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IDEAS LABS NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

August 24, 2020

More than one million Costa Ricans—almost 20 percent of the country’s population—live in poverty while almost ten thousand receive “luxury pensions.” This privileged group, dubbed “Ticos Con Coronas” (or “Costa Ricans with Crowns”), receive an average monthly pension of US$4,495, with some receiving as much as US$24,000 per month. The traditional Social Security regime is capped at US$2,700 per month, with an average monthly pension of less than US$600. For non-contributory individuals living below the poverty line, the cap is US$140. These luxury pensions, paid by taxpayers and currently grossing over 2 percent of the national GDP, have rattled the Costa Rican economy, and have created a class divide between the small and privileged “Ticos Con Coronas” pensioners and everyone else.

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GROUPS FROM CANADA, COSTA RICA, INDIA, INDONESIA, & US NAMED 2020 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD FINALISTS

August 24, 2020

Awarded annually since 2004, Atlas Network’s Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. This prestigious prize honors Sir John’s legacy by recognizing Atlas Network’s partner organizations for exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise and the advancement of public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and is presented live during Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner. The winning organization receives a $100,000 grand prize and the runners-up each receive $20,000.

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BEING A COMPLIANT TAXPAYER IN ARGENTINA NOW CARRIES A REWARD

August 21, 2020

In Argentina, excessively high tax rates have made it difficult for citizens to pay them on time. To provide some flexibility, the government offers “tax moratoriums”—10-year windows where taxpayers can catch-up on their dues with no penalty. Originally a useful tool, the moratorium has evolved into the preferred means of paying taxes in the country that is constantly extended, with over half of all taxpayers opting in.

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CELEBRATING THE TRANSLATION OF “POVERTY & FREEDOM” INTO FIVE LANGUAGES

July 31, 2020

"Poverty & Freedom," edited by Atlas Network President Matt Warner, has been translated into French, Greek, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian—an exciting step in empowering local leaders to employ local solutions to solve problems in their communities. The book offers first-hand examples of the positive impact pro-market think tanks have had in reducing poverty and improving the lives of people all over the world, and its translation ensures that its message will reach communities worldwide.

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LIBERTY ROADSHOW TAKES THE MESSAGE OF OPEN MARKETS TO VENEZUELA’S INTERIOR

July 23, 2020

Centro de Divulgación del Conocimiento Económico para la Libertad (CEDICE) has been working to improve the lives of Venezuelans by supporting grassroots movements, leaders, and youth. The organization engages with Venezuelan citizens by encouraging them to read literature that discusses the power of liberalism with their Liberty Roadshow project. As awareness has spread, calls for change have become increasingly common amongst citizens, and even people that are not involved in Venezuelan policy have reached out to CEDICE to receive a copy of Center for Latin America Associate Director Antonella Marty’s book, Capitalism: An Antidote Against Poverty. The book has received plenty of media exposure, having been widely discussed on TV, radio, and online outlets. Marty wrote about her journey through Venezuela in the Spring 2020 Issue of Freedom’s Champion.

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“THERE IS NO ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY!”: LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY FORUM ONLINE: DAY 2 RECAP!

May 29, 2020

On the second and final day of the 2020 Latin America Liberty Forum Online, the conversation focused on communicating the benefits of liberalism to audiences who are frustrated with the status quo and hungry for prosperity and freedom. And as economies across Latin America begin to dig themselves out of the chaos caused by the pandemic, the ideas of a free society—which have a long and successful history of fostering democracy in the region—will be the best means of developing and sustaining lasting peace throughout Latin America.

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IDEAS LABS WINS 2020 LATIN AMERICA LIBERTY AWARD

May 28, 2020

Costa Rican think tank IDEAS Labs has won the 2020 Latin America Liberty Award for their #TicosConCorona” initiative, which has successfully slashed luxury pensions in the Central American nation. Luis Loria, founding president of IDEAS Labs, accepted the award during Latin America Liberty Forum on May 28.

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