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more than 400 free-market organizations in over 80 countries to the
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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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EXPLORING MARKET SOLUTIONS FOR SOUTH AFRICA’S ENERGY CRISIS

Reliable energy is a crucial factor in thriving economies, but South Africa’s state-owned power utility, Eskom, has had a chronic inability to meet demand for electricity. Its 2015 reintroduction of rolling blackouts, known as “load shedding,” has both large and small businesses feeling the pinch of the stalled market activity t...

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INDONESIAN MIGRANT WORKERS DESERVE LIBERTY, PROSPERITY

The human struggle for prosperity is universal, but the details differ dramatically between people and countries. Some live where the freedom to pursue prosperity is guaranteed as a basic individual right, and these people are fortunate to pursue their prosperity and happiness with access to robust markets and fewer government-e...

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THE FREE-MARKET TRAVELER: LONDON’S THINK TANKS TO FOLLOW

London is a historic and vibrant city that has been repeatedly ranked as one of the world’s top destinations for both business and leisure travel. It was the top-ranked international travel destination for the fifth time in seven years, hosting 18.82 million visitors, according to the 2015 MasterCard Global Destinations Cities I...

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A BATTLE OF ECONOMIC POLICY MODELS: TEXAS VS. CALIFORNIA

When it comes to economic growth and prosperity, institutional incentives and interventionist policy make all the difference. In the United States, a fairly direct comparison can be made between large states like Texas and California, which each have similar demographic profiles but vastly different policy structures at the leve...

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FUNDING POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION FOR PRO-FREEDOM STUDENTS

Higher education plays a vital role in advancing the ideas of a free society, especially in an era when much of academia is blanketed with a left-wing progressive bias. Students who love liberty and free markets don’t always have the resources to fund high-quality postgraduate programs, so Atlas Network partner the Adam Smith In...

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FIGHTING FOR FREE BEER IN CANADA

Canada had a long history of free trade between provinces until prohibitionists changed that nearly 100 years ago for many goods — including beer. The Canadian Constitution contains a provision specifying that goods shall “be admitted free into each of the other Provinces,” but New Brunswick’s Liquor Control Act still prevents C...

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NEW BOOK EXPOSES LEFT-WING BIAS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Today’s college students know all too well the rampant progressive bias that blanket college and university campuses around the country. This bias, presented as fact in many classrooms, often manifests as politically correct speech codes, “trigger warnings” and “safe zones,” together aiming to stifle dissent and alternative view...

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MILTON FRIEDMAN TRIVIA NIGHT AT ATLAS NETWORK

Where was Milton Friedman born? What was his undergraduate major? What economic equation was written on his license plate? Explore these and many other fascinating questions at Atlas Network’s annual Milton Friedman Trivia Night on Thursday, July 30, to honor the birthday of the renowned Nobel laureate economist, statistician, a...

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IEA BOOK TRACES HISTORY, DEVELOPMENT OF CLASSICAL LIBERAL THOUGHT

The modern traditions of free markets, limited government, the rule of law, and peace can be laid squarely at the feet of classical liberal thinkers dating back to the 17th century — and perhaps earlier. U.K.-based Atlas Network partner the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has published a brand-new book explaining the history...

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CULTIVATING NEXT GENERATION OF ASIAN, AFRICAN POLICY LEADERS IN INDIA

Making an impact in public policy requires learning rigorous research methods and best practices in publishing policy papers. At the recent CPPR-Atlas Policy School 2015, participants spent 14 days of intensive training in which they were challenged to develop their research agenda, conduct field research, draft policy papers, a...

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MEASURING AND COMBATING VIOLENT CRIME IN URUGUAY

Violent crime is a terrifying violation of person and property, with devastating effects that ripple throughout the lives of the victims. The aftermath isn’t confined to the direct targets of criminal activity, though, or their family and friends. It also spreads throughout the local economy, making it more difficult and costly...

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M-PESA LOWERS TRANSACTION COSTS, SPARKS ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN KENYA

As President Barack Obama heads to Nairobi for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit this week, much of the reporting has focused on the significance of Obama returning to his father's homeland. This misses the truly exciting news — the way in which free markets and free enterprise are improving the lives of millions of Africans. A...

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