The Atlas Network, formerly known as the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, is a nonprofit organization based in the United States. The group aims to promote free-market economic policies across the world. The stated mission of the Atlas Network is "o strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by cultivating a highly effective and expansive network that inspires and incentivizes all committed individuals and organizations to achieve lasting impact". The Atlas Network has awarded grants of over $20 million. Atlas promotes think tanks that support private-property rights, limited government, the rule of law, and market economics. Atlas Network was not named after Ayn Rand's novel Atlas Shrugged.
Atlas Network increases global prosperity by strengthening a network of independent partner organizations that promote individual freedom and are committed to identifying and removing barriers to human flourishing.
A Call to Activism, by Margit von Mises, The Free Market, Jun 1984
Speech delivered 27 Feb 1984 at a Mises Institute dinner in her honor; relates how she wrote My Years With Ludwig von Mises, then calling her late husband, Ludwig von Mises, an "activist of the mind" and encouraging others to become likewise
[Ludwig von Mises] stimulated the interest, and then the understanding of all the people he met. And he did even more. He stimulated them to action ... Think of Antony Fisher, whose Atlas Economic Research Foundation has brought about the creation of nineteen institutes in twelve countries throughout the world, always mentioning Ludwig von Mises and quoting [Richard M.] Weaver, "Ideas have consequences."
Today, Alberto Benegas Lynch — now in his 70s — continues to toil in the vineyards of Argentine liberty ... His legacy is found in the large number of free-market institutions in Argentina that now exist to promote "ideas sobre la libertad" all over the Argentine nation ... And the movement toward liberty in South America is not limited to Argentina. Thanks in large part to an organization located in Fairfax, Virginia — The Atlas Economic Research Foundation, founded by an Englishman named Antony Fisher — there are now free-market institutions all over South America.
The Early History of FEE, by Henry Hazlitt, The Freeman, Mar 1984
Excerpted from Hazlitt's remarks at the Leonard E. Read Memorial Conference on Freedom, November 1983; reprinted in the May 2006 issue, including photos of early FEE senior staff
Another effect of Leonard's initiative soon followed. Other libertarian foundations were set up in emulation ... Soon Antony Fisher set up like organizations in England, Canada, and eventually here. I recently learned from Antony that he is now watching over eighteen institutions in eleven countries.
In Memoriam: Leonard Liggio, 14 Oct 2014
Extensive biographical essay covering Liggio's activities in various institutions, awards and the Liggio Legacy Program
Leonard P. Liggio, Executive Vice President of Academics at Atlas Network, passed away October 14, 2014 at the age of 81 ... In 1994, he joined the Atlas Network (then, the Atlas Economic Research Foundation) where he established programs that bridged the worlds of think tanks and academics. In particular, at Atlas Network, he directed The Freedom Project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. This effort established inter-disciplinary courses on freedom at universities in the U.S. and abroad; in some cases, the courses flowered into ongoing academic centers.
The Morality of Profit, by Joshua Swain, 19 May 2011
Announces an initiative from the Atlas Network and the John Templeton Foundation, includes short video by the Atlas Network
The free market needs and deserves a moral defense. The Atlas Network has partnered with the John Templeton Foundation on a new and important project — The Morality of Free Enterprise — that will build on the Templeton Foundation's online conversation, "Does the Free Market Corrode Moral Character?" The Atlas Network's 2011 Morality of Free Enterprise initiative focuses attention on the moral component of freedom by showing that free enterprise both depends on and reinforces morality.
The Cato Institute at 40, by Peter Goettler, Aaron Ross Powell (host), Trevor Burrus (host), Free Thoughts, 10 Mar 2017
Interview with Peter Goettler, President and CEO of the Cato Institute since March 2015, discussing the institute's 40 year history
Peter Goettler: ... If you recall Anthony Fisher, a great champion of liberty who was instrumental in the founding of any number of think tanks and also the Atlas Network, which is an organization that supports free market libertarian think tanks around the world. An organization I used to be on the board of directors of ... He founded the Institute for Economic Affairs in London in 1955 and was involved in founding the Manhattan Institute, and CIS [Centre for Independent Studies] in Australia. I don't think he was involved in founding Fraser, but was involved early on, and Pacific Research [Institute in California] and ultimately Atlas.