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Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of
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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NEW BOOK EXAMINES HOW REGULATION STIFLES ENTREPRENEURSHIP, GROWTH

True economic recovery after a crisis requires widespread investment in entrepreneurial ideas, undertaken by people who see an opportunity to satisfy the needs and wants of the people around them and who are willing to stake considerable time, effort, and resources in new productive enterprise. Increasingly, however, the U.S. ec...

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EDUCATING GHANA’S TEACHERS IN THE IDEAS OF LIBERTY

Throughout the world, it’s important to begin introducing children to the ideas of liberty while they’re young so they grow up with a fundamental sense of the societal value of individual rights, free markets, and peace. In order for this to happen, teachers need to have a thorough grounding in those ideas first. That’s why Ghan...

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ATLAS NETWORK REMEMBERS DR. JACK TEMPLETON AND HIS LEGACY OF FREEDOM

Atlas Network has had a long relationship with the John Templeton Foundation, which has sponsored the annual Templeton Freedom Award every year since 2004, honoring think tanks that have made an exceptional contribution to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and hu...

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NEW EBOOK DETAILS MARIO VARGAS LLOSA’S JOURNEY TO LIBERTY

Young people sometimes fall prey to the notion that authoritarian governments can solve societal problems, but age and experience often bring with them additional insights about public-sector incentives, institutional corruption, and the endemic failures of central planning. Peruvian Nobel laureate in literature Mario Vargas Llo...

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IRS DROPS SEIZURE CASE AFTER INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE INTERVENES

Officials of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) have often acted with impunity and, in one heartbreaking recent case, in contravention of the agency’s own policies. Lyndon McLellan, the owner of a convenience store in rural North Carolina had $107,000 seized from his bank account in December because IRS officials suspected him m...

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TRAINING MALAWI PRISONERS IN MARKETS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP

People who have served time in prison, whether justly or not, can have an extraordinarily difficult time assimilating into society upon their release. Employment opportunities tend to be scarce for former convicts, and time spent behind bars is time that often can’t be devoted to developing new skills and entrepreneurial ideas t...

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RENOWNED SCHOLAR CHARLES MURRAY NAMED TEMPLETON LEADERSHIP FELLOW

Atlas Network is pleased to welcome Charles Murray as its next Templeton Leadership Fellow. In this capacity, Murray will serve as the keynote speaker at Atlas Network’s gala 2015 Freedom Dinner and play key roles in other events and communications efforts. The renowned scholar’s latest book, By the People (2015), suggests a cit...

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FEDERAL RESERVE POLICY STALLS AMERICA’S ECONOMIC ENGINE

The monetary policies set by the Federal Reserve have far-reaching implications for market activity throughout the economy, and the zero-interest-rate policy that the Fed has pursued during the years since the recession has brought a wide array of negative unintended consequences to bear. In an analysis for The Hill, Atlas Netwo...

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WHY SOCIALISM’S CENTRAL PLANNING INEVITABLY FAILS

State socialism was one of the dominant government forces of the 20th century, and although the world is not completely rid of it yet, the late 1980s and early 1990s brought a dramatic and sudden change with the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Tom G. Palmer, Atlas Network’s executive...

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DOCUMENTARY EXPLAINS HOW INNOVATION BRINGS ENERGY TO DEVELOPING NATIONS

The standard of living in developing countries is increasingly on the rise, and communities that have long been without electricity and related sources of fuel beginning to be connected. A new documentary, Power to the People, produced by Atlas Network partner Free to Choose Media and hosted by author Johan Norberg — who deliver...

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REMEMBERING BORUT PRAH, SLOVENIAN CHAMPION OF LIBERTY

Borut Prah of Slovenia was a dear friend of Atlas Network and a member of Atlas Network’s Advisory Council. Prah passed away May 5, 2015. Atlas Network’s president, Dr. Alex Chafuen, met Prah almost 30 years ago through Atlas Network founder Antony Fisher, and they shared many passions: tennis, wine, simple Mediterranean food, c...

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FOSTERING LIBERTY AND FREE MARKETS IN CAMBODIA

The ideas of liberty are most crucial in the places where people have been most oppressed. Cambodia was home to one of the most brutal 20th century totalitarian regimes, the Khmer Rouge, which killed an estimated 21 percent of the population — 1.7 million lives — in the space of only four years. Some of the perpetrators were bro...

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SERVING LOW-INCOME CHILDREN WITH AUTISM IN MALAYSIA

In Malaysia, an average of one out of every 600 children is autistic, and although the wealthy can avail themselves of private facilities to help meet their children’s needs, the poor have few reliable options. This makes it difficult for parents with autistic children to work, save money, and build a better life for their famil...

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VLADIMIR PUTIN, ANTI-AMERICANISM, AND RUSSIAN AUTHORITARIANISM

It is abundantly clear by now that the optimistic expectations nurtured by the collapse of the Soviet Union have not been realized. There were high hopes at the time, not only about post-communist Russia becoming a democratic society, but more generally about political democracy sweeping the whole world. We were about to enter w...

