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Get a global perspective on the liberty movement from discussions with incredible people who are changing lives by strengthening their communities, empowering individuals, and championing the cause of freedom.
4 days ago
Pursuing the West Virginia Miracle | Garrett Ballengee
Garrett Ballengee was the first employee of the Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy, a state-based think tank working to reverse decades of poor outcomes with the state's education system, liberalize labor markets to allow workers to thrive, and much more. Hear how a small but tough team has punched above their weight to deliver hope for West Virginia's families.
Apr 20, 2021
Revolutionizing Your Grassroots Organizing | Harry Fone
The TaxPayers' Alliance developed a new tool to engage in the political process. Harry Fone, Grassroots Campaign Manager at the Taxpayers' Alliance, who helped create the tool, joins host Vale Sloane on this episode of AtlasNexus.
Apr 6, 2021
Restoring the rights of 6 million Ukrainians | Dmytro Lyvch
Dmytro Lyvch is project manager & head of analytics at EasyBusiness, a leading public policy advisory organization that works to build a better business-enabling climate in Ukraine. The free-market think tank grew out of work being done by advisors to the Economy Minister to use deregulation as a tool to stamp out corruption in the country in 2014, and its impact has gradually grown as it works to liberalize the economy since Ukraine's Revolution of Dignity.
Mar 23, 2021
Charting the Path to Economic Recovery | Kendall Cotton
The Frontier Institute was founded in 2020 and is already reshaping the* *economic landscape in Montana. Through their Montana Recovery Agenda, FI is working with the newly elected governor to ensure overregulation doesn’t stifle a strong economic recovery.
Mar 9, 2021
Can the foundations of a free society withstand COVID-19? | Dr. Eamonn Butler
In his book, Foundations of a Free Society, Dr. Eamonn Butler, director of the Adam Smith Institute in London, lays out the economic and moral case for small government, rule of law, strong private property rights, and free trade. How might these bedrock principles be realized as the world emerges from an international pandemic?
Feb 23, 2021
Classical liberalism and democracies | Nils Karlson
Nils Karlson, founding president and CEO of the Ratio Institute in Sweden discusses the need for classical liberal reform in most developed democracies and welfare states while tying in his new book Statecraft and Liberal Reform in Advanced Democracies.
Feb 9, 2021
Reducing poverty in America | Matt Warner and Evan Feinberg
Atlas Network's president Matt Warner sits down with Stand Together’s executive director, Evan Feinberg, to discuss the failures of the status quo, top-down remedies to poverty in the United States, and highlights the disconnect between philanthropy and poverty.
Feb 2, 2021
How to escape global cynicism | Dr. Marian Tupy
From increased life expectancy to better food trends, data proves that human flourishing is increasing worldwide. Listen to Dr. Marian Tupy, editor of HumanProgress.org, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, co‐author of The Simon Project, and co-author of Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You Will Find Interesting share how his work helps readers tune out cynicism and view world events with a more optimistic outlook.
Jan 20, 2021
Inauguration Day in the U.S.: The difference between rule of law and rule by law | Tom Palmer
In light of Inauguration Day in the United States, Atlas Network's Tom Palmer discusses core values of classical liberalism.
Jan 12, 2021
Bringing prosperity back to Greece—with Alexander Skouras
National lockdowns and protectionist policies in Greece have stripped millions of their civil liberties and forced many back into poverty. Alex Skouras, President of KEFiM in Greece, tells of KEFiM's "Greece 2021—Agenda for Freedom and Prosperity", the most ambitious initiative of KEFiM to date which is focused around helping the Greeks prosper once again.
Jan 4, 2021
The Role and Future of Women in the liberty movement—Part 2 with Casey Pifer, Aneetha Warusavitarana, Felippa Amanta, and Linda Kavuka Kiguhi
Casey Pifer, Director of Institute Relations at Atlas Network, hosts part two of Atlas Network's two-part series on the role and future of women in the liberty movement. Casey is joined by three very inspirational women in the worldwide liberty movement including: Aneetha Warusavitarana: Research Manager for the Advocata Institute in Sri Lanka, Felippa Amanta: Head of Research at the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies in Indonesia, and Linda Kavuka Kiguhi: African Program Manager at students for liberty in Kenya.
