In addition to its core work- discovering, training, advising champions of freedom – and its prize and grant programs, Atlas undertakes special projects each year to advance its vision of a society of free and responsible individuals.
In 2010 Atlas’s international partners are taking the clear and easily understood message of Frédéric Bastiat – that of property, freedom, prosperity, & peace – to the people of the world, in more than a dozen languages. The project includes: essay contests, translation & publication of Bastiat’s works (in print & online), Freedom schools, videos, new media, such as blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Orkut, Vimeo, and more.
Atlas is proud to be the home of Econ Journal Watch, the electronic triannual journal of the American Institute for Economic Research. EJW publishes comments on articles appearing in economics journals & serves as a forum about economics research & the economics profession. EJW watches the journals for inappropriate assumptions, weak chains of argument, phony claims of relevance, & omissions of pertinent truths. EJW applies theories of failure—market, government, organizational—to the practices & institutions of economists.
The Fund for the Study of Spontaneous Orders recognizes & supports the work of scholars who apply the perspective of Austrian methodological individualism, which has greatly increased our understanding of free markets, to areas outside the realm of traditional economic study. The Fund convenes academic conferences and has a series of prizes for scholars doing significant work in its areas of interest.
In Atlas’s efforts to advance freedom around the world, it encounters many challenges, particularly among countries that suffer severe restrictions on political & economic freedom. Working as a catalyst and connector, Atlas’s SFS program discovers and cultivates relationships with individuals who are interested in both economic & security policy. Once identified, we assist these individuals in developing security programs.
Launched in January 2009, the Sound Money Project is engaging experts in the task of developing & refining a set of “sound money” principles with relevance to the world’s current challenges. The project also intends to mobilize think tanks & scholars to be more active in promoting public policies that are consistent with these principles.
Atlas’s Teach Freedom Initiative exists to identify & assist “intellectual entrepreneurs” within universities, who wish to create and develop academic centers that are dedicated to exploring the institutions of a free society. While it remains challenging for proponents of the free society to get a fair hearing in many leading universities, we are extremely encouraged by the success of recent efforts.
Annually, Atlas celebrates the anniversary of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. Daily, it works works with intellectual entrepreneurs to help tear down additional barriers to freedom. Our Tearing Down Walls campaign raises funds to help future heroes of the freedom movement get access to training & networking programs that will help them achieve success.
Chile’s economic development should be studied throughout the world. To encourage this, Atlas has helped to translate, publish, and promote The Economic Transformation of Chile: A Personal Account, by Hernan Büchi, the architect of many of Chile’s successful market-oriented reforms of the 1980′s.
The Freedom to Trade (F2T) campaign was launched in London, England on April 1, 2009. It is a joint initiative of International Policy Network and Atlas. The F2T Coalition comprises over 71 organizations in 48 countries. The campaign seeks to alert the public to the looming dangers of protectionism and to oppose existing and new protectionist measures.