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FREE ONLINE COURSE HELPS ANYONE LEARN SOUND ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES

A grounding in basic economic thought and concepts is one of the most important factors in fostering a citizenry that can make careful, prudent decisions and hold their elected officials accountable. Sadly, economic education is too often missing from school curricula, leaving generations of graduates without the intellectual to...

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CEDICE ILLUSTRATES PUBLIC SPENDING DISASTERS IN VENEZUELA

Venezuela is in a state of political and economic turmoil, but the nation’s politicians too often escape blame. To help Venezuelans understand how their political system creates economic disaster, Atlas Network partner CEDICE has created a short and accessible video asking, “How does public spending affect you?”

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LFMI WEBINAR EXPLAINS AWARD-WINNING MUNICIPAL PERFORMANCE INDEX

When people are free to vote with their feet, moving from one city to another in pursuit of lower taxes, a more favorable regulatory climate, and greater economic opportunity, municipal governments have to respond with better policy. In order to make informed choices about where to live, though, people need quality information....

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NEW WEBSITE HOSTS LIBRARY OF CLASSICAL LIBERAL THOUGHT IN INDIA

India has a rich tradition of classical liberal thought, and Atlas Network partner Centre for Civil Society (CCS) launched a new website on Jan. 17 at the first annual Asia Students for Liberty Conference. The project aims to revive these ideas and bring them to greater prominence in India’s modern political world.

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NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK CELEBRATES EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS

For far too long, the U.S. public education system has left children and parents without options, sometimes trapped in failing schools with nowhere to go, and a bureaucracy geared more to teacher tenure than educational quality. There are a few rays of hope, though, as charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, home schoo...

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ATLAS SOCIETY LAUNCHES CONTEST TO EXPOSE CRONY CAPITALISM

Some of the most vivid illustrations of how government regulations serve to corrupt the market process can be found in the novels and essays of Ayn Rand. The perverse incentives of the public sector lead businesses to curry favor with politicians in order to game the regulatory process in their favor, squashing their competitors...

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RT DISGUISES KREMLIN PROPAGANDA AS ALTERNATIVE TO MAINSTREAM MEDIA

The entrenched bias of Kremlin-controlled mass media is obvious to those who have spent much time in Russia. The term “zombie box” has become a popular description for the news broadcasts, talk shows (even ostensibly non-political ones), and many other types of Russian programming that amount to thinly veiled propaganda in favor...

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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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ATLAS NETWORK HELPS IDEAS OF LIBERTY FLOURISH IN GREECE

The political climate in Greece has been troubled for years, with a growing government debt and regulatory crisis and the rise of radical collectivism — to the point that three representatives of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party were elected to the European Parliament in May. Atlas Network is active in Greece, however, successfull...

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CHALLENGING PIKETTY’S INEQUALITY EMPIRICS

It’s no surprise that French economist Thomas Piketty’s study of wealth inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, has taken the left by storm, presented as an indictment of capitalism that embodies an unprecedented integration of exhaustive historical data. An in-depth review of Piketty’s citations and technique, however,...

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INDIAN THINK TANK PUSHES FOR LIQUOR TRADE POLICY REFORMS

India has the world’s third-largest and fastest-growing market for alcoholic beverages. Its whiskey market is estimated to be 300 million cases, which makes it the largest in the world. Nevertheless, doing business in India remains difficult for both domestic and foreign alcohol producers. India would benefit tremendously from o...

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UBER ECONOMICS: HOW MARKETS ARE CHANGING IN THE SHARING ECONOMY

Uber, Lyft, Airbnb. These brand names have dominated headlines over the past year alongside mentions of the "sharing economy." But what exactly is this brave new world of commerce? How is it different from years of trade in the past? Here are four ways in which the sharing economy is fundamentally changing the world around us.

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EURO: A CURRENCY AS GOOD AS GOLD?

Advocates of sound money often advocate a gold standard, or at least a hard currency backed by some other stable specie, because currency established by fiat is particularly prone to political manipulation. However, Jerry L. Jordan, senior fellow of Atlas Network and the Sound Money Project, argues that the competing spheres of...

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ENCOURAGING EDUCATIONAL DIVERSITY IN TURKEY

Atlas Network partner Association for Liberal Thinking (ALT) held a Dec. 30 conference about education reform in Turkey, questioning the centralized provision of schooling in poorly performing state-run schools and instead proposing pluralism and competition in educational institutions.