Jan 4, 2021
The Role and Future of Women in the Liberty Movement—Part 1 with Ms. Amity Shlaes
Part one of Atlas Network's two-part series on the Role and Future of Women in the Liberty movement—Ms. Amity Shlaes, Chair of the Board at the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and author of four New York Times Best Sellers, tells how the principles of individual liberty and free-market economics empowered her to succeed.
Dec 29, 2020
Can we escape the "dark days of freedom?"- Mark Littlewood
Mark Littlewood, Director General of the Institute for Economic Affairs discusses the role of national governments during COVID-19. Are we living in the "dark days of freedom", as Littlewood commented during his breakout session in #LFFD20? Tune in to hear how protectionist policies as a response to COVID-19 are stripping away individual freedoms worldwide.
Dec 22, 2020
The importance of open societies and free trade- Johan Norberg and Antonella Marty
Swedish scholar Johan Norberg joins the host of Atlas Network’s Hablemos Libertad, Antonella Marty, on this episode of AtlasNexus for an inspiring conversation about his new book, *Open: The Story of Human Progress*. Please enjoy this very special conversation that highlights the great progress that economic freedom and capitalism have brought worldwide.
Dec 15, 2020
Liberating the Honduran energy market with Guillermo Peña Panting
Guillermo Peña Panting, executive director of Fundación Eléutera in Honduras, discusses Fundación Eléutera's groundbreaking work in the Honduran energy market. Tune in to hear more about Fundación Eléutera, and their journey to make Honduras a more free state.
Dec 8, 2020
Combatting populism and inequality in Namibia with Rowland Brown
Rowland Brown, chairperson of the Economic Association of Namibia, discusses the dramatic economic slowdown and polarization in Namibia post 2015. Tune in to hear what the Economic Association of Namibia is doing on the ground to combat dangerous populist policies and inequality in Namibia. Subsequent to the release of the podcast, the guest has notified us as to a small inaccuracy in the early section and notes that Namibia was a Class C Mandate of the League of Nations under South Africa, not a UN protectorate under South Africa as stated in the podcast
Dec 1, 2020
The power of storytelling in the wake of COVID-19 with Daniel Erspamer
Daniel Erspamer, chief executive officer at the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, sheds light on his organization's ongoing storytelling efforts through their "Faces of the Shutdown" project.
Nov 23, 2020
Exposing state governments' hidden debts - Sheila Weinberg
For years, elected state officals hid their states' pension and retiree healthcare debt from taxpayers for political gain. Sheila Weinberg, founder and CEO of Truth in Accounting, exposes bad accounting practices used by state politicians to hide massive amounts of debt in an effort to get re-elected. Truth in Accounting works to compel politicians to report hidden liabilities and hold state governments accountable.
Nov 16, 2020
Building a think tank from the ground up - John Mozena
"If not me then who?" John Mozena, president of the Center for Economic Accountability (CEA), shares his entrepreneurial journey of starting his own think tank. Mozena discusses the honest truths behind building a think tank from the ground up. By utilizing Atlas Network's Leadership Academy and surrounding himself with a community of liberty-minded individuals, Mozena has become a successful think tank entrepreneur.
Nov 11, 2020
The amazing life of Ron Manners—Stories from the lonely Libertarian
Ron Manners has lived quite a life. He’s gone from running one of the most successful businesses in Australia to becoming an accomplished author and leader of the Mannkal Foundation, which provides young Australians with the opportunity to learn about classical liberal principles from leading experts across the world, to being named an official member of the Order of Australia. In today’s special episode, Ron shares a little bit of his life story (including his time as an unintentional expat and a crazy conversation with Fredrick Hayek), his perspective on the next generation, and his predictions about the future for freedom in Australia.
