December 10, 2010

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This past Tuesday, at a Capitol Hill event jointly sponsored by Atlas and FreedomWorks, incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan praised A Guide to Sound Money, written by Atlas senior fellow Judy Shelton: "This is probably the best 25 pages on money that I've read in a long, long time. I'm going be tweeting and facebooking this all day and all week long encouraging people to read this."

C-SPAN provided live coverage of this event launching the Guide, and has archived the entire program here. The discussion panel featured remarks from Representatives Ryan and Mike Pence, along with Dr. Judy Shelton, Dr. Lawrence White (George Mason University), Matt Kibbe (FreedomWorks) and Alex Chafuen and Brad Lips from Atlas.

Commentary on the event and additional photos are here. The Guide can be downloaded in its entirety right here as a PDF. And the Sound Money Project website can be found here.


This past week, Atlas Templeton Leadership Fellow, Mario Vargas Llosa, formally accepted the 2010 Nobel Prize in Literature and delivered his Nobel lecture in Stockholm. Additional information about Vargas Llosa and his connection to the defense of free-market ideas can be found here on the Atlas website.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for our 2011 Liberty Forum which will take place November 8-10, 2011, with Mario Vargas Llosa as the keynote speaker at the Freedom Dinner on November 9.


Our popular networking conference The Atlas Experience will be held in Dallas, Texas on April 27 - 28, 2011, featuring keynote speaker, Johan Norberg, author of In Defense of Global Capitalism and Financial Fiasco.

The Atlas Experience will also feature John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, on ""Improving the World through Free Enterprise" and John Goodman, CEO and President of the National Center for Policy Analysis on "What Is a Think Tank."

The Atlas Experience will take place in conjunction with the Heritage Resource Bank which follows our event on April 28 - 29, 2011. For more information, please visit or email If you need to speak with someone at Atlas, please call 201.449.8449.

To guarantee your accommodations at the Hilton Anatole, our conference headquarters, please call the hotel at 1.214.748.1200 to make your reservations early. Don't forget to mention "Atlas" for a discounted group rate for The Atlas Experience and/or Heritage Resource Bank. The Hilton Anatole is located at 2201 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75207.

Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline for the 2010 Fisher Awards has been extended to December 15!

In 1990 Atlas established the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards to commemorate Atlas's founder's ideals and achievements. The Fisher Award recognizes institutes that have published a book, magazine, report, monograph or study that, in the opinion of the judges, made the greatest contribution to public understanding of the free society in the past two years. The deadline to enter is December 15. The winning institute receives a US$10,000. The award ceremony will take place in April 2011 at The Atlas Experience in Dallas, Texas. Contact Antonie Hodge at for more information.

Think Tank MBA Deadline is almost here - December 15!

Atlas's Think Tank MBA is the most comprehensive training program available for think tank leaders. Held over a two-week period in the suburbs of Washington DC, the TTMBA, as it's known, immerses participants in the task of developing and refining a strategic plan that could be used for their institute or program back home. The course involves interactive discussions, classroom exercises, a challenging day-long group project, and lectures from distinguished outside speakers. The deadline to apply is December 15! Click here to apply...
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Greg Mills, of the Brenthurst Foundation in South Africa, authored a new, short paper on Africa, "Why Is Africa Poor?". Mills lays the blame for sub-Saharan Africa's underdevelopment on its elites. Sub-Saharan African countries have not fulfilled their potential since independence.


In Catch a Greenie by His Tail, Buran Mitra, a columnist for, recently addressed a common theme that underlies a lot of the discussion on environmental issues - pitting development against environment, and in the process, discounting people today, for the sake of those who may come in the distant tomorrow. As a result, political control is legitimized, and political accountability undermined, economy stagnates, and environmental quality declines.

A longer version of the article can also be found on Mr. Mitra's blog On the Road to Liberty. Buran Mitra is director of the Liberty Institute - In Defence of Liberty, an independent research think tank in New Delhi, India.


Croatia's HTV will feature Maurice McTigue, former cabinet member, New Zealand, Vice-President, Mercatus Center and Adriatic Institute's Executive Advisory Board Member, focusing on corruption in Croatia and highlighting principled solutions in addressing the Balkan region's major obstacle to advancing economic freedom and growth. McTigue has been to Croatia on several occasions and addressed citizens and stakeholders including participants attending the International Leaders Summit events.
Over the course of the past four years, McTigue has met with reform-oriented leaders within Croatia and discussed advancing reforms with academic, business, civil society and media leaders.

Viewers can catch the program online - by clicking on the date 1/12/2010.

Middle East

On Nov 27, 2010, Atlas organized in Casablanca a comprehensive audit of the Moroccan government's performance with regard to economic freedom.

The program was held in Arabic and French and was organized by Atlas's Arab team, in cooperation with the Fraser Institute of Canada and the Network of Arab Liberals. Fraser's team, led by Fred McMahon and Jean-Francois Minardi, drew on their Economic Freedom of the World project to prepare a Morocco-specific report on 42 variables that measure economic freedom.

Atlas's Dr. Nouh El Harmouzi and Dr. Emmanuel Martin translated the report into Arabic and French and organized a major conference to propose ways to improve Morocco's performance, after which Atlas's Arab team unveiled the Arabic translation of Liberalism, by well known French free-market economist Prof. Pascal Salin; the book was co-published by the prestigious Dar Al Ahlia publishing house.

The Arabic term "al hurriyya iktasadiya" ("the free market") features prominently in this video which includes interviews with Atlas's El Harmouzi, Martin, and Dr. Tom G. Palmer - please note that the interview is in Arabic.

North America

National School Choice week (January 23-29) is an effort to bring together all the groups and individuals interested in any kind of real choice and get them involved in hosting events, writing op-eds and generally getting everyone pumped up about school choice. And Atlas is IN!

The Heritage Foundation has introduced a new series of booklets-Understanding America-which makes the case for America's place in the world. The series aims to clarify common foreign policy misunderstandings by laying out a First Principles-oriented view of sometimes controversial issues such as sovereignty, isolationism, and defense spending. The first three booklets of the series can be found here.


Latin America

Celebrating 20 years of Libertad y Desarrollo, the Chilean think tank will hold its 20th anniversary event on December 18-19 in Santiago and will feature Nobel laureate Mario Vargas Llosa, former Spanish President Jos� Mar�a Aznar, former Colombian President �lvaro Uribe and current Chilean President Sebasti�n Pi�era.

What's happening in your part of the world? Think tank leaders, email with your news of accomplishments and upcoming projects.

The first interview of Atlas's latest video series "Freedom Champions" featured Africa's Adedayo Thomas and was spotlighted in the nonprofit section of YouTube receiving almost 13,000 views. See it here.

The second interview is with Gurcharan Das, author of the best-selling India Unbound and his most recent book, The Difficulty of Being Good, is on the subtle art of "dharma," or doing what's right. Das examines the epic poem, Mahabharata, asking the question "Why be good?" He is also a historian and public intellectual that champions school choice and classical liberal reforms in India. As chairman of the Centre for Civil Society (India), Das has been a pioneer of India's school voucher program. In 2009, the Indian government adopted many of the education reforms that CSS was advocating. Watch this video in Atlas's "Freedom Champions" series on Gurcharan Das.

Watch for our third interview in the Freedom Champion video series, coming to Atlas via You Tube in January 2011. Happy New Year!
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