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BOOK REVIEW: LIBERTY IN PERIL: DEMOCRACY AND POWER IN AMERICAN HISTORY BY RANDALL HOLCOMBE

September 13, 2019

Liberty in Peril: Democracy and Power in American History, the newest book by Florida State University professor Randall G. Holcombe, has just been released by Independent Institute. Holcombe, a research fellow at the Oakland, California-based think tank, examines the recent trend towards big government solutions to modern-day problems and how this new approach has evolved throughout U.S. history.

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PACIFIC LEGAL FOUNDATION NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 10, 2019

The modern administrative state has allowed regulatory agencies to undermine the separation of powers by combining all three branches—legislative, executive, and judicial—within their walls. This unconstitutional, tyrannical “fourth branch” of government poses a threat to individual liberty in America and around the world, and Pacific Legal Foundation (PLF) is reversing this trend. PLF’s Center for the Separation of Powers uses strategic litigation to challenge the legal doctrines that empower the regulatory state. In more than forty years defending freedom, PLF has directly represented clients in 14 U.S. Supreme Court cases and has won 12. Five of these victories have constrained the power of regulatory agencies.

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LEBANESE INSTITUTE FOR MARKET STUDIES A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 10, 2019

Rolling blackouts and billions spent on subsidies to a failing state-owned electricity company have been facts of life in Lebanon the last several years. Government losses from managing the problem account for forty-five percent of Lebanon’s total debt, putting the country on the brink of a Greek-style bankruptcy. In 2016, the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies’ (LIMS) launched a campaign to open up the electricity sector to private competition—and in 2019, the government approved a plan that will enable private options and save billions in taxpayer money. The success of their campaign will save $5.4 billion dollars, which translates to an additional $125 saved by the average taxpayer each month.

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CENTRE FOR DEVELOPMENT AND ENTERPRISES—GREAT LAKES NAMED A FINALIST FOR 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 10, 2019

Birashoboka!, a Kirundi word that means “It’s Possible,” is the rallying cry of Centre for Development and Enterprises-Great Lakes’ campaign to drive a national conversation on the power of free enterprise in solving the country’s endemic poverty. The campaign is also promoting a favorable environment for doing business in Burundi, a country named in many rankings as the poorest country in the world.

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FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC FREEDOM NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 10, 2019

For decades, agricultural patent holders in the Philippines were prohibited from selling their land or using it as collateral because of Commonwealth-era legal restrictions that ignored the developing needs of the country’s economy. Thanks to the work of the Foundation for Economic Freedom (FEF), a new law has removed these antiquated legal constraints, opening up a free market for patent holders to use their land as a source of capital. FEF’s research and advocacy was instrumental to helping legislators draft the successful bill, build a coalition of supporters, and network with stakeholders to pass the new law, which will liberate billions of dollars in land values and has the potential to transform the country’s entire agricultural sector.

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PLATTE INSTITUTE NAMED A FINALIST FOR ATLAS NETWORK’S 2019 TEMPLETON FREEDOM AWARD

September 10, 2019

Nebraska is one of many states that have made it difficult to earn a living with burdensome licensure laws that protect entrenched special interests at the expense of both consumers and aspiring entrepreneurs. The Platte Institute in Omaha is playing a central role in reducing these laws and setting precedents that can be used as a regulatory reform model across the United States.

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