Nov 9, 2020
Reviving prosperity through sound governance in Alberta | TFA Finalist—Fraser Institute , Niels Veldhuis
Niels Veldhuis, president of the Fraser Institute discusses the Alberta Prosperity Initiative; a Fraser Institute project that is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award. Veldhuis discusses the Fraser Institute’s strategic approach when addressing policy change. By shifting the research focus from the politician to the average Albertan, the Fraser Institute was able to produce policy prescriptions that successfully helped revitalize liberties that have been lost over time in the Canadian province. Listen to hear about how the Fraser institute combatted special interests that hinder success in the political marketplace and fought for the best interests of the citizens of Alberta through consistently sharing research and data that supports free market ideals. *Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 202 begins this Wednesday—register now!*
Nov 2, 2020
Dismantling discrimination against women in Kerala India | TFA Finalist—CPPR, Dr. D Dhanuraj
Dr. D. Dhanuraj, the chairman of the Center for Public Policy Research in India (CPPR) discusses the institutionalized discrimination against women that is a direct product of the Kerala Shops & Establishments Act in Kerala, India. CPPR worked tirelessly with the communist-led government of Kerala to implement significant policy reforms that allow women more freedom in the market. CPPR’s policy prescriptions dismantled discriminatory measures in the Kerala Shops & Establishment Act by providing an amendment that allows shops to remain open all hours of the week, introduces shifts for employees, allows women to work beyond the previously described hours of 6am-7pm, and establishes an online business registration platform that will allow businesses to act more freely in the market. *Register for Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020*
Oct 26, 2020
Eliminating luxury pensions | TFA Finalist—Ideas Labs, Luis Loria
More than one million Costa Ricans live in poverty, so how do its leaders justify the “luxury pensions” of a few thousand people who receive, on average, nearly forty-five hundred U.S. dollars a month? Luis Loria, president of Ideas Labs in Costa Rica tells of their success in educating the general public on how luxury pensions infringe upon the freedoms of every tax-paying Costa Rican. Two out of 10 of Ideas Labs reforms have been passed into law through Costa Rica’s congress. Ideas Labs is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award for their commitment to educating Costa Rican citizens about the injustice embedded within the highest ranking members of society. *Register here for Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020*
Oct 19, 2020
Leveraging markets and property rights to improve conservation | TFA Finalist—PERC, Brian Yablonski
PERC, “The home of free market environmentalism”, is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award. PERC, a trailblazer of innovative policy solutions to the Endangered Species Act, focused on advocating for positive, market based, incentives that reward U.S. Citizens for participating in private conservation. Brian Yablonski tells of PERC’s groundbreaking findings that drastically changes the way citizens and politicians view environmentalism. *Register here for Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020*
Oct 12, 2020
The dangers of protectionist policies in Indonesia | TFA Finalist—CIPS, Rainer Heufers
Severe import restrictions have drastically increased the price of staple food in Indonesia. As a result, a quarter of all children under five are malnourished. Rainer Heufers, the co-founder and executive director for the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), discusses the negative, unintended consequences that abed protectionist policies such as the quantitative import restrictions in Indonesia and how CIPS is working to change public opinion and make the Indonesian government more accountable for the food crisis. CIPS Affordable Food for the Poor program is being recognized for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award. *Register here for the Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020*
Oct 6, 2020
The Equity Initiative for American healthcare | TFA Finalist—the Mercatus Center, Thomas Stratmann
State governments are aggressively reducing the ability of healthcare providers to freely provide their services in the marketplace in 36 states in the United States of America. Thomas Stratmann from the Mercatus Center at George Mason University spearheaded the Equity Initiative for American Healthcare, which exposed government imposed certificate of need laws as harmful to both healthcare providers and patients. Since 2014, the Mercatus Center has developed nine academic papers and dozens of short papers explaining how certificate of need (CON) laws, in the name of increasing access, improving quality, and reducing healthcare costs, consequently create situations where patients do not have access to services. The Mercatus Center is recognized as the 2020 Atlas Network Liberty Award winner and is nominated for the 2020 Templeton Freedom Award. *Register here for Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner 2020*
Oct 5, 2020
The Freedom Movement: its past, present, and future plus a special announcement— Brad Lips
What is the freedom movement? Brad Lips, Atlas Network's CEO discusses his new book, modern day heroes of liberty, and his personal journey from Wall Street to the non-profit world. Brad also explains how Atlas Network's Templeton Freedom Award continues a legacy of advancing freedom and highlights this year's six finalists. Our special TFA finalist interview series kicks off tomorrow so, stay tuned!
