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, [...]
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.
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, [...]
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. Atlas Network partner Institute for Market Economics in Bulgaria recently released a forecast report estimating social and economic impacts for various production scenarios. The most [...]
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. To advance an alternative solution to government intervention, Atlas Network [...]
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 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 [...]
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. Samriddhi researcher Surath Giri explained in República – one of Nepal’s top media outlets – that students in [...]
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!”.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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”. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.