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Joseph Bast

Joseph Bast is the CEO of The Heartland Institute, a 33-year-old national nonprofit research center located in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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Joseph Bast is the CEO of The Heartland Institute, a 33-year-old national nonprofit research center located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. According to a recent telephone survey among state elected officials, The Heartland Institute is among the nation’s best-known and most highly regarded think tanks.

Bast is the author or editor of 21 books, including Rebuilding America’s Schools (1990), Why We Spend Too Much on Health Care (1992) Eco-Sanity: A Common-Sense Guide to Environmentalism (1994) Education & Capitalism (2003), Climate Change Reconsidered (2009), The Patriot’s Toolbox (2010, rev. ed. 2011), Rewards (2014), and Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming (2015).

His writing has appeared in the Phi Delta Kappan, Economics of Education Review, Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Cato Journal, USA Today, and many of the country’s largest-circulation newspapers.

Bast is publisher of four monthly newspapers sent to every national and state elected official and thousands of civic and business leaders. Those publications are titled School Reform News, Environment & Climate News, Health Care News, and Budget & Tax News.

Bast has been recognized many times for his contributions to public policy research and debate, including being named one of “The 88 to Watch in 1988” by the Chicago Tribune and being awarded the 1994 Roe Award from the State Policy Network, the 1996 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award, the 1998 Eagle Award from Eagle Forum, and the 2004 Champion of Liberty Award from the Libertarian National Committee. He was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by Gov. Paul E. Patton in 1996, elected a member of the Philadelphia Society in 2002, and elected to the board of directors of the American Conservative Union in 2007. Bast's service on the ACU board ended in 2016.

Prior to being hired as The Heartland Institute’s first employee in 1984, Bast was coeditor of the bimonthly magazine Nomos, and studied economics as an undergraduate at The University of Chicago.

Recent Articles and Publications

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January 17, 2018
By Joseph Bast
“Heartland’s policies allow us to remove problem employees quickly, and certainly faster than HuffPost.” – Joseph Bast, CEO, The Heartland Institute
January 17, 2018
By Joseph Bast
We will put these quotations to good use in our fundraising letters and proposals this year, and for that, we thank the authors.
December 28, 2017
By Joseph Bast
Shouldn’t we try to find ways to solve problems peacefully and voluntarily before we resort to force? Is it really okay to use force to achieve trivial objectives?
December 24, 2017
By Joseph Bast
Neela Banerjee’s December 22 article for Inside Climate News, titled “How Big Oil Lost Control of Its Climate Misinformation Machine,” is a “Through the Looking Glass” history of the climate change debate. Here are some corrections.
July 28, 2017
By Joseph Bast, Matthew Glans
With the collapse of Republican efforts to repeal Obamacare, attention turns to what Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and state policymakers can do to repair a health care system in crisis. The Heartland Institute can help!
July 27, 2017
By Joseph Bast
THERA Coalition Letter
June 8, 2017
By Joseph Bast
For the record, The Heartland Institute has contacted nearly all members of the Trump cabinet. Can any of you explain to me how this differs from the relationship the previous administration had with liberal advocacy groups?
August 17, 2016
By Tim Benson, Joseph Bast
CAFE Standards Sacrifice Lives for Oil

2016 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
of state elected officials read one or more Heartland newspapers "sometimes" or "always."
45% of elected officials say Heartland led to a change in policy
of state elected officials say a Heartland publication influenced their opinions or led to a change in public policy.
“The Heartland Institute [is] the world’s most prominent thinktank supporting skepticism about man-made climate change.”
The Economist
May 26, 2012
1.3 Million
the number of times Heartland's six podcasts were downloaded in 2016
216 issues
of weekly e-newsletters sent to subscribers across the country
120 events
that Heartland hosted, attended, or spoke at, reaching 13,474 guests
100,000 fans
on Facebook posting and reposting over 20 million times a week