Sep 28, 2020
The Stories of Freedom, the Inspiration of Milton and Rose Friedman, & the Art and Poetry of Bob Chitester, Documentarian
Bob Chitester is the founder of Free to Choose and the man who brought Milton Friedman and free-market economics into living rooms across the globe. After 30 years of television experience, Bob examines the relationship between the philosophy of liberty and the capacity for creativity, reflects on his career and friendship with Milton and Rose Friedman, and explains how good storytelling can impact society's future.
1 hr 20 min
Sep 28, 2020
Preparing for a pro-liberty Argentina—Candelaria de Elizalde
The mission of Libertad y Progreso (LyP) is to contribute to a deep change in Argentina, and according to Candelaria de Elizalde, LyP general coordinator, that deep change is needed now more than ever. Candelaria explains what things are like on the ground in light of the pandemic, bad government policies, and a rise in populism; and the success LyP is having in sowing the seeds for liberty in the minds of Argentina's next generation through education. She also describes the ways Atlas Network has helped LyP through training and mentorship, and shares the unconventional origins of Libertad y Progreso.
Sep 21, 2020
The history of Islam and liberalism, the power of refugees, and the legacy of the Arab Spring—Nouh El Harmouzi
It’s been ten years since the Arab Spring and Nouh El Harmouzi, director of the Arab Center in Morocco, and Dr. Tom Palmer played a major role promoting liberty in Egypt at the beginning of the movement. Hear Nouh tell his story and describe the current state of the Middle East in light of the continuing refugee crisis. Plus, a discussion on the roots of individualism and freedom within the Islamic tradition.
Sep 14, 2020
Combatting crony capitalism in Michigan—Joe Lehman and Mike Lafaive
What does crony capitalism look like? In Michigan, it looks like seventy years of the state government taking money from small businesses to give big corporations special incentives to create jobs. Joe Lehman, president of Mackinac; and Mike Lafaive, senior director of the Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, explain the ways they show government officials and everyday citizens how these programs are not only ineffective but immoral. They also give practical advice for how other free market think tanks can combat similar programs, as well as the narrative that cronyism and government corruption are the same as free market economics.
Sep 7, 2020
Shining a light on Lebanon’s key moment—Patrick Mardini
Patrick Mardini, president and founder of the Lebanese Institute for Market Studies (LIMS), provides a free market perspective on the fallout of the recent explosions in Beirut. Patrick also describes the precipice that Lebanon currently finds itself; with the choice to either embrace an open economy for trade and utilities, or to hold onto a legacy of mass government control. You’ll also hear about the amazing work Patrick is doing to improve lives by promoting policies that quite literally keep the lights on.
Aug 31, 2020
What does economic freedom mean?—Fred McMahon
Believe it or not, the Communist Party of Vietnam just cosponsored an economic freedom audit in their country. Fred McMahon, Michael Walker Chair of Economic Freedom Research at the Fraser Institute, explains what economic freedom is, why it matters, and what it looks like on every continent (except Antarctica).
Aug 24, 2020
Liberalization in Sri Lanka—Dhananath Fernando
As Sri Lanka nears a complete re-opening post-pandemic and orients itself to a newly elected government, the Advocata Institute continues to advocate the power of a free and open society in the Asian country. Dhananath Fernando, COO and founding member of Advocata, gives us an update on recent events and explains how the think tank communicates a the narrative of less government and more liberty to Sri Lankan youth, government, and the entire nation. Dhananath also describes the connection between libertarian ideals and a desire to help others and gives advice to anyone wondering if/ how they should start a think tank.
