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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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WHY A SUGAR TAX WON’T END OBESITY

In order to clarify false information recently made by campaigners for a new sugar tax in New Zealand, Atlas Network partner the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has released a report aimed at correcting these claims. Titled “Fizzed Out: Why a Sugar Tax Won’t Curb Obesity,” the report takes a detailed look at the purported effective...

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ARGENTINIAN CRASH COURSES IN LIBERTY

In terms of economic freedom, does Argentina belong to the same authoritarian category as countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, and North Korea? What does Argentina need to become as prosperous once again as it was in the past? The answer is more economic freedom, not more regulations, explains “For the Love of...

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SOUND MONEY PROJECT PANEL EXPLORES MORALITY OF MONETARY POLICY

Monetary policies that effectively rob hardworking citizens of wealth and potential prospects are not only economically unsound, but also immoral, according to a panel discussion hosted by Atlas Network’s Sound Money Project on Monday at the Penn Club of New York City. In a discussion titled “Cronyism and the Morality of Sound M...

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NEW VIDEO SERIES COMICALLY PERSONIFIES GOVERNMENT INTRUSION

Opening the eyes of ordinary citizens to the government’s increasingly prying presence in their lives, especially young people, requires a fresh approach. Using innovative techniques to explain the extensive drawbacks of intrusive government power has a better chance of raising awareness in a way that draws in those who might no...

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CTF EXPOSES GOVERNMENT WASTE, DEFEATS CANADIAN TRANSLINK TAX

When new taxes, however small, are proposed, the public is often left unaware and about what the true costs of such taxes can be. When a notoriously wasteful Canadian government agency, TransLink, proposed a 0.5 percent sales tax on transportation to “reduce traffic” for the Lower Mainland, the No TransLink Tax campaign and Atla...

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‘THE CONSERVATIVE HEART’ FINDS SOLUTIONS TO POVERTY IN SOUND ECONOMICS

The caricature of cold-hearted and stingy conservatives is common in partisan political discourse, but the track record of economics and public policy tells a much different story, according to Arthur Brooks, president of Atlas Network partner the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). Brooks has a new book, The Conservative Heart...

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2015 REASON MEDIA AWARDS CALL FOR ENTRIES

The ideas of liberty can only have an impact on the world if they’re communicated to others effectively, and the most compelling examples of effective communication about freedom are worthy of recognition, reward, and emulation. That’s why Atlas Network partner Reason Foundation sponsors the annual Reason Media Awards, currently...

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BRINGING PUBLIC CHOICE INSIGHTS TO MALAYSIA

Perhaps the most challenging problem in economics lies in how to devise and maintain institutions that facilitate good government. Australian economist Wolfgang Kasper addresses this challenge in “Governments Cannot Choose What is Good for Us,” an essay published by Atlas Network partner Southeast Asia Network for Development (S...

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BULGARIAN LIBERTARIANS AIM TO STOP COMPULSORY VOTING PROPOSAL

Freedom of conscience is a crucial form of liberty in any society, so the freedom to choose political leaders must always be accompanied by the freedom to abstain from voting. Bulgarians are preparing to vote in a referendum this October that will determine whether the country’s electoral system is overhauled, and Atlas Network...

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IEA ENCOURAGES TEACHING VARIETY OF ECONOMIC PARADIGMS

Economists seeking to shore up government power often have a tendency to present their own narrow views as sacrosanct — as though contrary perspectives in the profession didn’t even exist. That’s the primary takeaway from a letter to the Guardian in the United Kingdom that was signed by 79 economists, including Thomas Piketty, a...

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EDUCATION SAVINGS ACCOUNTS: THE FUTURE OF CHOICE IN EDUCATION

Several state governments in the United States have taken a bold step to give parents the ability to control their education by offering K–12 education savings accounts (ESAs). ESAs are flexible spending accounts that parents can use to purchase education services for their children, and a significant refinement of Milton Friedm...

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TRANSLATION OF COMMON SENSE ECONOMICS DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THAILAND

In order to make informed economic decisions, everybody needs a basic grounding in fundamental economic concepts. That’s why Atlas Network partner the Thailand Future Foundation (TFF) has translated the book Common Sense Economics: What Everyone Should Know about Wealth and Prosperity, by James Gwartney, Richard Stroup, and Dwig...

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NEW BOOK EXPLAINS IMPORTANCE OF MAGNA CARTA TO MODERN WORLD

When a group of English barons revolted against King John’s arbitrary power and oppressive taxation 800 years ago, their peace negotiations resulted in Magna Carta, a document that has served in the ensuing centuries as the inspiration for countless movements to restrict government power and protect the rights of individuals. A...

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‘I, WHISKEY’ FILM TO CELEBRATE SPONTANEOUS ORDER, HUMAN INGENUITY

I, Whiskey: The Spirit of the Market, a forthcoming short film from Atlas Network partner the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), will explain the power of human ingenuity, the “miracle” of the free market, and the combination of these forces that give way to enriching innovations and products that people want, need, and enj...

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RANKING U.S. STATES BY FISCAL CONDITION

Most U.S. state governments are nearly back to fiscal normalcy following the Great Recession of 2007–09, but there still exist troubling signs that states are ignoring the risks in unfunded programs, according to a new study from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. States that appear to be fiscally robust must take s...

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PAKISTAN’S ICH TELECOM FAILURE AND REFORM SUCCESS

Three years ago, Pakistan established the International Clearing House (ICH) to monitor incoming international calls and curtail illegal traffic. This essentially established a cartel of telecom operators raised costs for overseas calls into Pakistan, dramatically reduced voice traffic, and reduced customer choice for telecom se...

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ENVISIONING LAW WITHOUT THE STATE IN INDIA

In order to take the steps necessary to achieve a truly free society, it’s important to envision how that society would work in practice. One of the world’s foremost libertarian theorists, David D. Friedman, recently visited India for a series of lectures hosted by Atlas Network partner the Centre for Civil Society (CCS), along...

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SPREADING LEGAL TRANSPARENCY THROUGH TECHNOLOGY IN INDIA

When citizens lack an understanding of their basic rights and the laws that govern them, a less vigilant public will fail to hold government officials accountable for the abuse of those rights — and entire countries suffer the consequences. Atlas Network partner organization the Research Foundation for Governance (RFG) is an Ahm...

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