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SIR ANTONY FISHER: THE BATTLE OF IDEAS FOR FREEDOM

2015 marks the would-be 100th birthday of Sir Antony Fisher. This video is the story of Fisher's legacy, including what led him to start Atlas Network. It includes some rare footage and photos and short interviews from Atlas Network’s current CEO, Brad Lips, and Atlas Network’s current president, Alex Chafuen — who worked with F...

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THREE KEY TRENDS IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM IN MEXICO

Armando Regil, founder and president of Mexico City-based IPEA (Agora Institute for Strategic Thinking) shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peak into his upcoming talks in Boston and New York City about neutralizing threats to freedom in Mexico. His organization’s main focus is to bring about change in Mexico, and right n...

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HOW GREECE CAN ESCAPE FROM ECONOMIC CRISIS

Economic conditions in Greece have been on a steady downward slide since the nation’s economic crisis began in 2009. The GDP has dropped by more than 22 percent and more than half of the youth are unemployed, leaving many without hope. Although politicians have proposed numerous short-term fixes, too little attention has been gi...

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NEW TAX CALCULATOR LAUNCHED IN POLAND

One of the most important reasons that Atlas Network brings together partner organizations from across the globe is so that the best ideas conceived, formulated, and implemented by each of them can be replicated elsewhere — allowing everybody to build on each other’s strengths and success. The latest project to follow this model...

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SOCIALISM DESTROYS SOCIAL HERITAGE IN VENEZUELA

An unstable mix of socialism and populism has spent years steering Venezuela’s economy into a spiral of stagnation and deterioration, and has lately brought about a new level of crippling economic crisis. Venezuela is in the grips of rapidly rising inflation, rationing, price controls, and even predictable shortages for basic ne...

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THE HIGH PRICE OF RIO DE JANEIRO’S OLYMPIC GLORY

Rio de Janeiro will be hosting the XXXI Olympic Summer Games in August 2016, the second major sporting event hosted by Brazil in only two years. All numbers related to the event are massive: Although only 32 countries took part in the 2014 World Cup, 205 countries are expected to send more than 10,000 athletes to the Olympics. T...

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SAVE THE DATE: LIBERTY FORUM & FREEDOM DINNER 2015

Join Atlas Network for the worldwide freedom movement’s most inspirational event of the year. On Nov. 11-12 in New York City, Liberty Forum and Freedom Dinner 2015 will bring together liberty’s most inspirational leaders who are strengthening the worldwide freedom movement.

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ATLANTIS RISING: WHY FLOATING CITIES ARE THE NEXT FRONTIER

Anyone who knows basic biology knows the value of natural selection — a species either adapts to their changing environment or dies off. In some ways, this process also applies to governments, but millions of people can still be chained to a failing state with no exit options. This is what the Seasteading Institute, an Atlas Net...

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LIBERALIZED MIGRATION, LABOR POLICIES WOULD BOLSTER EUROPEAN ECONOMIES

Europe is in the middle of a severe immigration crisis, with waves of migrants washing up on Mediterranean shores from North Africa. Migrants arrive in shoddy boats, filled to the brim with desperate people looking for a safe haven and a better life. Many of them are refugees escaping turmoil in the Middle East, particularly Syr...

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DREAMING OF POLITICAL LEGITIMACY IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA

“Even if China is covered with graves, we must kill all Japanese.” In 2012 a protester emblazoned these words on a sign contesting Tokyo’s claims to the disputed Senkaku or Diaoyutai islands in the East China Sea. Angry demonstrations roiled a number of major Chinese cities in the months that followed. Mobs destroyed Japanese bu...

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REALIZING THE WORLDWIDE VISION OF ANTONY FISHER

The key to achieving a free society is, first and foremost, to change the climate of ideas. That’s the lesson that Atlas Network founder Sir Antony Fisher drew from Nobel laureate economist Friedrich Hayek before he abandoned his electoral ambitions to begin work founding and supporting think tanks that would assemble the analyt...

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BOOM, BUST, REPEAT

In a monetary regime of sound money — as opposed to our present discretionary fiat monetary arrangements — the boom and bust of the U.S. housing industry during 2002-09 could not have happened. The damage done to the national economy by the bursting housing bubble can be understood only in the context of the government’s role in...

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SOUND MONEY FELLOW NAMED CHIEF ECONOMIST OF SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE

The free-market think tank community generally relies on two broad strategies to achieve a free society. First, they focus on spreading the ideas of liberty and building the cultural foundations of freedom. Second, they do the heavy lifting of policy analysis, studying the actual effects of government policies and suggesting ref...

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The Atlas Network newsletter features the top 10 happenings
around the world in the global freedom movement showcasing
the work of Atlas Network partners.