from the tampering of government officials. I want to see absolute poverty eliminated from the earth, and our ancient hatreds be washed away by a growing culture of tolerance and respect.

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NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR CHRONICLES ESCAPE, STRUGGLE TO FIND FREEDOM

October 14, 2015 | by Brad Lips

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.” This is a quote by Frederick Douglass, but you would be forgiven for thinking it belonged to Yeonmi Park, whose remarkable book In Order to Live is both a riveting and important read. In telling her life story, the 22-year-old North Korean refugee reveals an ability to endure countless abuses and finds purpose as a truth-telling menace to the totalitarian Kim regime.

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HOW THE WORLD IS CHANGING THINK TANKS

June 26, 2015 | by Brad Lips

I want to take the occasion of Fisher’s 100th birthday to reflect on how the think tank industry has changed since Antony’s passing just over a quarter century ago. In particular, I want to call attention to some of the challenges that merit debate and discussion among our community of leaders connected to Atlas Network, so we can be more strategic and more effective in the years ahead.

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A FEW OF JOHN BLUNDELL’S GREATEST HITS

November 18, 2014 | by Brad Lips

During Atlas Network’s 2014 Liberty Forum, we distributed a newly revised version of John Blundell’s “Fundraising for the Free Society” primer as part of our RoadMaps series on think tank management topics; as well as a John Blundell Reader with 12 pieces by John that share his insights and give a sense of his wide-ranging interests. In retrospect, I wish we’d also included this piece (“How to Move a Nation”), which was published Reason magazine in 1987 and referenced by Marty Zupan and her remarks about John. Below, I share a combination of my own remarks at the Tribute to John Blundell of November 12, 2014 and the introduction I penned for the John Blundell Reader.

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