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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, [...]


The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century

The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century

Top economists will discuss the aspects of the most forward thinking and libertarian school of economic thought and address the challenges of the future at the Fifth International Conference, “The Austrian School of Economics in the 21st Century” in November.


Association “Multi” trains liberty’s next gen. in Bosnia a­­­nd Herzegovina

Association “Multi” trains liberty’s next gen. in Bosnia a­­­nd Herzegovina

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, liberty’s next generation is learning about the basics of political economy, the current economic problems of today and monetary issues facing the country and the world. Atlas Network partner Association “Multi”, in collaboration with its partners, held three “Catallaxy” seminars this month in Sarajevo, Tuzla and Zenica. These were the first [...]


Translating liberty in China

Translating liberty in China

It is often necessary to influence public opinion in order to advocate for political change. Public opinion can be difficult to change when the ideas you’re promoting – in this case, liberty – are a foreign concept, with important texts in a language most of the people in a nation don’t understand. This was the [...]


Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi bring a bright future for India?

Will Prime Minister Narendra Modi bring a bright future for India?

Last night, at the Penn Club in Manhattan, the Atlas Network hosted a discussion on Modi with Gurcharan Das, an author and commentator and the former CEO of Procter & Gamble India. Das said that India grows at night, while the government is sleeping. And the government needs to change the economic climate so India can [...]


Can the Private Sector Provide Public Goods in Vietnam?

Can the Private Sector Provide Public Goods in Vietnam?

DoiMoi is on a mission to educate a new generation of Vietnamese students in the school of celebrated economists like Randall Holcombe. Every two months, DoiMoi.org and F-Group Research will hold a new seminar, branded as a series of “Reading Circles” for university students. The first topic was “Public Goods: The Choice Between Production and [...]


Brazilian taxpayers cover more than 85 percent of cost of World Cup

Brazilian taxpayers cover more than 85 percent of cost of World Cup

“Hosting the World Cup has taught Brazilians some useful lessons. The most important is that one can never be too skeptical about politicians’ promises,” writes Magno Karl, executive director of Brazilian think tank OrdemLivre, an Atlas Network partner. In Karl’s recent article he writes about how leading up to the event, the Brazilian government promised [...]


Founder of Ecuador organization honored with lifetime achievement award

Founder of Ecuador organization honored with lifetime achievement award

Earlier this month, Dora de Ampuero, founder and director of the Ecuadorian Institute for Political Economy (IEEP), was honored with the Orrantia González Civic Decoration at the historic 125-year anniversary celebration of Guayaquil’s Chamber of Commerce (GCC). Ampuero, a long time friend and partner of the Atlas Network, was recognized for her long time commitment [...]


One Million Youngsters for Freedom in Mexico

One Million Youngsters for Freedom in Mexico

The freedom movement is growing in Mexico, thanks to groups like the Instituto de Pensamiento Estrategico Agora A.C. (IPEA), an Atlas Network partner. IPEA wants to see a free and prosperous country of responsible men and women where the government is limited by the Rule of Law. To help achieve this, IPEA started a project [...]


Welfare spending increases in Argentina

Welfare spending increases in Argentina

Economist Marcos Hilding Ohlsson of Atlas Network partner Libertad y Progreso outlines how the government of Cristina Kirchner is growing the Argentine welfare-state using populist spending tactics. According to a new study, in 2014, more than 18 million Argentines, approximately 42 percent of the population, will benefit from at least one of 60 different welfare programs. Click here [...]


European Resource Bank celebrates 10 years

European Resource Bank celebrates 10 years

Celebrating it’s 10th year, this year’s European Resource Bank will be hosted by the Institute for Economic Studies-Europe in Aix en Provence, France, June 27-29. In the shadow of recent European elections, the theme of this year’s conference is Reforming Europe for the 21st Century, and participants from think tanks across Europe and the United [...]


New mentorship program accelerates success for next generation of think tank leaders

New mentorship program accelerates success for next generation of think tank leaders

This year, Atlas Network launched an international mentorship program pairing successful and innovative think tank veterans with some of the brightest and most promising young professionals in the worldwide freedom movement. “There’s so much local and institutional knowledge in our movement that it would be a huge missed opportunity not to take advantage of it. [...]


Warnings against price controls in Panama

Warnings against price controls in Panama

Last month, Juan Carlos Varela, of the center-right Panamenista Party (PP), won the presidential elections in Panama based on a promise of “an honest, humane government of national unity, a government of social peace.” Noting that Varela will take office on July 1, Atlas Network partner, Fundación Libertad, wrote an op-ed for La Prensa, one [...]


Deciphering Mexico’s budget mystery

Deciphering Mexico’s budget mystery

Public spending in Mexico remains shrouded in mystery. Public policy think tank Mexico Evalúa is trying to change that and bring more transparency to the process. In its most recent study, “Deciphering the Spending Mystery”, it found that in the last eight years, spending exceeded what was approved by the budget by 8.3 percent or [...]