July 2, 2019
...ism for having been too doctrinaire. Its defect was not that it adhered too stubbornly to principles, but rather that it lacked principles sufficiently definite to provide clear guidance….
People will not refrain from those restrictions on individual liberty that appear to them the simplest and most direct remedy of a recognized evil, if there does not prevail a strong belief in definite principles.
At a time when freedom is once more directly under attack by those who wish to return to the f...
July 16, 2019
...ntity politics of the Left (proletarian vs. bourgeois) or the Right (racial and religious identity as the relevant building block of the strong nation). They knew the differences and similarities of these statist ideologies. In either case, individual liberty is the cost.
The term conservatism was unknown to them as a description of people who believed in freedom. None of them used the term. But by the late 1950s, this term came to replace individualism. In time, Frank Chodorov’s own organizati...
May 13, 2020
...ty. Nor it is free of the changing historical circumstances of who is in political power with access to and use of such data. Such concerns and suspicions are not merely hypotheticals held by those who may be extraordinarily sensitive about individual liberty and privacy matters
Just look at China, where over the last few years, the communist government has been setting up a “social credit system,” under which Chinese citizens are expected to download and keep active and accessible to the poli...
April 21, 2020
The Caesar Rodney Institute (CRI) is a Delaware based non-profit, dedicated to protecting individual freedom, and free markets. CRI analyzes and makes policy recommendations in areas impacting the economy, education, environment, and healthcare.
Center for Energy Competitiveness
David Stevenson, CRI’s policy director, spent the last nine years as director of the Institute’s Center for Energy & Environment. In that role Stevenson has published over 100 analytic studies on a range of energy...
April 15, 2020
...tions by the 20th-century Chinese social philosopher, novelist, and essayist Lin Yutang (1895–1976), from his book Between Tears and Laughter (1943, pp. 71-72):
The Chinese believe that when there there are too many policemen, there is no individual liberty; when there are too many lawyers, there can be no justice; and when there are too many soldiers, there can be no peace. Peace can be obtained only by putting government in reverse. Since this is a mixed world of mixed characters [some good ...
April 13, 2020
The Pacific Research Institute (PRI) is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California with a mission of championing freedom, opportunity, and personal responsibility for all individuals by advancing free-market policy solutions that promote a free economy, limited government, and private initiative. PRI was founded in 1979 by Sir Antony Fisher and San Francisco businessman James North to promote the vision of a free and civil society where individuals can achieve their full potenti...
February 19, 2020
The Washington Policy Center is a free-market, public policy think tank based in Seattle. The organization’s experts focus on several key areas of policy, including agriculture, education, environment, government reform, health care, and transportation.
The center’s environmental work covers national energy and climate policy as well as local issues such as salmon recovery and forest health.
Market- and technology-based solutions are the best ways to address environment...
January 24, 2019
...e taken matters into their own hands, forcing residents to buy health insurance. In 2018, New Jersey, Vermont, and the District of Columbia implemented individual mandates laws, with more states considering mandates as well.
‘Violation of Individual Liberty’
Justin Haskins, executive editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute, which publishes Health Care News, says it is immoral to force individuals to buy expensive health insurance.
“Imposing an individual mandate to purchase hea...
January 10, 2018
In view of a recent bipartisan initiative in the Republican-led Congress to pool data from every federal agency on every American in the supposed interest of “evidence-based policymaking,” you have to wonder if a new motto is taking shape, whether ever explicitly enacted or not.
Call it, “In Big Data, We Trust.”
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (FEPA) breezed to House approval on a voice vote in mid-November, and likely will sail through the Senate with minimal, if any...
January 16, 2020
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is America’s largest nonpartisan, voluntary membership organization of state legislators dedicated to the principles of limited government, free markets, and federalism.
Comprising nearly one-quarter of the nation’s state legislators, plus stakeholders from across the policy spectrum, ALEC members represent more than 60 million Americans.
ALEC is a forum for stakeholders to exchange ideas and develop real, state-based solutions to encourage econ...