December 22, 2016 Print

Rich narratives about the important work for liberty happening in Brazil, Ukraine, and West Virginia; an examination of freedom’s traditional roots throughout Asia; a look at Cuba’s human rights record in the wake of its new trade with the West, an explanation of why the ideas in our movies matter; and more. Take a look back at some of Atlas Network’s top stories of 2016.

Nov. 29, 2016

Ukraine: A country in crisis

Less than three years after Ukraine’s Euromaidan revolution, the country remains in a precarious position marked by military threats, violence, internal corruption, and slow-moving reforms. Two years ago, there were no Ukrainian Atlas Network partners, but today there are five doing some of the most exciting work in the global freedom movement. This Atlas Network narrative tells the vivid story of their struggle to build a better future in Ukraine.

Nov. 10, 2016

Lithuanian Free Market Institute ‘Economics in 31 Hours’ textbook wins 2016 Templeton Freedom Award

Lithuania’s next generation of youth finally get a fighting chance to learn the economics of freedom. The Lithuanian Free Market Institute, based in Vilnius, was awarded this year’s prestigious Templeton Freedom Award for its Economics in 31 Hours textbook. The award, generously supported by the Templeton Religion Trust, was presented during Atlas Network’s Freedom Dinner on Nov. 10 in New York City at the historic Capitale.

Sept. 20, 2016

Almost heaven: Will it take a miracle to fix West Virginia, or just a think tank?

West Virginia is rich in resources and a longstanding culture of hard-working people. At first glance, the Mountain State seems to have it all — one would expect entrepreneurs to flock there, and families to thrive. But that’s not the case. The Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy aims to reform state policy and help build a new, prosperous West Virginia.

Sept. 12, 2016

Why movies matter (and why we should write some good ones)

We are the stories we tell — and the stories we believe. In an Atlas Network analysis, Paul Guay, co-writer of the blockbuster film Liar, Liar, explains, “When it comes to the realm of ideas, most people aren’t swayed by logical arguments. We’re swayed by the stories we’re told, stories that make sense to us.”

Sept. 1, 2016

Everyone, even politicians and officials, should be held accountable for their actions

Self-Control or State Control? You Decide, a new book edited by Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network’s George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty and executive vice president for international programs, delves into the fundamental relationship between freedom and responsibility. Palmer also expanded on those ideas in a six-part blog series. In this installment, Palmer explains why the rule of law and government accountability are essential ingredients, not in servile submission, but in freedom.

Aug. 24, 2016

Is liberty an Asian value?

The ideas of liberty are often viewed in Asian countries as a Western import, but Dr. Tom G. Palmer explains that freedom can be found embedded in Asian thought ranging from the laissez-faire philosophy of Lao Tzu and The Analects of Confucius to the dharma of the Bhagavad Gita.

Aug. 18, 2016

Brazil’s Ideological Crossroads: Menos Marx; Mais Mises

 Brazil stands at an ideological crossroads. Socialist ideas have had generations to grow in Brazil since they first took root there more than 100 years ago, interrupted by a long period of authoritarian military dictatorship in the late 20th century. The country is now facing some of its most difficult times, and the people of Brazil are angry at a system that has failed them, and ready for change. The free-market think tanks of Brazil are poised to meet that challenge through work that is thoughtful and careful, bold and rigorous.

June 24, 2016

Weighing advantages and drawbacks to UK’s ‘Brexit’ from European Union

Membership in the European Union has obvious trade and labor mobility benefits, but the increasingly centralized, bureaucratic, and regulatory approach of the EU also provides serious drawbacks. On June 23, the United Kingdom voted for a controversial “Brexit” from the EU that the London-based Institute of Economic Affairs has studied closely from the proposal’s inception.

March 31, 2016

Argentina’s economy, rule of law improving after first 100 days of new administration

It’s still too early to assess the success of Argentinian President Mauricio Macri’s administration. However, after the assertive change of his first 100 days in office, certain aspects of the new government became clear. Argentina used to have Venezuela or Cuba as role models, but now has a government that wants to rejoin the liberal democracies working toward sustainable development, explained Agustín Etchebarne, director general of Argentina-based Libertad y Progreso, in an Atlas Network analysis.

March 17, 2016

Obama, Rolling Stones should open dialogue about Cuba’s human rights abuses

Both U.S. President Barack Obama and the Rolling Stones visited Cuba in March, signs that the long-lasting U.S. embargo is being scaled back. Fully opening Cuban markets to U.S. investment would unquestionably benefit the people of both countries, Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips explained in a commentary for the Daily Caller, which is why it’s important that representatives of free societies engage in a dialogue about Cuba’s long history of human rights abuses and political detentions.