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CENTRAL BANK ACTIVISM CREATES MARKET VOLATILITY

Stock markets are faltering after the impressive returns of 2014, so investors are scrutinizing every hint from central bankers to help determine the direction of interest rates and asset prices. By engineering distorted price signals, though, central bankers create the very volatile market conditions that they ostensibly hope t...

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CIVISMO CHIEF OF STRATEGY NOMINATED FOR BEST BUSINESS BOOK IN SPAIN

Know Square, a business development network in Spain, has chosen a new book by Daniel Lacalle, chief of strategy for Atlas Network partner Civismo, as one of its 10 finalists for best book of 2014. Released in November, Lacalle’s book, La Madre de Todas las Batallas (The Mother of All Battles), examines the global energy market...

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TENNESSEE’S BEACON CENTER ADVOCATES ‘RIGHT TO TRY’ LAW

A new package of health care reform proposals released this month from the Beacon Center of Tennessee includes a comprehensive analysis of the benefits of “Right to Try” legislation, which would allow terminally ill patients the option of trying experimental medication that has not yet received full approval from the Food and Dr...

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THINK TANK FOUNDER NAMED AS ONE OF CHILE’S MOST INFLUENTIAL YOUTH LEADERS

El Mercurio, which LexisNexis describes as “probably the oldest and one of the most respected newspapers in the hemisphere,” named Venancio Coñuepán as one of Chile’s 100 most influential youth leaders for 2014 in its Dec. 6 edition. Coñuepán is executive director of Fundación Chile Intercultural, one of Atlas Network’s newest p...

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ATLAS NETWORK OUTPERFORMS MOST OTHER CHARITIES IN AMERICA

Charity Navigator, one of the most reliable charity evaluating services in the United States, just announced Atlas Network’s most recent 4-star rating – and it’s the highest rating for eight consecutive years. The 4-star rating is awarded for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. The most rec...

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REFORM MOVEMENT FOR FREE MARKETS GROWING IN UKRAINE

A modest investment in the ideas of liberty goes a long way in Ukraine, and Atlas Network has been heavily involved there in recent months with several projects that spread libertarian philosophy and free-market policies to much wider audiences. The stage was set by the Emergency Economic Summit for Ukraine organized by Dr. Tom...

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OTTESON EXPLAINS THE END OF SOCIALISM ON ECONTALK

Professor James Otteson of Wake Forest University, who gave the inaugural Liggio Lecture at Atlas Network’s 2013 Liberty Forum, was Russ Roberts’ guest on the EconTalk episode on December 8, 2014. He discussed his new book, The End of Socialism. A short excerpt from Otteson’s remarks drives home an idea Atlas Network embraces: t...

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ESE DIRECTOR NAMED URUGUAY’S BRIGHTEST YOUNG ECONOMIST

Atlas Network is proud to announce that this past week Dr. Ignacio Munyo, director of Atlas Network partner the Center for Economy, Society, and Enterprise (ESE), was awarded the Raul Trajtenberg National Economics Award. This biannual award is presented to a Uruguayan economist under the age of 35 judged to be doing the most in...

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UKRAINE: WHAT THE EU SHOULD DO

Last March, before the Russian annexation of Crimea, a group of European economists and reformers, of which I am a member, tried its best to prevent the most damaging political, economic, and financial scenarios from befalling Ukraine. Now the economic and financial situations are much worse because of the annexation and support...

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2014 ATLAS LEADERSHIP ACADEMY GRADUATING CLASS

The Atlas Network recognizes 34 leaders of free market think tanks as this year’s class of graduates of the Atlas Leadership Academy, which provides them with new resources and tools to build their organizations. These graduates now join the ranks of the global network of Atlas Leadership Academy alumni, numbering more than 67 i...

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HELP US TAKE ADVANTAGE OF TEMPLETON RELIGION TRUST MATCHING GIFT

You can help strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by supporting Atlas Network today. And, through a matching gift arrangement with the Templeton Religion Trust, increased annual giving will help Atlas Network to qualify for an extra $150,000 to advance our mission! Help us make the most of it.

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ATLASNETWORK WORLD10 NEWSLETTER

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around the world in the global freedom movement showcasing
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