Original Articles

The Politics of the Irish Financial Crisis

by Leonard P. Liggio The current economic crisis in Ireland has a political dimension. Since 1987 the Irish government has been formed by the Fianna Fail (Soldiers of Destiny) party as has been the case for most of the years since Irish independence. It is a populist party not too concerned about fiscal limits and [...]


State Energy and Climate Policy Summit

PowerPoint Presentations Tom Mullikin Myron Ebell Daniel Simmons Todd Wynn Tom Tanton Reference Materials Economic and Energy Impacts from a National Low Carbon Fuel Standard Low Carbon Fuel Standard “Crude Shuffle” Greenhouse Gas Impacts Analysis Cost of AB 32 on California Small Businesses A Federal Renewable Electricity Requirement: What’s Not to Like?


Why do some Socialists support market reforms?

Why do some Socialists support market reforms?

by Leonard P. Liggio On July 30, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation sponsored a symposium on the legacy of Milton Friedman on the anniversary of his birth. I had the honor to be one of the speakers. Some of the discussion referred to Milton Friedman’s lectures at the Catholic University of Chile and the influence [...]


Heartland Institute Brings Climate Change to the Windy City

Heartland Institute Brings Climate Change to the Windy City

by Matthew Warner In 2009, in the immediate aftermath of Climategate—a leak of emails showing some of the world’s top climate scientists had been acting in bad faith to promote the message that manmade greenhouse gases were destroying the planet—it was tempting to hope “cap and trade” enthusiasts would pause to check their premises. Those [...]


Atlas in Action: Brazil

Atlas in Action: Brazil

by Diogo Costa 2010 is an important election year for Brazil, and Atlas’s Portuguese-language program, OrdemLivre.org, has been working with other free market organizations to bring national attention to the issue of tax reform. In May, Brazilians celebrated two major achievements towards this mission. While Hillary Clinton wants American taxation to become more like Brazil, [...]


Atlas Trains 24 New Leaders in Think Tank Management

Atlas Trains 24 New Leaders in Think Tank Management

For two weeks in April, twenty-four enthusiastic leaders in the liberty movement attended Atlas’s intensive Think Tank MBA (TTMBA) course. The advanced program provided hands-on training in effective organizational management and sound business practices to think tank professionals from as far away as Hong Kong, Argentina, Mozambique and Kyrgyzstan. Participants learned how to create a [...]


A True ‘Atlas Experience’ in Miami to Beat Back Socialism

A True ‘Atlas Experience’ in Miami to Beat Back Socialism

On April 21-22 Atlas held its first of two flagship events in 2010. The Atlas Experience, in Miami, Florida, focused on the theme “Beating Back Socialism in the U.S. and Abroad.” Despite travel difficulty thanks to volcanic activity in Iceland, 160 participants braved long queues and exhausting flights to attend the event. Over the course [...]


Sunmark Foundation names Atlas ‘Preferred Partner’

Sunmark Foundation names Atlas ‘Preferred Partner’

by Alejandro Antonio Chafuen What a privilege and responsibility to receive this recognition from Menlo Smith and the board of the Sunmark Foundation. With a stellar career as businessman, philanthropist, and builder of a civil society with strong spiritual content, there are few people who I admire more than Menlo Smith, founder and former chairman [...]


Mario Vargas Llosa: a Nobel for the pen of liberty

Mario Vargas Llosa: a Nobel for the pen of liberty

by Alejandro Antonio Chafuen Many articles have been written about why Mario Vargas Llosa received his well deserved Nobel Prize in Literature. What follows will perhaps explain why he got it so late. Hopefully, it will also provide some hints about why this award can contribute so much to create a new positive language and [...]


Maoist Strike Fails, Nepal’s Future Hangs in the Balance

Maoist Strike Fails, Nepal’s Future Hangs in the Balance

The following is an update from an ally of Atlas in Nepal on the situation unfolding in Kathmandu. It is anonymous for safety concerns. Dear Friends of Liberty, I am writing to update you on the situation in Nepal. Politically, this must be the worst situation in the last three years. In 2006, radical revolutionary [...]


A Cultural Awakening in Eastern Europe

A Cultural Awakening in Eastern Europe

“For hundreds of years Slovakians were told that God would take care of them. And then for dozens of years they were told that the State would take care of them,” Martin Chren told the Atlas Freedom Dinner audience in November 2009. Chren explained that since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Slovakia has succeeded [...]


Atlas vs. The Volcano

Atlas vs. The Volcano

On April 18-22 Atlas’s Russian program InLiberty.ru held a seminar in the beautiful city of Odessa, Ukraine despite major travel restraints due to the volcano in Iceland. Several participants and speakers were unable to attend (including Professor of Russian Literature and Cultural History at Oxford University, Andrei Zorin). But as they say, “the show must [...]


Ideas First in Southeast Asia

Ideas First in Southeast Asia

The idea was hatched in London when three Malaysian natives, at the time working for British political consultancies, found out they had one unique thing in common – they were libertarians. In Malaysia, a country that is divided by fierce ethnic and religious loyalty, people stick to their clan, vote for their own and expect [...]


Crisis & Opportunity

Crisis & Opportunity

Mirsulzhan Namazaliev awoke to the sound of gunfire in his downtown Bishkek apartment on a Tuesday night in early April. By Friday, a new government was in power and he was sharing his opinions of the transition on CNN International. In this edition of Atlas Highlights, we feature the story of the Central Asia Free [...]


Braving the Storm – Students for Limited Government

Braving the Storm – Students for Limited Government

The first week of February 2010 will be long-remembered by residents of the Washington D.C. area. It was the week of “Snowpocalypse,” when forty inches of snow brought the District to a halt. It also was the week of the Students for Liberty’s(SFL) third annual conference, which – despite the weather-related obstacles – attracted more [...]


A 21st Century Challenge

A 21st Century Challenge

Many of Atlas’s partners were inspired by meeting Sir Antony Fisher in the course of their professional lives, or by reading about Fisher’s impact as one of the think-tank movement’s founding “intellectual entrepreneurs.” But Rod Richardson encountered Fisher differently, as a visitor to his parents’ Manhattan apartment in the 1970s when Rod was just a [...]


Transforming the Americas – The Chilean Experience

Transforming the Americas – The Chilean Experience

In 1972, Chile had the second worst economy in Latin America. Inflation reached 500%. Production lagged due to frequent worker strikes. Nationalization, price controls and high tariffs were the order of the day. The state controlled more than 70% of all economic output. Today Chile is an economic powerhouse. The first “Latin Tiger” has the [...]


The Poor Empowering Themselves

The Poor Empowering Themselves

We rarely hear positive, inspiring stories from the poorest slums on the planet – which is why the work of Professor James Tooley is extraordinary and heart-warming. Tooley, an education expert at the University of Newcastle and director of the E.G. West Centre (UK), has done extensive research showing that in the most impoverished places, [...]


A Free Man

A Free Man

The small central European country of Slovenia, a former member of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, is transitioning from its failed Marxist ideology to freer markets and a more limited state. Many Atlas partners in the region are working to introduce their fellow countrymen and former comrades to the ideas of the free society [...]


Outreach and Discovery Program Library

20 Myths about Markets by Dr. Tom Palmer Adam Smith- A Primer by Eamonn Butler and Craig Smith The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey by Ken Schoolland The AntiTrust Religion by Edwin S. Rockefeller The CIPA Index and Analysis of Corporate Capital Freedom in China Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman Economic [...]