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Joseph Bast

Joseph Bast is president and 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 president and 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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May 23, 2017
By Joseph Bast, Edward Hudgins
‘We’re thrilled to bring on board Ed Hudgins, a researcher and writer known throughout the freedom movement as an original thinker, a talented editor, and someone with an encyclopedic knowledge of public policy.’ – Joseph Bast
May 15, 2017
By Joseph Bast
The following is a letter Heartland Institute President Joseph Bast sent to Ivanka Trump, top advisor to president Donald Trump. As of today, he has received no response.
May 12, 2017
By H. Sterling Burnett, Joseph Bast
Climate Change Weekly #249
May 11, 2017
By Joseph Bast
Quarterly Performance Report Second Quarter, 2017
August 17, 2016
By Tim Benson, Joseph Bast
CAFE Standards Sacrifice Lives for Oil
August 10, 2016
By Joseph Bast
Affordable, reliable, and plentiful energy enables us to protect the environment while also creating jobs and the goods and services we need.
May 16, 2016
By Myron Ebell, Joseph Bast
A letter signed by the heads of 26 leading free market think tanks and activist organizations supporting an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, by Rep.
March 25, 2016
By Joseph Bast, Joy Pullmann
The coerced adoption of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by 46 states across the United States, often without public input, has generated tremendous controversy, concern, and efforts to repeal the standards.
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2016 By the Numbers

See what sets Heartland apart:
82% of state elected officials read Heartland publications
82%
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
45%
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