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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.
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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! 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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