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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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2018 LIGHTS, CAMERA, LIBERTY FILM FESTIVAL AWARD FINALISTS NAMED FROM CANADA, CHILE, US

October 23, 2018

The Lights, Camera, Liberty program is a grant and training opportunity that Atlas Network offers to U.S. and international partners, helping organizations transform the way they market their messages through online video. This year’s Lights, Camera, Liberty Film Festival Award winner will be announced at Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, November 7-8, 2018. The three finalists for 2018 are Becket, based in Washington D.C., United States; The Canadian Taxpayers Foundation, based in the Regina, Canada; and Libertad y Desarrollo, based in Santiago, Chile.

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REASONTV AND GLORIA ÁLVAREZ EXPLORE 'HOW SOCIALISM FAILS EVERY TIME'

October 18, 2018

Former news anchor John Stossel has partnered with ReasonTV (a project of Atlas Network partner Reason Foundation) and renowned Guatemalan libertarian radio host and author Gloria Álvarez to create a new video explaining democratic socialism and separating truth from fiction. With clever graphics, well-placed interviews, and high quality visuals, Álvarez, Stossel, and his team convey their message in an informative and compelling way. Throughout the video Álvarez explains that — contrary to the popular opinion among many Americans today — socialist policies always reduce human dignity and prosperity wherever they’re implemented and that doesn’t change when the word “democratic” is put in front of it.

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VICTORY DEFENDING TERM LIMITS IN SANTA FE, ARGENTINA

October 17, 2018

Constitutions that hold governments accountable to their people are vital to the defense of liberty in society. The constitution of the Argentinian province of Sante Fe maintains this accountability through rigid term limits. These are fundamental to the rule of law in Santa Fe because they serve as a stallwork against the centralization of power and expansion of the state. The Socialist Party in Argentina recently sought to change this through a constitutional amendment. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Fundación Libertad, the Socialist Party’s attempts were thwarted.

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MEETING OF OVER A DOZEN CLASSICAL LIBERAL ORGS MARKS IMPORTANT CHAPTER FOR ECUADOR

October 9, 2018

Thirteen organizations representing academia, civil society activism, and the private sector gathered at the first-ever “Liberal Meeting” in Quito, Ecuador, in late August to discuss the condition of classical liberal ideas in the country. The participants also developed a shared strategy so their efforts to advance economic freedom — in concert with one another — will have a greater impact for a country that recently fell 3 places on the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World Report.

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REMEMBRANCE OF HOLODOMOR TRAGEDY REMINDS OF THE DANGERS OF TOTALITARIANISM

October 8, 2018

Totalitarian systems unleashed catastrophic proportions of death and destruction in the 20th century. Communism alone has killed an estimated 100 million people since the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. Fascist regimes also killed tens of millions. In memory of all these victims, the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL)’s Václav Havel Institute recently held its 6th annual Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This year’s conference included a panel that addressed the 85th anniversary of the Holodomor famine in Ukraine.

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AMIDST ONGOING CHALLENGES, REDUCING SIZE OF GOVERNMENT IS ESSENTIAL STEP TOWARD CORRECTING ARGENTINA

September 28, 2018

Libertad y Progreso has been named a finalist for Atlas Network’s 2018 Templeton Freedom Award. A little over a century ago, Argentina was one of the world’s wealthiest nations. Yet decade after decade of economic mismanagement and a ballooning state has tanked its economy and ingrained a culture in which Argentines view their government as a benevolent provider of prosperity — even as 28 percent of the country lives below the poverty line, taxes on private firms are the second highest in the world, and public spending clocks in at 44 percent of GDP. Local think tank Libertad y Progreso (LyP) set out to show the real nature of government with “Downsizing of Argentina’s Government,” a massive education, awareness, and advocacy campaign that addressed issues of nepotism, government waste, and public political apathy. LyP’s research, media presence, and social activism resulted in the Macri administration’s adoption of a series of reforms, including tax and debt reduction, transportation modernization, and regulatory relief, to reduce the size of the state. While Argentina faces ongoing challenges, borne from years of economic mismanagement, LyP's important work is popularizing the understanding that lasting prosperity requires self-reliance, not government intervention.

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