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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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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUR RESPONSIBILITY IS STOLEN FROM YOU?

It’s not so hard to talk about having one’s freedom taken away. “You’re under arrest” means you’re not free to go. Prisoners have had their freedom taken. When that’s done unjustly, we speak of freedom being “stolen,” because rightfully it should be yours to enjoy. But can your responsibility be stolen from you?

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IS LIBERTY AN ASIAN VALUE?

A frequent challenge raised against classical liberalism is that it is not suitable for Asian people or Asian countries, because of “Asian values” that are allegedly unique to Asian countries. Is Asian liberty different from European or American or African Liberty? Or, if liberty is being used in the same way in those regions, i...

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EXPOSING RECKLESS PUBLIC SPENDING IN GHANA

Taxpayers hope that the money government expropriates from them will actually be devoted to useful public goods and services, but too often those resources are wasted by corrupt officials and inefficient programs. In Ghana, for instance, failure to follow debt management regulations has led to more than GHS 3.93 billion (USD 1.0...

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MONITORING CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM IN MEXICO

Mexico began a new era of criminal justice reforms in 2008, but despite the progress of the past eight years the country is still struggling to provide a consistent rule of law. For the last three years, Atlas Network partner organization the Center of Research for Development (CIDAC) has been spearheading the Proyecto Justicia...

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AFGHANI INTERN BUILDS INSPIRATIONAL LIFE FROM TRAGIC BACKGROUND

The international nature of Atlas Network’s work is reflected not only in its array of independent worldwide partner organizations, but also in the diversity of its staff and interns. This summer’s Atlas Network interns came from Argentina, Australia, and the United States — as well as Afghanistan, home of the inspirational Naji...

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DO THEIR PASSIONS FORGE THEIR FETTERS?

The great British political thinker and politician Edmund Burke is frequently called a conservative, although he did not use the term for himself, preferring the term “Whig” — and “Old Whig,” at that. Those who call him a conservative often think of him as favoring a state that will use its coercive powers to control human being...

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‘BREXIT’ A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR FREE MARKETS, LIMITED GOVERNMENT

The United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, known as the “Brexit,” has been controversial in nearly every quarter. Now that the decision has been made, however, the question becomes how to implement the withdrawal in a way that maximizes the benefits of political independence while minimizing potential drawbacks like...

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THE SUPPLY AND DEMAND FOR STATE CONTROL

Supply and demand analysis isn’t limited to consumer goods. There is also a supply and a demand for government. Noted economists have focused much attention on the supply of state control, with a focus on the willingness of politicians to get into power and stay there, and of bureaucrats to maximize their budgets. Some attention...

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‘DEAR LEADER’ AUTHOR COMMENDS TEACH NORTH KOREAN REFUGEES

When refugees manage to escape from the totalitarian confines of North Korea, they have a tremendous learning curve as they adapt to the much freer outside world. Atlas Network partner Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR) has consistently earned accolades for its work empowering North Korean refugees with English lessons and skill...

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ILLINOIS LAWMAKERS RECEIVE STAGGERING BENEFITS FROM TAXPAYERS

The total cost for the Illinois legislature is staggering — an estimated $32 million per year, according to a recent study from Atlas Network partner the Illinois Policy Institute. “The Cost of Illinois’ Lawmakers” examines salaries, health care, dental plans, pensions, per diem disbursements, and mileage reimbursements for Illi...

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MEASURING SIZE OF GOVERNMENT JURISDICTIONS IN BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

An advantage of federalist government systems is that they allow their smaller jurisdictions latitude to experiment with different policies and procedures, so that best practices can arise and spread. A new index from the Center for the Advancement of Free Enterprise (CAFE), an Atlas Network partner in Bosnia and Herzegovina, co...

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DOCUMENTING PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES WITH DRONE TECHNOLOGY

There are 24 million land parcels in the Philippines, and only half of them are titled. People without clearly defined property rights can’t make prudent long-range economic plans, so the Foundation for Economic Freedom, Inc., an Atlas Network partner based in the Philippines, has worked to document Filipino citizens’ property c...

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WHY ECUADOR’S ECONOMIC FUTURE DEPENDS ON RETAINING DOLLARIZATION

Having access to a stable currency is crucial in order for people to make prudent financial and economic decisions, and stable monetary policy directly contributes to a country’s standing in the world’s economy. Throughout its 26-year history, Atlas Network partner Instituto Ecuatoriano de Económia Política (IEEP) has argued fo...

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EXPOSING CORPORATE ‘WELFARE BUMS’ IN NEW ZEALAND

Corporate welfare is an enormous barrier to entry for entrepreneurs who have innovative and competitive new ideas, but don’t have the same political clout as established businesses. The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union (NZTU) has called for an end to corporate welfare for years, and its recent study, “Welfare Bums: Adding up the cos...

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REFORMING DESTRUCTIVE, ARBITRARY TAX CODE IN HONDURAS

A clearly defined and widely respected rule of law is necessary to eliminate the arbitrary exercise and abuse of executive and administrative power. Atlas Network partner Fundación Eléutera has launched a campaign for tax code reform in an effort to reinforce the rule of law and to protect merchants and taxpayers in Honduras.

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AUSTRALIAN ORGANIZATION EXPLAINS INDEPENDENT ROLE OF THINK TANKS

People sometimes perceive think tanks as mouthpieces for corporations or interest groups, created only to further an agenda through biased information. This view misses the point entirely, and misrepresents both the nature and the purpose of independent think tanks. “The Role of Think Tanks: A Reply to the Critics,” a recent pap...

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HOW FEE.ORG HAS CHANGED

With 1 million readers per month, and a dramatically increased publication schedule, many people have noticed that this is clearly a new FEE.org. We think of it as an expanded implementation of the original purpose of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which was not founded as a policy shop or a house for pure academic...

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LAND ACCESS REFORM WOULD TRANSFORM EGYPT INTO PARTICIPATORY ECONOMY

The right to own property is one of the foundational principles of modern democracy and society, but more than 90 percent of the land in Egypt today is owned by the government — and the lack of options for private land registration has pushed more than 60 percent of the Egyptian economy into informal markets and slums. A recent...

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ECONOMIC FREEDOM ENABLES SUCCESS AFTER PRISON

Each year, 30,000 people leave Illinois prisons after completing their sentences. They’ve made mistakes and served their time. But now, the biggest challenge they face will be getting back on their feet and staying out of crime.

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NEW ECONOMIC SCHOOL CREATES AN OASIS OF FREE INQUIRY IN CAUCASUS REGION

It’s easy for Westerners to take it for granted that they’ll always have access to peaceful, safe forums in which to discuss ideas — but some regions of the world are more hostile to free and open intellectual discussions. That’s why events like the IX International Summer School on Liberty, Law, and Economics in Bakuriani, Geor...

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