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BOOK TRANSLATIONS SPREAD THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY TO 1,000S OF PEOPLE

January 17, 2019

Estudiantes por la Libertad (EsLibertad) has distributed over 1,000 copies of After the Welfare State and Peace, Love, Liberty — edited by Atlas Network executive vice president for international programs and George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty, Dr. Tom Palmer — throughout Latin America in order to promote the ideas of personal and economic freedom. EsLibertad uses the Spanish translations of these books to further its mission to remove barriers to freedom and prosperity by empowering liberty-minded students with events, trainings, and educational opportunities.

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PRESIDENTS OF THREE LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS ATTEND SPANISH THINK TANK FORUM SERIES

December 18, 2018

A big part of running any event is getting the right people in the room — and this presents a challenge to think tanks around the world. One group that consistently excels at this, however, is the Madrid-based Fundación Internacional para la Libertad (FIL), which works to remove barriers through the promotion of freedom, democracy, and rule of law throughout Latin America. Its 2018 series of public forums in Chile, Argentina, and Spain not only attracted hundreds of attendees but also a handful of high-profile speakers.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT CASE STUDIES: VENEZUELA

December 11, 2018

Venezuela was once the most prosperous country in Latin America. Much of this was due to economic freedom. In fact, in 1970 Venezuela had the highest level of economic freedom in Latin America, and 10th in the world, as ranked by the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) Index. The prosperity, however, led to ill-advised social and economic policies. The combination of shifting commodity prices, rapidly expanding public employment, and restrictive economic policies resulted in stagnation and then decline, exacerbated by populist political leaders who continued to expand unsustainable social programs.

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LAUNCH OF LECTURE SERIES ON DR. TOM PALMER’S 'WHY LIBERTY' PROVIDES HOPE FOR THE FUTURE IN VENEZUELA

December 6, 2018

As a result of large government programs and state takeovers of major industries, Venezuela’s economy has continued to decline. This is causing large-scale unemployment, massive starvation, and rising crime as social order deteriorates. Breakdowns like this occur when liberty fails to be protected and understood by those in power or by the majority of citizens of a country. To inform and persuade the people of Venezuela towards the case for liberty, Econintech hosted the first in a series of presentations on Why Liberty — a collection of essays edited by Dr. Tom Palmer and published as a book. The event was held in the library of Universidad Centroccidental Lisandro Alvarado in the city of Barquisimeto on Nov. 9.

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FORGING NEW SOLUTIONS WITH BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY

December 4, 2018

In Honduras, Atlas Network partner Fundación Eléutera hosted an international gathering of technology experts, scholars, and other innovators working on a variety of blockchain solutions designed to integrate large portions of the informal economy into the formal sector.

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SEEKING A SMARTER AND SAFER MEXICO CITY

October 24, 2018

México Evalúa is finding smart, innovative ways to patch the holes in Mexico’s efforts to curb high murder rates in Mexico City. One example: by strategically focusing police efforts on statistical “hot spots,” instead of spreading out officers on every corner, México Evalúa believes that violence can be reduced.

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PRO-MARKETS OR PRO-BUSINESS?

October 23, 2018 | by Dr. Roberto Salinas León

The question “should businessmen/women be pro-market or pro-business?” seems silly at best and confusing at worst. Yet, it is at the heart of a crucial public debate concerning the prospects of free markets and an open society—particularly in Latin American countries, where political authoritarianism and the myth of economic central planning have been the rule, rather than the exception. My own country, Mexico, [faced] this debate amid a very confrontational electoral episode, which [took] place on July 1st. And, sadly, the rhetoric of class warfare and the popular image of big business as being an integral part of the “mafia in power” are winning the day.

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