ACTON INSTITUTE

ACTON INSTITUTE

Grand Rapids, MI

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The mission of Acton Institute is to promote a free and virtuous society characterized by individual liberty and sustained by religious principles.

Major programs for this organization include: Acton University

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‘FREE MARKETS’ SERIES BRINGS IDEAS OF LIBERTY TO PUBLIC TELEVISION

In the 1980s, Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman helped to popularize the ideas of liberty and free-market economics through his unprecedented Free to Choose series on public television. That tradition of scholarship and public media exposure is being carried on today by The World Show in collaboration with Atlas Network p...

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A LOOK BACK AT THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL LIBERTY EVENT OF THE YEAR

You never know where your next big idea will originate — a dynamic speaker, a moving video, an interactive workshop, a chance conversation. Inspiration can arise from almost anywhere, and a primary reason that Atlas Network organizes Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner (LFFD) every year is to facilitate an environment in which there...

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THINK TANK MBA TRAINING BRINGS TOGETHER WORLDWIDE FREE-MARKET LEADERS

Working toward a free society can often seem like an uphill battle, but that struggle is shared by Atlas Network partners across the globe. They all have valuable ideas and proven strategies for success to learn and to share with each other. Think Tank MBA (TTMBA), Atlas Network’s flagship training program within Atlas Leadershi...

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BERLIN WALL’S COLLAPSE SHOWS HOW BARRIERS TO FREEDOM CAN BE DISMANTLED

For nearly three decades, the Berlin Wall stood as one of the world’s most forbidding symbols of oppression. After years of losing a steady stream of defectors to the West, in 1961 the communist-controlled government of East Germany constructed a heavily guarded barrier that divided an entire city — all in order to prevent their...

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ACTON INSTITUTE COMMENTS ON POPE’S ENVIRONMENTAL ENCYCLICAL

In June, Pope Francis addressed ecological issues through an encyclical — a letter to leaders throughout the Roman Catholic Church that comments on doctrinal issues. Atlas Network partner the Acton Institute addressed the document with contributions from several authors, including the institute’s president, Rev. Robert Sirico, w...

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SEIZING THE MORAL HIGH GROUND

Policy victories are won when campaigns claim the moral high ground and put the enemies of freedom on the defensive. During a Liberty Forum session called “Seizing the Moral High Ground,” hear how a progressive tax was defeated in deep blue Illinois; how the poverty alleviation debate has been reframed; how free market defenders...

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ALEX CHAFUEN REMEMBERS LEONARD LIGGIO ON FORBES

The free society lost a great champion on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 when Leonard P. Liggio passed away. I first met Leonard P. Liggio in 1980 at a Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) meeting held at the Hoover Institution. He was standing on the left side of the packed auditorium next to Murray Rothbard, another intellectual giant, much...

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FRIENDS OF LEONARD REMINISCE ON THE LIGGIO LEGACY

Leonard P. Liggio, Atlas Network’s long-time executive vice president, passed away on October 14, 2014. It’s been very touching to see the outpouring of affection following his death. We knew how beloved Leonard was within the freedom movement, but it remains nothing short of awe-inspiring to see so many tributes to his influenc...

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CONNECTING GOOD INTENTIONS WITH SOUND ECONOMICS

The headline above is a mantra of the Acton Institute, an Atlas Network partner based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Acton co-sponsors a symposium in the new issue of Econ Journal Watch on the question, "Does Economics Need an Infusion of Religious or Quasi-Religious Formulations?" Robin Klay provides a survey of "Where Do Economist...

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