Aug 17, 2020
Repairing broken systems in Pennsylvania—Charles Mitchell
Lack of educational opportunities, a bloated government pension structure, and a school-to-prison pipeline: these are massive issues with no easy solutions. But somehow, the Commonwealth Foundation continues to make progress as they promote successful reform. Charles Mitchell, President and CEO of Commonwealth, shares the ways these systemic problems are connected and explains how one think tank can make all the difference.
Aug 10, 2020
Fighting government misinformation in Serbia with independent media—Petar Čekerevac
When most of the media is owned by the state, how do you get the truth out? How do you promote freedom in a country where many parts of the government are actively suppressing free expression? Petar Čekerevac, executive manager of Libertarian Club Libek in Serbia, gives special insight into the recent protests in his country and the active cover-ups attempted by the government. Petar also tells the story of the creation of Talas, an online media source providing news and opinions without government strings attached.
Aug 4, 2020
How to tell better stories about freedom and human dignity—Charlie Fritschner and AJ Skiera
In a long-form episode, Charlie Fritschner, executive producer at Thatch Films, and Atlas Network's AJ Skiera look back on the Poverty & Freedom film project and how, by telling individual stories, it has so effectively communicated the human impact that free-market reforms provide. Charlie and AJ have created more than a dozen short films over the past two years across multiple continents and have proven that the best way to tell a story is to get yourself out of the way.
Jul 27, 2020
The free speech battle has left college campuses. The evolution of "cancel culture"—Greg Lukianoff
For years the discussion about free speech, safe spaces, and open debate centered around universities and college campuses. But now the fight for open exchange has left the classroom and entered the workplace. Greg Lukianoff, president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), explains how "cancel culture" is a natural consequence of student-led initiatives to restrict free speech, describes the state of free speech on college campuses, and discusses his prophetic book "The Coddling of the American Mind," coauthored by Jonathan Haidt.
Jul 20, 2020
The African struggle for freedom in the 21st century—Ibrahim Anoba
What are the barriers that prevent many African countries from economic growth? Ibrahim Anoba, managing editor of AfricanLiberty.org explains how the online publication is providing resources for Africans to promote liberty in their countries, tells his story of encountering the values of classical liberalism, and explores the similar struggles experienced by all peoples of Africa.
Jul 13, 2020
How to message liberty and the free market to Gen Z—Richard Lorenc of FEE
How do you promote ideas like the free market, the importance of property rights, and the power of individual liberty to Generation Z? Richard Lorenc, executive vice president for the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), explains how FEE successfully presents the case for freedom to young people of all political orientations (conservative, liberal, and libertarian) through targeted storytelling and appeals to overlapping values. Hear Richard explain how FEE started this journey and the advice he has on getting the right message to the right audience.
Jul 6, 2020
How did Tom Palmer fall in love with liberty?
Dr. Tom Palmer, George M. Yeager Chair for Advancing Liberty; Executive Vice President for International Programs at Atlas Network, offers a glimpse into his incredible life story—how he discovered classical liberal principles, how he has spent his career advocating economic liberty around the world, and why he believes these ideas are so vital in our world today.
Jun 29, 2020
Restoring freedom in urban America—Greg Brooks
Greg Brooks, founder and president of the Better Cities Project, explains how his organization is helping cities enact pro-liberty policies that facilitate new opportunities for Americans in the urban jungle to thrive.
Jun 29, 2020
Advancing economic liberty in India—Bhakti Patil
Bhakti Patil, associate director of development for Centre for a Civil Society (CCS) in India describes the ways over-regulation can lead to corruption and how this impacts one of the largest economic forces in New Delhi, street vendors. Melissa and Bhakti also discuss the stories in Atlas Network's Poverty & Freedom series that focus on everyday people who, thanks to the removal of barriers through CCS's work, are thriving and making a positive impact in their communities.
