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The mission of the Cato Institute is to increase the understanding of public policies based on the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace. The institute uses the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world.

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‘FROM THIRD WORLD TO FIRST’ — ECONOMIC FREEDOM FORUM IN UKRAINE

While the world at large is freer than it ever was, Ukraine remains entrenched in political and economic hardship. The revolution fades, but the mafia state lives on. The recent Economic Freedom Forum, hosted by Atlas Network partners Bendukidze Free Market Center and Fraser Institute in Kyiv, brought together think tanks and sc...

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TURKEY SEEKS ECONOMIC FREEDOM AMIDST DEMOCRATIC SETBACK

Turkey has recently experienced a steep decline in various democracy and freedom indexes all over the world. The Freedom Research Association (FRA) – a Turkish Atlas Network partner organization based in Ankara – has taken the initiative to promote economic liberty as a means to change this trend, recently completing an Economic...

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EVIDENCE SHOWS DRAMATIC IMPROVEMENTS IN HUMAN WELL BEING

Numbers are powerful when debating a policy issue. Statistics inform effective analysis, interpretation, and storytelling of an issue. In this upcoming webinar about backing up arguments with data, the editor of HumanProgress.org and a senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Marian Tupy, will discu...

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CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE CATO INSTITUTE

During the past four decades, the Cato Institute has established itself as the world’s premier libertarian policy think tank. In May, Cato celebrated its 40th anniversary with events that included remarks from such notable figures as Rand Paul, George Will, P. J. O'Rourke, Dave Barry, and Charles Murray. Articles, videos, and a...

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FEECON BRINGS CHAMPIONS OF FREEDOM TOGETHER FOR FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Nobody brings the ideas of freedom and sound economics to life quite like the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), through its decades of publications and in-person seminars, and today through its engaging website content. Now FEE is holding its first annual conference, FEEcon, featuring more than 70 sessions and 10 distinct...

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DR. TOM G. PALMER WINS ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR AWARD AT ISFLC 2017

Each year at the International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC), the organization recognizes an alumnus of the year, granting the award to a former student who has made a significant contribution to advancing freedom. This year, Students for Liberty (SFL) presented the Alumnus of the Year Award to Dr. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas...

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BRINGING ‘THE MORALITY OF CAPITALISM’ TO HUNDREDS OF BURUNDI STUDENTS

Burundi, a small nation in central Africa, has been marked by decades of regional unrest, periodic civil war, and an unstable democracy. Individual liberty and economic freedom are necessary for Burundi to achieve a prosperous future, and African Students for Liberty (ASFL) is helping to instill these principles in a new generat...

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TRADE BETWEEN U.S. AND CHINA PROMOTES INTERNATIONAL PEACE AND STABILITY

The People’s Republic of China has the second-largest economy in the world and has long been a key trading partner with the United States, with $665 billion in bilateral annual trade in 2015 alone. With U.S. political winds shifting against a favorable view of free and robust international trade, the National Center for Policy A...

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JOHAN NORBERG’S NEW BOOK ‘PROGRESS’ INSTILLS OPTIMISM FOR FUTURE

People have a tendency to look toward the future with trepidation, focusing on possible catastrophe down the road even as the world around them continues to improve at a rapid pace. The new book Progress: Ten Reasons to Look Forward to the Future, by historian, author, and Cato Institute Senior Fellow Johan Norberg, explains tha...

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WHY ECUADOR’S ECONOMIC FUTURE DEPENDS ON RETAINING DOLLARIZATION

Having access to a stable currency is crucial in order for people to make prudent financial and economic decisions, and stable monetary policy directly contributes to a country’s standing in the world’s economy. Throughout its 26-year history, Atlas Network partner Instituto Ecuatoriano de Económia Política (IEEP) has argued fo...

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SWEDEN GAINED ITS PROSPERITY FROM ECONOMIC FREEDOM, NOT SOCIALISM

Many on the left point to Sweden and other countries in that area of the world as examples of how socialism can bring prosperity if implemented correctly. In a new video from Atlas Network partner Free to Choose Network, Johan Norberg provides a brief, to-the-point explanation of why they are “dead wrong” — and why Sweden’s pros...

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ATLAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRAD BRINGS LIFE SKILLS TO NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES

Atlas Leadership Academy alumnus and Atlas Network Asia Outreach Fellow Casey Lartigue Jr. has had a remarkable journey during the past few years, going from a well-established career working on education policy at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., all the way across the world to South Korea, where he built a new non-gover...

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HOW A BROKEN WELFARE SYSTEM KEEPS PEOPLE TRAPPED IN DEPENDENCY

It’s a natural human impulse to want to help those in need. For many people, it also seems logical to use the mechanisms of government as a primary instrument of aid. Expansive welfare states have destructive unintended consequences, however, keeping people trapped in a cycle of poverty and unfulfilling lives, argue authors Phil...

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HOW SHOULD BARACK OBAMA USE EXECUTIVE POWER?

Now that U.S. President Barack Obama is in his final year in office, he has the opportunity to use his executive power to make some positive changes — if he chooses. The Cato Institute recently began a video series, titled “What the President Should Do,” explaining a few important things Obama can accomplish to make the United S...

