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NIGERIAN UNIVERSITY HOSTS LIBERTY AND LEADERSHIP FORUM

Without a culture grounded in in the ideas of liberty, individual autonomy, and property rights, the chances for any nation to build a prosperous society are fleeting at best. That’s why it’s so important for organizations like African Students for Liberty (ASFL) to instill in the continent’s youth a thorough background in freed...

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WORKING SMART: BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SHARES STRATEGIES FOR EFFICIENCY

“However you define it, success correlates with two chief qualities: one is intelligence; the other is self-control,” writes John Tierney, the best-selling author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. Tierney presented his advice for improving efficiency — as a leader, an entrepreneur, or a staff member — duri...

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CANADA’S ECONOMIC POLICY INEVITABLY STIFLES REAL INNOVATION

Thanks in large part to its abundant supply of oil, Canada’s economy has spent much of the past seven years as the envy of the world. When the price of crude began to plunge in August 2014, though, so did Canada’s economic outlook. Growth forecasts were cut, the dollar plummeted, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper set aside his o...

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TOLERATION: THE LIBERAL PATH TO PEACE AND PROSPERITY

We all live in a world characterized by social diversity. Some communities may appear homogeneous, but our reality is that ethnic, religious, cultural, gender, sexual, and ideological differences are never far away. Although many individuals cherish this diversity and see it as a source of social richness, there remain many who...

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LIBERAL ACADEMY EDUCATES YOUTH IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

A new generation of young libertarians is growing in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants in the Liberal Academy, an award-winning project of Atlas Network partner Multi (Udruzenje Gradana), have the opportunity to collect points throughout the year that, over time, demonstrate their mastery of the core ideas of liberalism and e...

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AFRICAN SYMPOSIUM EXAMINES HOW STATES MISMANAGE COMMON GOODS

In nations without strong property rights or a consistent rule of law, there tends to be little or low-quality provision and management of public and common goods. Governments don’t have the incentives, resources, or institutional structure to manage them effectively, and private efforts are informal, inconsistent, and often out...

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PETITION FOR PRIVATIZATION IN SLOVENIA GARNERS 11,700 SIGNATURES

The Slovenian economy is lagging behind other comparable countries in the European Union (EU), and widespread state control over industry is one of the primary reasons, argues Atlas Network partner Lighthouse Association (Drustvo Svetilnik). In January and February, Lighthouse Association and other like-minded organizations coll...

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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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COMBATING SPECIAL LEGAL PRIVILEGES FOR BRAZILIAN TRUCKERS

Brazilian truckers have been going on strike and creating roadblocks over rising freight costs. In order to placate them, President Dilma Rousseff signed into law a bill that would, among other things, exempt some truckers from paying tolls. Although equal treatment under the law is a fundamental principle of free societies, ind...

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GREEK LIBERAL MONITOR BECOMES NEW ATLAS NETWORK PARTNER

Greece has a critical need for a public and media debate about the core concepts of classical liberalism and free markets in order to foster actual reform. A new Atlas Network partner, Greek Liberal Monitor (GLM), is giving voice to these issues in the face of an intellectual climate that previously demonized them or refused to...

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INDIA INSTITUTE WORKS TO SAVE LOW-INCOME SCHOOL FROM POINTLESS CLOSURE

The Deepalaya School in the slums of Delhi had been successfully serving thousands of impoverished students since 1992, but it was snuffed out by mindless regulations. In recent weeks, Atlas Network partner the India Institute has received a considerable amount of attention for its campaign to save this cherished private school....

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PHASING OUT DESTRUCTIVE ENERGY SUBSIDIES IN MEXICO

Energy companies around the world benefit from government subsidies, which are often passed with the justification that they may reduce costs for consumers and producers. This argument is especially prominent in developing countries, where government officials are expected to stimulate the economy and make the lives of their poo...

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FIRE PRESIDENT PERSUADES NPR AUDIENCE THAT CAMPUS LIBERALS STIFLE DISSENT

College and university campuses are often thought of as places dedicated to unfettered intellectual inquiry and proving grounds for the ideas and expressions of both students and professors. In recent years, though, freedom of conscience and expression has come under increasing attack from the left, argues Greg Lukianoff, presid...

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PIKETTY BACKTRACKS ON HIS INEQUALITY THESIS

When French economist Thomas Piketty released his immense text arguing that the steady growth of economic inequality is inevitable in capitalism, the thesis and its apparent empirical foundation quickly gained traction with progressives who echoed Piketty’s calls for greater redistributionist taxation .

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A NEW GENERATION OF FREE-MARKET ENVIRONMENTALISM

On March 2, Terry Anderson and Donald Leal of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) presented their new book, Free Market Environmentalism for the Next Generation, at a well-attended event hosted by the Hoover Institution at its Washington, D.C., office. The book updates their original Free Market Environmentalism,...

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TRANSPORTATION VICTORY IN INDIA: LEGAL STATUS FOR E-RICKSHAWS

In the dense population centers of India, the logistics of getting people from their homes to high-capacity transit like rail has long plagued the transportation sector. The passage of a new bill allowing the operation of “e-rickshaws” will both help solve that problem and provide a newly legal means of income for the urban poor...

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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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ATLAS NETWORK SENIOR FELLOW URGES SENATORS TO ENACT RADICAL TAX REFORM

Atlas Network Senior Fellow Deroy Murdock testified on Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. Speaking at a hearing on “Fairness in Taxation,” he carefully refuted the oft-repeated claim that the wealthy do not pay “their fair share” of taxes. Murdock also promoted the 0-10-100 Tax, his vision of a universal, flat-rat...

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REVITALIZING INDIA’S RAILWAY INFRASTRUCTURE

Aside from India’s river systems, the 150-year-old railways are vital veins for the nation’s economy. However, the railway network is on track to become a financial burden because of mismanagement and a precipitous drop in demand during the last five decades. Atlas Network partner Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR) recentl...

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MERCATUS: LOW COSTS FOR TRANSITION TO FISCALLY SOUND PUBLIC PENSIONS

Most state and local public pensions are chronically underfunded, and use accounting standards that understate their true actuarial risk. Long-term financial solvency requires fundamental public pension reform, but government employees don’t want to see their benefits scaled back so changes to the system are a sticky subject for...

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AROUND THE WORLD: UPCOMING PARTNER EVENTS

With 475 organizations spanning the globe, Atlas Network partners are making a worldwide difference fighting for individual liberty, free markets, and peace. Did you know that you can find out what’s happening around the world in the global freedom movement by visiting Atlas Network’s global events calendar? Check it out and see...

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CHARTER SCHOOLS PROVIDE CHOICE TO STUDENTS STUCK IN FAILING SYSTEM

Failing public schools are difficult to fix, because unions protect poorly performing teachers at the expense of students’ needs. The worst schools can keep children trapped for many years without options for better educational quality. Atlas Network partner the Arkansas Policy Foundation has identified a long-term trend of cons...

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RADICAL SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS AIMS TO HELP SOLVE WORLD PROBLEMS

Although polls show that people have consistently low faith in the capabilities and good intentions of politicians, most still think of government as a fundamental mechanism for solving social problems. The voluntary processes of markets and civil society are far better at meeting real-world practical needs, though, as long as t...

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CHALLENGING CANADA’S GOVERNMENT HEALTH CARE MONOPOLY

Countries that offer “free” health care can seem like an attractive alternative to high medical bills and insurance rates. When health care isn’t governed by price mechanisms, though, it is inevitably rationed instead by time spent waiting in line to receive treatment — and delayed care is a matter of life and death for patients...

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