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  • Spending Cuts Are Good for the Economy

    Reducing budget deficits by cutting government spending has a stronger record of economic stimulus than either reducing the deficit with tax increases or increasing government spending. That’s what Harvard economists Albert Alesina and Silvia Ardagna have found in their recent research. They examined 107 instances of large reductions (at least … More

    What Makes America Exceptional?

    In this final part of our series highlighting the thoughts of conservative and libertarian leaders on American Independence and the Founding, we asked: What do you think makes America exceptional? Lawrence W. Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education: America is exceptional because Americans after the Founding showed that … More

    Who Are Your Favorite Founders?

    In this fourth installment of our series highlighting the thoughts of conservative and libertarian leaders on American Independence and the Founding, we asked: What Founder is either your favorite or one who you think deserves more credit for his or her contributions to America? (This series will conclude with one … More

    The Founders’ Most Important Idea

    In this third  installment of our series highlighting the thoughts of conservative and libertarian leaders on American Independence and the Founding, we asked: What do you think was the most important idea of the Founders? (This series will continue until July 4.) Jamie Radtke, Chairman of the Virginia Tea Party … More

    Favorite Stories about the Founding

    In this second installment of our series highlighting the thoughts of conservative and libertarian leaders on the American Founding, we asked: Do you have a favorite story about America’s Founding? (This series will continue until July 4.) Eric O’Keefe, Chairman of the Sam Adams Alliance: The Boston Tea Party happened … More

    What’s the Best Reading on the Founding?

    We’ve solicited some thoughts on the American Independence and Founding from a variety of conservative and libertarian leaders. Between now and July 4, we’ll post some of the most interesting answers. Here is the first installment. What is the single best book or article you have read about the American … More

    The Socialist Behind the Idea of Government Funding for News

    Michael Copps, a Federal Communications Commissioner, warns that if you propose government funding for newspapers, then “[s]ome guy is probably going to be on cable screaming up and down saying you’re Mao Zedong.” He seems to be scoffing at the notion that such funding is akin to a totalitarian effort at … More

    Race to the Top's Bart Simpson Standard

    It’s not exactly news that the federal No Child Left Behind program has encouraged the states to define proficiency downward in order to avoid triggering various federal sanctions. But judging from Education Next’s recent grading of state proficiency standards, the Obama administration’s Race to the Top program is no fix. Here’s … More

    Next Week: Miami Is the Place to Be for Ideas and Strategies to Advance Liberty

    Next week over 500 think tankers, activists, scholars, film makers, journalists, public-interest lawyers, and other assorted upstanding citizens will gather in Miami for the annual Resource Bank, the nation’s premier conservative public policy conference. There are also sunny beaches in Miami, we hear. Maybe you should be there, too. The … More

    Is Government-Subsidized News on the Way?

    Is the Federal Communications Commission building a case for government-subsidized news? It’s not hard to imagine that will be the outcome of the Commission’s “Future of Media” inquiry. The digital age has produced a “democratic shortfall,” according to one source cited in the inquiry’s public notice. Another scholar working on … More