Lawrence J. Mone, who served as president of the Manhattan Institute from 1995 until his retirement in 2019, will be the inaugural recipient of Atlas Network’s Sir Antony Fisher Achievement Award. Guided by Mone’s leadership, Manhattan Institute has grown into one of America's most respected think tanks. Their work has been vital to the promotion of free-market solutions to urban policy problems, particularly criminal justice, tax policy, welfare reform, and school choice. His insight as an educator and thought leader helped to establishCity Journal, their quarterly publication, as one of the country's most important public policy magazines.
Fraser Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Vancouver, just released its annual Economic Freedom of the World Report for 2017. The report, produced by James Gwartney, Robert Lawson, Joshua Hill, and Ryan Murphy, ranks each nation based on economic freedom. Nations are then placed in their respective quartiles, ranging from ‘Most Free’ to ‘Least Free’.
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.
Indian street vendor Dinesh Kumar Dixit, who was featured in an Atlas Network video in May 2019, was honored with a Digital Media Award by the Indraprastha Media Hub of IPPCI Media, a Hindi media portal in New Delhi. Nearly 200 people attended the award ceremony and loudly applauded when his video was screened.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
State and local governments have amassed up to six trillion dollars in unfunded pension liabilities across the United States. In response, Reason Foundation established the Pension Integrity Project to provide customized, expert assistance with systemic pension reform and set local governments on the path to financial solvency.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has led the fight for free speech on college campuses since the organization was founded in 1999. Atlas Network recently provided a $5,000 grant in support of their Individual Rights Defense Program (IRDP), which provides assistance to individual students, professors, and campus groups whose fundamental civil liberties have been violated.
For young leaders in the liberty movement, there are few opportunities to learn how to take a good idea from theory to practice. Breaking a project into achievable outcomes can be daunting, often creating enormous challenges for intellectual entrepreneurs.
More than 150 freedom champions from 29 countries met in Nairobi, Kenya for Atlas Network’s 2019 Africa Liberty Forum. The two-day conference, which was co-hosted by local partners African Students for Liberty (ASFL), is an annual event to bring together leaders from think tanks and civil society organizations from all over Africa, creating opportunities for dialogue that focuses on challenges facing the continent as well as launching collaborations that will most effectively advance the cause of liberty.
Audace Institut Afrique (AIA), of Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), has won the 2019 Africa Liberty Award for their work to strengthen property rights in their country through the project “Liberating Rural Land’s Potential In Côte d’Ivoire.” The $7,000 prize is generously sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust and is part of Atlas Network's suite of Regional Liberty Awards. The two other finalists—IMANI Center for Policy and Education (Ghana) and African Students for Liberty International (Kenya)—were each awarded $1,500. The award was announced at Africa Liberty Forum 2019.
John Mustapha Kutiyote of Students’ Organization for Liberty and Entrepreneurship (SOLE) is the winner of the 2019 Think Tank Shark Tank for his pitch to end cultural discrimination that takes private property rights away from women in South Sudan. The $5,000 prize will be spent on an awareness campaign that includes special workshops, community meetings, and radio outreach to help women understand their rights.
Atlas Network is excited to announce the finalists for the 2019 Africa Liberty Award, which will be awarded at Africa Liberty Forum in Nairobi, Kenya on August 22. The three finalists are Audace Institut Afrique in Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), IMANI Center for Policy and Education in Ghana, and African Students for Liberty International in Kenya. The winner of the award, which is sponsored by the John Templeton Foundation, will receive $7,000, and two finalists will each receive $1,500.
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