Jun 29, 2020
Reaching the next generation with a liberty-oriented education—Connor Boyack
Connor Boyack, president of Libertas Institute in Utah, tells the origin story of his liberty-minded childrens' book series: the Tuttle Twins. Connor and Melissa also discuss the importance of parental rights in education and the resources Libertas Institute has created to help teach free-market economics.
Jun 29, 2020
Disqualify Qualified Immunity—Clark Neily of the Cato Institute
Clark Neily, vice president for criminal justice at the Cato Institute, explains how Qualified Immunity reduces accountability for law enforcement and discusses potential reforms that would lead to true equality under the law.
Jun 22, 2020
Shining a light for criminal justice reform in Tennessee. The Beacon Center with special guest host, Vale Sloane
It's an Australian take-over as Atlas Network's Vale Sloane guest hosts this weeks episode. Justin Owen (President & CEO) and Taylor Dawson (Director of Outreach and Digital Media) explain the Beacon Center's work to reform the criminal justice system in Tennessee. The second episode of Upward Globility (hosted by Vale and available on the Atlas Network YouTube channel) depicts the life-changing reforms that Beacon has championed as Vale learns the stories of a group of previously-incarcerated women who have been given a second chance. Justin and Taylor explain the ways local institutions create solutions for local problems, and discuss the important steps the United States needs to take to prevent future miscarriages of justice.
Jun 15, 2020
The power of property rights in Zimbabwe—Rejoice Ngwenya
Rejoice Ngwenya, founder of the Coalition for Market and Liberal Solutions (COMALISO), explains the role property rights plays in economic development and increasing liberty in Zimbabwe.
Jun 8, 2020
Taking the message of liberty to law school. Daniel Richards of the Federalist Society
Daniel Richards, Vice President & Director of Digital at the Federalist Society, discusses the mission of the Federalist Society to sponsor fair, serious, and open debate about the need to enhance individual freedom in law schools throughout the United States, the potential legal consequences of government responses to COVID-19, developing a great story telling process, and the Federalist Society's new documentary on the legacy of legislation that created Japanese Internment Camps in World War II.
Jun 1, 2020
The state of freedom in Spain and women in leadership in the liberty Movement with Roxana Nicula
Roxana Nicula, one of the founders of Fundación para el Avance de la Libertad (Fundalib), discusses the state of the state of political freedom in Spain, Funalib's index of economic freedom in Spain's cities, and the need for more women in the liberty movement.
May 25, 2020
Reforming Ohio's broken criminal justice and occupational licensing systems—Robert Alt, President of the Buckeye Institute
Robert Alt, President of the Buckeye Institute in Ohio, tells the stories of everyday people who have been impacted by the think tank's work to reform occupational licensing and criminal justice system in the state.
May 18, 2020
The liberty movement in Latin America, special guest Roberto Salinas Leon
Melissa and Roberto, Director of Atlas Network's Center for Latin America, discuss threats to liberty in Mexico, Argentina, Venezuela, and the entire region as government overreach in response to the current pandemic leads to more protectionist, intrusive, and oppressive policies.
May 18, 2020
Advancing liberty in Africa with Linda Kavuka
Melissa Mann and Linda Kavuka of Africa Students for Liberty (SFL) discuss the impact Covid-19 is having on the region and the work SFL is doing to promote freedom and prosperity to young people all over Africa!
May 4, 2020
Limiting government overreach in Lithuania—Elena Leontjeva, Lithuanian Free Market Institute president
Melissa Mann and Elena Leontjeva, president of the Lithuanian Free Market Institute (LFMI), talk about the work LFMI is doing to roll back unnecessary government spending during the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 4, 2020
Bonus Content! How is poverty truly eliminated? Special guest, Matt Warner
Atlas Network President, Matt Warner, explains why traditional aid is failing the developing world and that the true solution to poverty alleviation is local knowledge and greater opportunity.