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PROPOSED ECONOMIC INEQUALITY SOLUTIONS HAVE NO REAL EVIDENCE OF SUCCESS

Income inequality is often a focal point for those who view justice in egalitarian terms, but a far bigger problem is a lack of opportunity that often leaves people without hope for a better future. In his book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, political science professor Robert Putnam suggests that government investments...

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FREE-MARKET THINK TANKS GARNER HIGH RANKINGS ON ANNUAL INDEX

Atlas Network and many of its partners are among the most highly ranked free-market think tanks in the world, according to the latest edition of the University of Pennsylvania’s Global Go To Think Tank Index, the most widely cited and influential index of think tanks in the world. The Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation, the...

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BUILDING A NEW CONSENSUS OF LIBERTY AND RESPONSIBILITY IN GREECE

For more than five years, Greece has been sliding further into debt and toward the danger of bankruptcy and default. In that time, Greece’s GDP decreased by more than 22 percent from 2009 to 2013, overall unemployment increased from 9 percent to 26 percent, and youth unemployment shot from 24.8 percent to 51.2 percent — with est...

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CHALLENGE TO MANDATORY CA TEACHER UNION FEES HEARD BY U.S. SUPREME COURT

Freedom of association is a fundamental cornerstone of the ideas of liberty, but mandatory union fees for school teachers have long held many of those teachers captive to an ideological system that they don’t support. The U.S. Supreme Court is currently hearing testimony in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association (CTA), a...

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LITIGATOR FOR LIBERTY CLINT BOLICK APPOINTED TO ARIZONA SUPREME COURT

In order for the judicial system to protect individual rights effectively, it takes judges who understand the ideas of liberty and the constitutional limits of government power. That’s why it’s so exciting that Clint Bolick, vice president for litigation with Atlas Network partner the Goldwater Institute, has been appointed to t...

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EDWARD J. SNOWDEN: HERO OR VILLAIN?

National security and transparency are issues that have polarized public opinion regarding an individual’s right to privacy. Without warrant or oversight, government agencies track an overwhelming array of personal data. The extent of this surveillance was largely unknown to the public, and even to high-ranking government offici...

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DOCUMENTARY EXPLAINS HOW INNOVATION BRINGS ENERGY TO DEVELOPING NATIONS

The standard of living in developing countries is increasingly on the rise, and communities that have long been without electricity and related sources of fuel beginning to be connected. A new documentary, Power to the People, produced by Atlas Network partner Free to Choose Media and hosted by author Johan Norberg — who deliver...

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CATO INSTITUTE SPONSORS DR. GEORGE SELGIN’S MONETARY BLOG

Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project has frequently worked with economists like George Selgin and Lawrence White, who are well known for their work on free banking and monetary policy. Selgin, who began a position as the Cato Institute’s director of the Center for Monetary and Financial Alternatives in October, announced last wee...

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INCOME INEQUALITY NARRATIVE USUALLY IGNORES UPWARD MOBILITY

The conventional narrative and data analysis tells us that the rich are getting richer, the poor are getting poorer, and the middle class is withering away. On a recent episode of the Cato Institute’s Daily Podcast, Steven Horwitz, professor of economics at St. Lawrence University, takes aim at this prevailing narrative. The pro...

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GAS SUBSIDIES IN UKRAINE FOSTER FRAUD, CORRUPTION

In early March, the Ukrainian government announced substantial gas price hikes for households and local, municipally owned heating companies. For families consuming large amounts of gas, the price per cubic meter may increase six-fold, with further increases planned for later this year and early next year.

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FREE-MARKET COALITION EXPLAINS SOUND ECONOMICS IN MEETING WITH FED CHAIR

The Federal Reserve is supposed to operate free from political bias, so when Fed Chair Janet Yellen met with a group of progressives organized by the Center for Popular Democracy last fall, free-market economists insisted that Yellen needed a more complete picture of how the Federal Reserve’s economic distortions harm low-income...

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TECHNOLOGY CAN STRENGTHEN PROPERTY RIGHTS IN DEVELOPING NATIONS

One of the biggest obstacles to economic growth in developing nations is the lack of clearly defined and delineated property rights, preventing entrepreneurs from being able to depend on stability, consistency, and recognition under the rule of law. It may seem obvious to view this as a problem requiring a government solution, b...

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EVIDENCE OF HUMANITY’S ACHIEVEMENTS

The Cato Institute recently launched HumanProgress.org 2.0. HumanProgress.org shows the evidence of humanity's achievements. It is a project of the Cato Institute with major support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Searle Freedom Trust, and the Brinson Foundation.

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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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REMEMBERING CARLOS BALL

Atlas Network is saddened by the passing of Carlos Atilio Ball. Ball was a leading Venezuelan journalist and champion for liberty, and he died in exile at his Florida home on July 10, 2014. He was 74. Ball was a Cato Institute scholar, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society and the founder of Inter American Press Association, an o...

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"BE READY TO MOVE FAST," SAYS 2014 MILTON FRIEDMAN PRIZE WINNER BALCEROWICZ

Leszek Balcerowicz, former Deputy Prime Minister of Poland and founder of the Polish think tank Civil Development Forum, received the 2014 Milton Friedman Prize on May 21, 2014 at Cato Institute’s Milton Friedman Prize for Advancing Liberty’s Biennial Dinner held in New York City. ‪During his acceptance speech, Balcerowicz said,...

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