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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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IEA CELEBRATES 60 YEARS FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM

Atlas Network founder Antony Fisher began his work in changing the climate of ideas 60 years ago, when he founded the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) in England. In the ensuing decades, the IEA laid the intellectual groundwork that made fundamental free-market reforms possible in the United Kingdom during the Thatcher revolu...

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THREE KEY TRENDS IN THE BATTLE FOR FREEDOM IN INDIA

Parth Shah, founding president of Atlas Network partner the Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in New Delhi, shared with the Atlas Network team a sneak peek into his upcoming Trendsetters NYC talk about eliminating threats to freedom in India. CCS advances social change in India through public policy, and its work in education, live...

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ACTON INSTITUTE COMMENTS ON POPE’S ENVIRONMENTAL ENCYCLICAL

In June, Pope Francis addressed ecological issues through an encyclical — a letter to leaders throughout the Roman Catholic Church that comments on doctrinal issues. Atlas Network partner the Acton Institute addressed the document with contributions from several authors, including the institute’s president, Rev. Robert Sirico, w...

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UNDERSTANDING THE GREEK CRISIS

As I write these lines, it is almost certain that Greece will default on its debt today, June 30. What led to such a disastrous situation? To understand, we must look back in time to the events leading up to and surrounding today’s expected default.

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CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN FOR LOW-COST COMMUNITY SCHOOLS IN INDONESIA

In much of the world, child labor is still the norm rather than a rare exception, so children in developing nations have far fewer opportunities to gain an education that would allow them to pursue a better life. A new crowdfunding campaign to support the development of low-cost community schools aims to help solve this problem...

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DIVIDED GOVERNMENT IN TURKEY MAY PREVENT AUTHORITARIAN HEGEMONY

Turkey’s general elections on June 7 opened a new chapter in the nation’s democratic history. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time since first gaining power in 2002. This has not only opened a new era of possible coalition governments, it also marks a major step backwa...

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HOW THE WORLD IS CHANGING THINK TANKS

I want to take the occasion of Fisher’s 100th birthday to reflect on how the think tank industry has changed since Antony’s passing just over a quarter century ago. In particular, I want to call attention to some of the challenges that merit debate and discussion among our community of leaders connected to Atlas Network, so we c...

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LINDA WHETSTONE ON THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF ANTONY FISHER

Atlas Network founder Antony Fisher spent his life dedicated to changing the world by building institutions that helped change the climate of ideas. On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), the organization created this video remembering Fisher's legacy and his commi...

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THE FUTURE OF FREEDOM IN AFRICA

German philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that there were three themes worthy of the philosophical enterprise: God, the immortality of the human soul, and the meaning of human freedom. While human civilized order has wrestled with each of these themes, the role, extent, and definition of human freedom is central to modern society....

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RECLAIMING CLASSICAL LIBERALISM THROUGH THE REALM OF IDEAS

By founding institutions like the Institute of Economic Affairs, the Fraser Institute, and Atlas Network, Antony Fisher understood that reclaiming the classical liberal tradition had to start in the realm of ideas. The way in which ideas influenced the broader culture, including politics, was at the forefront of Hayek’s concerns...

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ANTONY FISHER AND THE INFLUENCE OF INTELLECTUALS ON MODERN SOCIETY

In 1945, after serving as a pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II, Antony Fisher read a condensed version of Nobel laureate economist Friedrich A. Hayek’s The Road to Serfdom in Reader’s Digest. Alarmed at the rise of socialism in Britain, Fisher considered a career in politics, but Hayek dissuaded him, arguing instea...

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JCCF FIGHTS FOR RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF ASSOCIATION IN CANADA

Freedom of association makes civil society possible, by allowing people with diverse backgrounds, interests, and beliefs to live in proximity to each other, tolerating each other’s differences even amid disagreement. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF), an Atlas Network partner based in Canada, is currently wor...

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CHINA’S REFORM REQUIRES A GLOBAL CLIMATE OF IDEAS

In developing countries, and especially in those with limited outlets for differing opinions, independent voices are of vital importance. Although such voices face numerous difficulties, they can make a tangible difference. In the decades since China’s market reform and opening to global trade, the Unirule Institute of Economics...

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VICTORY FOR PUBLIC RECORDS TRANSPARENCY IN HAWAII

Government transparency at every level is critical in building and maintaining a free society, but for the past few years, the Native Hawaiian Roll Commission has refused to release to the public a copy of its controversial Native Hawaiian Roll (Kana’iolowalu), a voter list in which many native Hawaiians refused to participate....

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ANTONY FISHER: ENTREPRENEUR FOR LIBERTY

In the book of Ecclesiasticus it is recorded: “Let us now praise famous men, and our fathers that begat us.” Sometimes, though, it is equally appropriate to praise those who are not famous yet deserve to be. Such is the case with the founder of the Atlas Network.

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IDEAS HAVE CONSEQUENCES: THE CASE OF DOLLARIZATION IN ECUADOR

Ecuador’s dollarization provides a good example for tracing how ideas become implemented in public policy. It takes time, effort, and dedication. One of the most relevant contributions of the Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economia Politica (IEEP) in its 25-year history of promoting the ideas of freedom was the role it played in the d...

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SOUTH AFRICAN ALA GRAD HELPS BOOST ENTREPRENEURSHIP

The real driving force in any successful economy is the active participation of entrepreneurs, who identify new and innovative ways to meet market demands and serve consumers. When government regulators erect innumerable hurdles for those entrepreneurs to surmount before they are legally allowed do business, however, many of the...

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BRINGING SCHOOL CHOICE REFORM TO SERBIA

Elementary school students in Serbia lag significantly behind their peers in neighboring countries — with the gap reaching up to two school years of primary education, according to PISA tests. Serbian Atlas Network partner Libertarian Club Libek recently discussed its study of the efficiency of elementary education system in Ser...

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CEI PRESENTS JULIAN SIMON AWARD TO NOBEL LAUREATE DR. VERNON L. SMITH

The renowned economist Julian Simon is best known for applying the tools of his discipline to the intersection of human civilization and the natural world, observing that free markets and strong property rights create an abundance of resources rather than depleting them — and that the more people there are, the more societal pro...

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CHANGING THE WORLD BY CHANGING IDEAS

He was a war hero, a business and intellectual entrepreneur, and he helped end the Cold War — but he was so unassuming that you’ve probably never heard of him. The late Sir Antony Fisher, who was knighted by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth just a year before his death in 1988 for his work in spreading the message of freedom across the...

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MAGNA CARTA AND THE HUMAN BIRTHRIGHT TO LIBERTY

Magna Carta is celebrating its 800th birthday. This great event is significant not only for the English, or even the English-speaking nations, but for all of humanity. On this occasion, it is worth remembering some important facts about the “Great Charter of Liberties.”

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NEW GILDER BOOK MAKES STRONG CASE FOR SOUND MONEY

For more than a century, the U.S. Federal Reserve has manipulated the money supply, ostensibly with the goal of steering the economy away from extreme booms and busts. In practice, however, central banks exacerbate the very problems they purport to fix, spurring the misallocation of capital in the wrong sectors of the economy, i...

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CAN ENTREPRENEURS SAVE SOUTH AFRICA?

For the 20 years after the end of apartheid in 1994, South Africa coasted on goodwill and modest economic growth. For decades, it had been Africa’s most wealthy and developed country, and with the shackles of the despised apartheid regime lifted, South Africa seemed destined for great things. The past decade, however, has given...

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