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What if Yellen is wrong?

What if Yellen is wrong?

The chairwoman of the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, recently delivered her semi-annual monetary policy report to Congress. In a recent op-ed in The New York Sun, Atlas Network senior fellow and co-director of the Sound Money Project, Dr. Judy Shelton, comments on whether current monetary policy is stimulating real growth or setting the stage for [...]


Airport sale not true privatization, says Spanish think tank

Airport sale not true privatization, says Spanish think tank

In a move to reduce out of control deficits in Spain, government leaders have announced the auction of state-owned AENA Aeropuertos, the world’s largest airport management firm. But Spanish think tank Instituto Juan de Mariana says this isn’t a case of true privatization. 


Becket Fund’s new powerhouse standing

Becket Fund’s new powerhouse standing

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty earned a write-up in The Washington Post as a “powerhouse” legal firm weeks after its victory in the Hobby Lobby case. The article explains Becket’s commitment to defending “all denominations, from ‘A to Z, from Anglicans to Zoroastrians.’” 


Snap election in Slovenia could mean slow down for privatization

Snap election in Slovenia could mean slow down for privatization

In the run up to this month’s parliamentary elections in Slovenia, the outgoing government suspended its privatization program. The program is part of a budget deal with the EU that is designed to reduce the country’s deficit.


Minimum wage increases sought in Lithuania

Minimum wage increases sought in Lithuania

In anticipation of the Euro coming to Lithuania, some government leaders are pushing a new increase in what is called the minimum monthly wage (MMW) out of fear the new currency will lead to higher prices. Atlas Network partner Lithuanian Free Market Institute’s president, Zilvinas Selinas, pushed back on this rationale explaining that minimum wage [...]


Edupreneurs shape education sector in India



Edupreneurs shape education sector in India



In India, the Centre for Civil Society (CSS) launched Boondein, a national campaign designed to strengthen the voice of Budget Private Schools, ensuring that children have the opportunity for quality education at an affordable price. The last decade has seen a surge of privately owned schools change the education landscape of India. Known as Budget [...]


In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

In Memoriam John Blundell (1952 – 2014) The freedom movement has lost one of its most influential institution builders. Atlas Network has lost a dear friend, its past President and Board Member. John Blundell died July 22, 2014. John Blundell spent two decades as the General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs in London, [...]


Realizing Bitcoin’s potential

Realizing Bitcoin’s potential

Governments around the world are grappling with what to do with Bitcoin — the cryptocurrency that has attracted enthusiasts worldwide, endured the bankruptcy of one major exchange (Tokyo-based Mt. Gox), and puzzled fans and detractors alike with regard to its legal status. The Montreal Economic Institute recently published a study that discusses Bitcoin’s potential.


Latin America celebrates Milton Friedman’s legacy

Latin America celebrates Milton Friedman’s legacy

On July 31, the world will celebrate Dr. Milton Friedman’s 102nd birthday. To commemorate the life and work of Dr. Friedman, who received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1976, the Hispanic American Center for Economic Research (HACER) will host fifteen events titled “The Legacy of Milton Friedman for Liberty in 2014” in Argentina, Bolivia, [...]


Shale gas production in Bulgaria could mean 39,000 jobs

Shale gas production in Bulgaria could mean 39,000 jobs

While European nations like the UK and Romania ramp up exploration and production of natural gas from shale, Bulgaria remains on the sidelines, potentially missing out on this economic boom.


Study finds innovation is key to improving Spain’s unemployment rate

Study finds innovation is key to improving Spain’s unemployment rate

With unemployment above 25 percent, more than twice the EU average, Spain’s economy continues to struggle to create and maintain sustainable job opportunities. Previous job creation policies in Spain, such as the ill-fated solar sector regulations, failed to create as many jobs as they cost.


Growth in Bolivia just doesn’t add up

Growth in Bolivia just doesn’t add up

Earlier in July, Bolivia-based Atlas Network partner Fundación Nueva Democracia (FND) organized a forum called “The State of the Economy”. At the event, some of the country’s most prestigious economists gathered to discuss the truth behind Bolivia’s high growth rates and asked several important questions: Why aren’t high rates of growth translating into significant improvements [...]


The Green Bubble

The Green Bubble

“The problem in green energy is that the politicians care more about the headlines their subsidy create, and what green plants they can stand in front of, rather than looking at what is commercially sensible from a business point of view…. Truly sustainable energy is commercially sustainable energy.” So says Per Wimmer – a celebrated [...]


Government-run schools falling behind in Nepal

Government-run schools falling behind in Nepal

In Nepal, every student must face “the Iron Gate” – a colloquial term for the School Leave Certification exams given upon completion of 10th grade. Passing is a requirement for going on to higher levels of education.


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 [...]