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  • Saving Freedom in Urban Centers

    Rather than being inevitable cesspools of crime and sin,” says Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute, “cities are, rather, the key foundations of prosperity and economic dynamism, the places where social and economic freedom [take] root and bear fruit.”

    Husock joined a panel at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in DC—“Saving Freedom in Urban Centers”—where panelists discussed conservative solutions to inner city challenges such as poverty, crime and education.

    The solutions focused on the need to restore human dignity and empower individuals by encouraging personal responsibility through relationships. Star Parker from the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) pointed out that “faith and market principles are key to curing poverty” and that we should “develop social policies that encourage individual merit and personal responsibility.” Niger Innis of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) emphasized the need for self-government and equal opportunity, rather than prescribing equal outcomes.

    Howard Husock of the Manhattan Institute provided examples of how conservative policies have allowed areas formerly tarnished with crime and poverty to prosper, including the 1996 welfare reform, 1990s Compstat policing in New York City, and public housing reform in Atlanta.

    Challenging circumstances should not be used as justification for the government continuing to create and enforce federal programs that don’t work.  Instead, government policy should create an environment that empowers individuals, communities, churches, charities and businesses through sound economic policy and work incentives that help welfare recipients move to independence. Poverty should be addressed from the ground up by restoring relationships, restoring communities, and restoring civil society.

    To learn more about such strategies and to read Howard Husock’s remarks, Conservatives and Cities, visit www.restoringsocialjustice.com. Also, to learn more on how free market economic principles capture the ideas of human flourishing, prosperity, and freedom, check out our booklet Freedom Economics and Human Dignity: Economics for the Good of People.

    This post is co-authored by Mauri Franke. Franke is currently a member of the Young Leaders Program at the Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit: http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm

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    6 Responses to Saving Freedom in Urban Centers

    1. Gary, Pennsylvania says:

      I absolutely agree! When we take the pride from individuals by giving them everything, they no longer know how to function. When we continue to plow more and more money into the same programs, we are demonstrating the exact definition of lunacy. We must change now!
      This Abdication Nation Will Not Stand!
      Gary @ http://www.goodwrites.com

    2. Louis Gonzales says:

      I support your organization and Supreme Court Justice Sam Alito. Keep our freedoms and our traditions safe.

    3. April, Colorado says:

      Actions speak louder than words. Why not start with a health care policy that will make doctor's visits and medicine affordable?

    4. Ryan, California says:

      "Once they find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic".

      – Benjamin Franklin


    5. Drew Page, IL says:

      April in CO — What kind of health policy do you have in mind? You say "doctors visits and medicine should be "affordable". What do you mean by "affordable"? Affordable to whom, those with no money and no insurance?

      How much, in your opinion, should a doctor be allowed to charge for his services? What happens when people receive services from a doctor and then don't pay? What happens when Medicare pays a doctor only 65% or 70% of what he charges? Is the doctor supposed to eat the difference?

      There a a lot of medicines out there that you can get from Wal-Mart for $4.00. Is that too much? Some cancer fighting drugs and chemotherapy are extremely expensive and drug companies do seem to be making a lot of profit these days, but are they being criticized? No, the insurance companies who pay the drug bills charged by the pharmacies and drug companies are criticized, as if it were they that set the prices for prescription drugs. Where in the health care reform bill is there any mention of reducing the time limits on patent protection of medicines?

      I don't know what you do for a living, but how would you like the government telling you that you are being overpaid and that the government was going to see to it that your employer cut your pay 30% or more?

    6. ChuckL says:

      What I am waiting for is the set of rubber stamps that have handles resembling Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. They should be sold in a box that is labeled, "For Dictator Use Only".

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