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Resilient defense of sound economics in beleaguered South Africa

Resilient defense of sound economics in beleaguered South Africa

South Africa is seeing increased legislative attacks on free enterprise, foreign investors, energy providers, and private health care. The Free Market Foundation of South Africa (FMF) has long been an advocate for limiting the role of government. As one of the few groups standing athwart this tide of collectivism shouting, “stop!”.


A Libertarian Primer for Western Australia’s next generation

A Libertarian Primer for Western Australia’s next generation

The Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in western Australia was founded by Ron Manners, who is fondly discussed on the dedication page of a new book, A Libertarian Primer for Future Leaders of Western Australia. Editor Andrew Pickford notes that Mannkal has hosted some 600 interns who arrived as students and many of whom are now [...]


The $15 Billion Quebec Surplus that Might Have Been

The $15 Billion Quebec Surplus that Might Have Been

Many movie previews begin with a deep-voiced narrator intoning the words, “In a world where…” The viewer is invited to imagine a fantastic scenario different from the world in which he lives. The Montreal Economic Institute (MEI) does something similar in a concise study by Youri Chassin, imagining how Quebec’s public finances would be different [...]


FGA pulls disguise off Indiana Governor’s ObamaCare expansion

FGA pulls disguise off Indiana Governor’s ObamaCare expansion

Republican Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence wants to give free taxpayer-funded Medicaid to a quarter million working-age, childless adults. And he wants people to believe that it isn’t ObamaCare. The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is pushing back against and exposing the plan for what it is. Tarren Bragdon, The FGA’s CEO, said about the [...]


Remembering Carlos Ball

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 [...]


India’s Freedom Caravan

India's Freedom Caravan

Freedom is caravanning across India by way of the Centre for Civil Society’s annual “Freedom Caravan” program. Freedom Caravan is an internationally recognized platform for debate and discussion on various issues of social importance; it will visit 11 colleges in five Indian states in July. This year’s theme, “Who creates wealth”, invites debate on issues [...]


Shelton’s op-ed named one of WSJ’s 125 most memorable

Shelton’s op-ed named one of WSJ’s 125 most memorable

In celebration of it’s 125th anniversary, The Wall Street Journal released a list of its 125 most memorable op-eds. The Atlas Network is proud to congratulate Dr. Judy Shelton, senior fellow and co-director of Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project, on being on that list for her 1988 op-ed “Confronting the Soviet Financial Offensive.” In the [...]


The Politics of Money

The Politics of Money

In her latest article in the Weekly Standard, Atlas Network Senior Fellow and Sound Money Project Co-Director Dr. Judy Shelton summons U.S. leaders to “consider profound monetary reform to establish the reliability of America’s currency and help build a new international monetary system,” and not invoke “sound money” as a mere platitude.


Lithuania’s unstable tax system

Lithuania’s unstable tax system

Is there a cure to an unstable tax system? If so, Lithuania needs it. In the last decade, the laws on the five main taxes of Lithuania were changed 193 times. Kaetana Leontjeva, analyst at the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), recently wrote an article for Lithuania’s IQ Magazine. In the article, Leontjeva calls for [...]


Battling Leviathan Health

Battling Leviathan Health

With elections for Britain’s National Health System board looming this next year, there has been a call by public officials for more funding. This “no doubt signals the start of another funding arms race”, says Ryan Bourne of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA). He suggests introducing co-payments and competition as an alternative to more [...]


Hong Kong’s campaign for direct elections

Hong Kong’s campaign for direct elections

Kellie Wong, analyst with Hong Kong’s Lion Rock Institute, writes about Occupy Central with Love and Peace – a civil disobedience campaign for democracy and direct elections in Hong Kong. In late June more than 700,000 Hong Kong citizens — more than 10 percent of the population — cast votes in an unofficial poll on [...]


Another financial meltdown?

Another financial meltdown?

Is there another financial meltdown on the horizon? Dr. Judy Shelton, who co-directs Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project, surely believes so. In her latest article in The Hill, Dr. Shelton warns about the “alarming disconnect between the performance of global equity markets, which are booming, and an underlying world economy that is merely limping along”. [...]


