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WORLDWIDE FREEDOM
MOVEMENT

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more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the
ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

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RIDE-SHARING BRINGS NEW TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS TO LOW-INCOME NEW YORKERS

One of the most common effects of occupational regulations is to protect established industries from competition, by making it more difficult — or, sometimes, impossible — for new entrants to enter the market and serve customers more efficiently, at lower prices. That has long been the case in the taxicab industry throughout the...

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FREEDOM SPEECH CONTEST FOR NORTH KOREAN DEFECTORS

It’s difficult to imagine the life experience of those who have lived in the totalitarian regime of North Korea and managed to escape, or the cultural adjustments they need to make once they begin life in a relatively free society. Atlas Network partner Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) is dedicated to helping North Korean refu...

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MONETARY DISCIPLINE RETURNS TO THE POLICY HORIZON AT JACKSON HOLE SUMMIT

Money has become so far removed from public debate that everyday citizens seem to have forgotten the importance that the Federal Reserve plays in their lives and in their futures. That’s why, this past weekend down the road from where the Kansas City Fed held its yearly Economic Policy Symposium, Atlas Network partner the Americ...

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‘INDIA AWAKES’ EXPLAINS A COUNTRY’S RISE FROM POVERTY TO PROSPERITY

What makes the difference between poverty and prosperity? For individuals and families, there could be an endless number of variables, such as health, intelligence, education, initiative, perseverance, community, or opportunity. At least some circumstances vary widely in every case. When almost an entire society begins to rise f...

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NEW TEXTBOOK PROVIDES ECONOMIC LITERACY TO LITHUANIAN STUDENTS

It’s important to instill an understanding of economic reasoning and principles at an early age, so that young people don’t fall prey to fallacies and the wishful thinking of most public policy proposals. Atlas Network partner the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI) has produced a new textbook, Economics in 31 Hours, which a...

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MONETARY MANIPULATION WON’T BRING ABOUT STABILITY

As the world carefully watches the markets after a large decline in the stock market, a group of central bankers is meeting in Wyoming to decide what sort of monetary manipulation should be enacted next. Another group is also gathered in Wyoming this week, including the likes of Judy Shelton, co-director of Atlas Network’s Sound...

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TURKEY’S COMPLICATED STRUGGLE FOR A BETTER DEMOCRACY

Turkey had its general elections on June 7. No party garnered sufficient seats in the parliament to set up a single-party government. The Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has been in power for the last 13 years, lost its majority. After the election, Turkey faced two options: Either to set up a coalition government of...

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MEASURING AND REDUCING INDIA’S COST OF DOING BUSINESS

The best entrepreneurial ideas are all pointless if an impenetrable bureaucracy stands in the way of bringing those ideas to market. Minimizing the regulatory cost of doing business is one of the most crucial steps on the road to a thriving economy, enabling people to meet each other’s needs and create new value through market t...

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UPHOLDING LOCAL PROPERTY RIGHTS TO SUSTAIN INDONESIAN FORESTS

When resources are located on public commons, they become subject to a perverse incentive structure that can lead to consistent depletion over time. Governments often pass laws with the intention of reining in overconsumption of resources extracted from public land, but government officials at the national level lack the proper...

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THE DIGITALIZATION OF ‘THE MYSTERY OF CAPITAL’

Property rights are often insecure in developing nations. Entrepreneurs need a reliable rule of law to make business plans, but legal title to land and other resources may be unavailable to them in many nations. An initiative called “The Blockchain, Bitcoin and Property Rights Project” from Peruvian Atlas Network partner Institu...

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ALA GRAD REACHES NEXT GENERATION OF CANADIAN STUDENTS

From its founding, Canada has had a rich tradition of classical liberal principles at its core, which is why Atlas Network partner the Institute for Liberal Studies (ILS) founded Freedom Week, a five-day seminar for students to explore the ideas of liberty through lectures and discussions with professors from leading universitie...

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INTERNATIONAL MONETARY SANITY WOULD COMBAT CURRENCY DEBASEMENT

When China’s central bank devalued its currency last week, it effectively flooded international markets with artificial price signals that are based on manipulation rather than on production efficiency or quality. This type of arbitrary government discretion over the value of money is symptomatic of a larger flaw in worldwide mo...

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AUGUST IS THE TIME FOR MICHIGAN TEACHERS TO EXERCISE RIGHT TO WORK

Following the passage of Michigan’s adoption of right-to-work law in 2012, unions were quick to subvert the law’s intent by making it a difficult task for workers to opt out of collective bargaining. The Michigan Education Association (MEA) was one such union, taking great efforts to ensure that teachers would not opt out, most...

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DEMANDING TRANSPARENCY FOR AUSTRALIA’S POLITICAL TRAVEL EXPENDITURES

Taxpayers deserve some measure of transparency and accountability in knowing how their funds are being spent, and whether these expenditures advance the betterment of society. In the wake of multiple “travel scandals,” in which Australian government officials relied on taxpayer money to fund extravagant and unnecessary travel ex...

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IDAHO PASSES LANDMARK OPEN MEETINGS LAW

When government negotiates behind closed doors, outside public scrutiny, taxpayers are at risk. Atlas Network partner the Idaho Freedom Foundation (IFF) has been pushing for years to bring sunlight to public-sector collective bargaining in the state, and a new law that took effect in July may make Idaho’s open meetings law the “...

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SUCCESS LIBERALIZING LABOR LAWS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

When government regulation creates artificial barriers to hiring and firing employees, markets stagnate and job opportunities disappear — hurting the very labor force that such regulations are ostensibly intended to protect. That’s why Atlas Network partner Multi (Udruzenje Gradana), a think tank in Bosnia and Herzegovina, waged...

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JOIN ATLAS NETWORK AT LIBERTY FORUM & FREEDOM DINNER 2015

The work for freedom and prosperity is never finished, and hundreds of Atlas Network partner organizations are working every day to bring individual liberty, free markets, and peace to their corners of the globe. They are the faces of freedom around the world, and each year Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner celebrat...

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RAILWAYS WOULD BENEFIT FROM COMPETITION, UK AGENCY ADMITS

Market competition brings lower costs, better quality, greater efficiency, and consumer satisfaction. This is no less true of railways than other goods and services, but government agencies often suppresses rail competition. A new paper from the United Kingdom’s Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) acknowledges points that Atla...

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LIBERTY MOVEMENT EXPLODING AMONG BRAZILIAN STUDENTS

The liberty movement is exploding in Brazil, especially among young students who are passionate about the ideas of freedom, individual rights, and peace. Atlas Network partner Estudantes Pela Liberdade (EPL) has seen a consistent and significant increase in participants in its coordinators program, in which EPL train students in...

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