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.
According to journalist Lee Fang, writing for The Intercept, the libertarian Atlas Network has "reshaped political power in country after country", operating as an extension of U.S. foreign policy, with Atlas-affiliated think tanks receiving funding from the United States Department of State and the National Endowment for Democracy. The organization's methods include providing grants for new think tanks, providing courses on political management and public relations, sponsorship of networking events around the world and encouraging libertarians to influence public opinion through social media and online videos.
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