Waging World Peace

Waging World Peace

On June 26, Canada’s Fraser Institute published findings of its 2014 Economic Freedom of the World Report, titled “Free Markets and Civil Peace: Some Theory and Empirical Evidence.” In it, Fraser scholars empirically and theoretically examine war and peace, finding that the level of economic freedom a country enjoys is directly correlated with the level [...]


The Atlas Experience in Hong Kong

The Atlas Experience in Hong Kong

Hosted by the Atlas Network in partnership with the Lion Rock Institute Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong September 6, 2014 Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong Hotel Address: 64 Mody Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong Atlas Network and The Lion Rock Institute of Hong Kong will co-host a one-day conference at the Shangri-La Hong Kong on Saturday, September 6, [...]


Taking on the taxi monopoly in Europe

Taking on the taxi monopoly in Europe

Earlier this week, European Students for Liberty, an Atlas Network partner, published a piece in The Huffington Post Germany explaining the misguided logic behind the anti-rideshare movement that has recently exploded in cities across the globe. In the article titled “The taxi monopoly is a thing of the past,” Frederik Roeder explains how earlier this [...]


FIRE sues U.S. universities over unconstitutional speech codes

FIRE sues U.S. universities over unconstitutional speech codes

On July 1, The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), an Atlas Network Partner, announced that they would sue universities that are enforcing illegal speech codes, rules that limit students’ freedom of speech. According to Reason Magazine, “with help from the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, FIRE is suing several universities that manifestly [...]


Poland’s Econ-Comics

Poland’s Econ-Comics

Warsaw’s Civil Development Forum (FOR) recently released its 5th edition of KOMIKSY EKONOMICZNE “Econ-Comics” – an interesting and accessible book of comics featuring the basic principles and lessons of economics for Polish secondary school students.


U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of worker-freedom

U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of worker-freedom

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-4 vote in favor of worker-freedom on June 30 in the case of Harris v. Quinn. Because of this, thousands of home healthcare workers in Illinois cannot be forced to pay union fees.


New book from AEI takes on inequality myths

New book from AEI takes on inequality myths

Recently, the American Enterprise Institute released “Opportunity for All: How to Think about Income Inequality”, a book of essays in which renowned liberty champion, Arthur Brooks, and other prominent AEI scholars, address the subject of income inequality. This topic, recently brought to the forefront of the public policy debate by French economist Thomas Piketty in [...]


World Cup football reduces crime in Uruguay by 15%

World Cup football reduces crime in Uruguay by 15%

There’s no question that this year’s World Cup has been marred by controversy. Whether its been about the disgruntled residents of Brazil, corruption scandals involving FIFA, or players biting one another on the field, people have found negative angles to focus on when writing about this year’s tournament. Last week, Ignacio Munyo, a full-time professor [...]


Liberty in Turkey: Past and Present

Liberty in Turkey: Past and Present

In a country with an expanding surveillance state, rising Internet censorship and an oppressed press, Turks may have little to hope for during the upcoming presidential election. However, there is a growing public demand for more freedom and accountability.


The 2014 Universe of Public Expenditures

The 2014 Universe of Public Expenditures

The Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS), an Atlas Network partner, just released the English version of The 2014 Universe of Public Expenditures, a poster with a graphical representation of all public expenditures financed by taxes and contributions in the state of Slovakia. The highly detailed graphic allows citizens to easily understand the relationships among [...]


Criticism of Government’s Role in the Great Recession Wins Hayek Award

Criticism of Government’s Role in the Great Recession Wins Hayek Award

On June 25th, the Manhattan Institute awarded the 2014 Hayek Prize to Chicago economist Casey Mulligan, author of The Redistribution Recession: How Labor Market Distortions Contracted the Economy. The book shows how benevolent policies meant to bolster our national economic well-being after the financial crisis have in fact had a perverse effect. Mulligan opens his [...]


Students Want More Entrepreneurship in Malawi

Students Want More Entrepreneurship in Malawi

Changes are fermenting in the landlocked, English-speaking Republic of Malawi. The longstanding command economy of Malawi controls currency values, dictates prices of goods and services, and subsidizes maize, tobacco, and other crops which form the bedrock of Malawi’s economy. The country’s enormous youth population is feeling slighted by a system that has slowed economic development, [...]