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PUTTING A FACE TO PROPERTY TAXES IN ILLINOIS

December 6, 2018

Property taxes, unfunded pensions, corruption, and poverty, the question for residents of Harvey, Ill., isn’t about which one to address, rather which one to address first. The Illinois Policy Institute is putting a human face to this problem through the project: Forgotten Illinois Property Taxes.

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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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ENDING PRICE FIXING OF RICE IN COSTA RICA

December 5, 2018

La Asociación de Consumidores Libres de Costa Rica (Association of Free Consumers, or ACL) was created to defend the right of consumers to free choice and the right to trade. As part of its work, ACL works to deliver low prices to consumers — prices that in the past have been subject to the whims of rent-seeking and policymakers. One such consumer good that has been subjected to trade barriers in Costa Rica has been rice.

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CARDINAL INSTITUTE LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE TO PROMOTE FREEDOM IN EDUCATION FOR WEST VIRGINIA

December 4, 2018

A central part of the American dream is the belief that, in the United States, there are no barriers holding one back from the pursuit of his/her full potential. But, there’s a caveat to that dream when one is a student. Unless a family can afford to pay public school taxes and the additional costs of an alternative education, kids K–12 are condemned to the public school they’re zoned for, regardless of its quality.

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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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NEW EFFORTS IN BRAZIL TO EXPOSE REGULATORY PLIGHT OF FARMERS, EVERYDAY PEOPLE

December 3, 2018

Brazilian farmers are looking at increased burdensome regulations that will make it harder for them to continue producing the food that many rely on. New regulations proposed by several members of the Brazilian Congress call for “plain packaging,” which would ban the use of advertisement in product packaging. In response, Consumer Choice Center (CCC) recently opened a new branch in Brazil to fight these detrimental policies.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: EGYPT

November 30, 2018

The tumultuous social environment in Egypt presents an opportunity for change, but it also creates a lot of noise to filter through. Seeing that a problem exists is a cursory first step; grasping the nuance of reality in a way that translates to affecting progress is the real key. While ECPPS’ broad goal is to improve society, to accomplish that end they decided to investigate the core drivers that restrict economic liberties and target them for reform.

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SINGAPOREANS IMAGINE THE FUTURE AT INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

November 30, 2018

The Adam Smith Center in Singapore held its first Imagine Conference, celebrating the ideas of free markets in a country where free expression is often endangered. This year’s theme was the “Future of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Progress.” The conference explored “the big ideas that will shape our future” including the important positive impact of entrepreneurs on a society and an economy. Students for Liberty Singapore (SFLSG) also supported the conference “in its planning and execution process,” but SFLSG President, Wesley Goh, stresses that “most of the heavy work” was done by the Adam Smith Center.

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PRINCIPLES OF LIBERTY GAIN SPOTLIGHT IN ZIMBABWE WITH THE HELP OF ATLAS NETWORK TRAINING

November 29, 2018

The coup d’état in Zimbabwe in November 2017 dealt a considerable blow to the prospects of developing classical liberal principles in the country. Today, Zimbabwe exists as an oligarchy; with the elites controlling virtually all levers of power, inflation rates frequently exceeding 50 percent a month, and the frequent arrest of journalists that dare to question the government narrative. In the face of these monumental challenges, the newly founded organization Advocates for Progress (AFP) is working to educate and advocate for a free society, most recently through a series of op-eds which published in News Day — the largest independent daily newspaper in the country.

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PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES…

November 29, 2018

Thank you for making this year’s Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner Atlas Network’s largest ever! In total, over 480 partners, sponsors, and allies representing 55 countries participated in Liberty Forum, which brings together worldwide freedom champions to exchange ideas and share strategies. Additionally, over 700 individuals attended the Freedom Dinner celebration aboard the Intrepid Air & Space Museum. Participants ventured from across the globe—from Belarus to Venezuela; Australia to Egypt; Lithuania to Zimbabwe—as well as the United States, to be a part of this meaningful event. While many experienced long and arduous travels, they left with the knowledge, relationships, and inspiration necessary to carry out and expand upon their organizations’ work within their home countries.

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GIBBS FELLOWS SHINE AT THINK TANK MBA

November 29, 2018

Prior to Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner 2018, 21 individuals from 18 countries gathered together for Think Tank MBA (TTMBA). Participants learned valuable skills in strategic planning, sharpened leadership skills, and honed fundraising abilities. Among these 21 individuals were three Gibbs Fellows, whose attendance was sponsored by the Gibbs Foundation and who were chosen due to their potential as future leaders in the worldwide freedom movement.

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CASE INVOLVING ‘PEACE CROSS’ HONORING LIVES LOST IN WWI HEADS TO SUPREME COURT

November 28, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018 marked the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War. Millions were killed in the conflict, including over 100,000 Americans, and several memorials across the United States honor their sacrifice. One such cross-shaped memorial, privately built and subsquently acquired by the government, was ruled by the 4th Circuit of Appeals to violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. First Liberty Institute has taken up the cause to defend the monument, and it announced earlier this month that the Supreme Court has accepted the appeal of The American Legion et al. v. American Humanist Association et al. First Liberty and Jones Day will be representing The American Legion in their fight to keep the Bladensburg Peace Cross.

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM AUDIT SERIES CASE STUDY: ARGENTINA

November 27, 2018

Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina, is the most visited city in South America. Tourists enjoy Argentina’s quaint streets, the old European feel, and the rich culture. Little do many know that the country is in crisis.

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RAINBOW@ATLAS FUND ANNOUNCED

November 27, 2018

Atlas Network is proud to announce the creation of Rainbow@Atlas, a special fund dedicated to the principles of inclusivity, tolerance, and diversity. We believe that no one should ever be excluded from participating in the benefits of liberty on the basis of gender, race, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Rainbow@Atlas will assist our partners around the world with grants and awards that recognize and encourage the growing multiculturalism and variety that exists in the global liberty movement.

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CLASSICAL LIBERAL ANTHOLOGY OF 17 TEXTS PUBLISHED INTO FRENCH

November 26, 2018

Students for Liberty France has recently published an anthology of classical liberalism that compiles 17 texts, each of them with an accompanying foreword by a scholar. All the texts are in French and most of them are written by French writers such as Benjamin Constant, Frédéric Bastiat, and Émile-Auguste Chartier (commonly known as Alain). The book is called "Vous Avez Dit Liberté? 17 Textes D’anthologie Pour Découvrir Le Libéralisme" (Did You Say Freedom? 17 Anthology Texts To Discover Liberalism).

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