July 22, 2010

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Lights! Camera! Liberty! - Enter to win video production equipment!
Do you want to jump-start your think tank's video production capabilities or enhance the work you are already doing with video? In an effort to utilize the emerging field of New Media to advance free-market ideas in the public sphere, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation is now offering grants of up to $3,000 to go toward software, studio equipment and other resources designed to elevate the impact of your message.
To qualify, make sure your think tank meets the minimum requirements listed below and then fill out the short questionnaire. If you are selected, Atlas's New Media Manager will work with your team to identify the best use of grant funds to take your communications shop to the next level. You will also have access to an online learning community, ongoing consultation, and video sharing.
Minimum requirements:
  • Your think tank must be organized and active within the 50 United States or Canada and have a focus on advancing free market solutions to domestic policy issues.
  • In order to take advantage of the best software recommendations, your think tank should already have its own computer with the suggested minimum setup; Windows PC: 4 Gigabytes of Ram, 512 MB video card, a Core2Duo processor or faster. Mac OS X: 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5, 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB (Mac System Recommended)
Fill out this questionnaire to enter! It's too easy to pass up. Deadline is August 18th!
For more information contact matthew.szewczyk@atlasnetwork.org
We have additional stories about Atlas happenings below, including a campaign against the minimum wage law in Malaysia, Bastiat in Africa and the new Atlas video production, Bridges of Peace. But first, some quick headlines from your allies in the Atlas network.
Network News from Around the World
Africa
Asia
Register for the Annual Big Ideas Forum in Sydney, hosted by the Center for Independent Studies (Australia) and featuring Johan Norberg, or the Freedom of Speech Forum with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Hong Kong introduces minimum wage marking further erosion of free-market ways, from The Economist and commentary from the Hong Kong Economic Times posted at the Lion Rock Institute blog on what it means for business and prosperity (in Chinese)
India Lands in a Mess, an article by Barun Mitra of the Liberty Institute (India) on a proposed property rights bill
Europe
Mont Pelerin Society announces 2010 Hayek Essay Contest winners, the essayists examined whether authoritarian capitalism is a viable alternative to liberalism
The case for free trade between Europe and Taiwan, a new paper by the European Centre for International Political Economy
Guide to welfare reform, a new video and study from the TaxPayers' Alliance (UK)
Middle East
Israelis work less to finance government expenditures than any time since 1990, report on tax freedom by Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies
Toleration: the Liberal Virtue, a new book out by Bican Şahin, CEO of the Association for Liberal Thinking (Turkey)
North America
Drilling moratorium could cost 8,000 jobs and $2.1 billion in economic activity,
an article from the Pelican Institute (Louisiana) on the new report commissioned by the American Energy Alliance
Institute for Justice expands to legislative activities, naming Minnesota-branch executive director the Institute's first legislative counsel to actively pursue legislative goals
"Is the era of cheap Chinese labor over?" asks Mercatus Center's Tyler Cowen blogging at The Economist
Tennessee government wasted $260 million, according to the 2010 Pork Report by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research
New Yorkers! Register for this upcoming event at FEE, "The Origin, Nature, and History of Money" with Foundation for Economic Education president, Larry Reed, on August 7th
Connecticut think tank aims to curb state government; the Yankee Institute has launched CTSunlight.org to track state spending and RaisingHale.com, a new source for investigative reporting
Latin America
Ecuador, and 21st Century Socialism, an article by Alberto Benegas Lynch, Cato Adjunct Scholar and chairman of economics at the National Academy of Sciences in Argentina (in Spanish)
The Hayek Interviews: Alive and Influential, Universidad Francisco Marroquín (Guatemala) released the full series of conversations with Nobel laureate F.A. Hayek in 1974
Think tank leaders, email Cindy.Cerquitella@atlasnetwork.org with your news of accomplishments and upcoming projects.
Upcoming Events
Two Exciting New Atlas Events at the September SPN Meeting!
Reclaiming Your American Heritage

Will you be at the State Policy Network Annual Meeting in Cleveland, Ohio from September 12-15? If so, join Atlas for two special events. On Sunday, Sept. 12th, Atlas is co-sponsoring with SPN, an afternoon seminar with Atlas Vice President of International Programs, Tom Palmer, titled Reclaiming Your American Heritage: The Intellectual Tools You Need to Tame Big Government. To find out more and register, click here.
The State Energy and Climate Policy Summit
Also, on Wednesday, Sept. 15th stick around after the SPN meeting for the State Energy and Climate Policy Summit: a series of round table discussions with national and state think tank experts on the development of winning strategies to push back against the tide of bad energy and climate policies at the state level. Visit here to find out more and register...
New Atlas Video: Bridges of Peace
Free trade creates bridges of peace. Atlas has produced a new video explaining the virtues of open trade that features friends from Kyrgyzstan, Mirsulzhan Namazaliev; from China, Yiqiao Xu; and from Canada, Matt Bufton. Watch the video here...
Bastiat in Africa
Adedayo Thomas, director of Atlas's African program, AfricanLiberty.org, has been touring the continent shining the lamp of liberty on massive crowds of Africans thirsty for knowledge. Thomas distributes books and holds workshops on the foundations of the free society. He is currently promoting the work of French economist Frédéric Bastiat and Atlas's new project Bastiat's Legacy: Property not Plunder. As part of the project, Atlas produced the book Selected Essays on Political Economy - 347 pages of Bastiat wisdom. Read this article from the Nigerian Tribune on the book, "Frederic Bastiat's solutions to Nigeria's problems."
French GM Workers Vote for Pay Freeze and More Hours to Save Their Jobs
Workers at a General Motors plant in Strasbourg, France have voted to give themselves pay freezes and eliminate the 35-hour work week policy in order to save their jobs. France24 invited Emmanuel Martin, director of Atlas's French platform, UnMondeLibre.org, on the show to discuss the issue and debate free trade with an anti-globalization advocate from ATTAC. Watch the video here (in English)...
Campaign Against Minimum Wage in Malaysia

Following in the footsteps of Hong Kong, which passed its first minimum wage law last week, Malaysia is considering setting its own minimum wage. This would have a disastrous effect on businesses' ability to hire and would cause higher unemployment, explains Wan Saiful Wan Jan, executive director of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Atlas's Malaysian platform, AkademiMerdeka.org. Wan Saiful was featured on prime time news warning of the dangers of the new policy. Watch the video here (in English)...
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