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6 days ago
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 12, 2020
Advancing Liberty on and off College Campuses—Cliff Maloney President of Young Americans for Liberty
Melissa and Cliff discuss the mission of Young Americans for Liberty—to educate college students about the power of libertarian values and to train them to be effective agents for change on campus and on the campaign trail, and not even COVID-19 can stand in their way.
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.