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    The future of liberty depends on reclaiming America’s first principles.

    Michigan Right-to-Work Law: How to Fight for the Freedom to Work

    Last month, a special session of the Michigan legislature passed and Governor Rick Snyder (R–MI) signed right-to-work legislation, which outlaws compulsory union membership. “This simply means that workers will no longer be forced to join a union,” noted Ed Feulner, president of The Heritage Foundation, at the time. “They will … More

    Free Markets: Follow the Fracking Model

    If you’ve been to the movies lately, you’ve probably seen ads for Promised Land, a film that takes a dim view of using hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to produce natural gas. Steve Forbes isn’t surprised. “In movies, capitalists kill more people than serial killers,” he said during an appearance at The … More

    Google and the FTC: Searching (in Vain) for a Violation

    Sure, you’re smart enough to use the Internet. That’s how you found this post. But are you smart enough to be trusted with the power to select your own Internet search engine? Some—mostly competitors of Google—aren’t so sure. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided (after an almost two-year-long investigation) … More

    A New Year's Resolution for Conservatives

    ‘Tis the season for hope—though you couldn’t tell from listening to conservatives. Two months after the election, the mood remains grim among many on the right. It’s not just that the American people have re-elected one of the most liberal presidents ever, or that the Supreme Court upheld the individual … More

    2012 Year in Review: A Wild Year for Conservatism

    By now you’ve probably seen the TV specials and glossy magazines reviewing major highlights of the past year. There are still a few days left before we close the books on 2012 (and action appears likely on the fiscal cliff). But in the meantime, let’s recap some of the good … More

    How Instagram Is Teaching Us About Big Government

    Instagram, the popular photo-sharing and social-networking service acquired this year by Facebook, faces a strong public backlash over a newly proposed terms of service agreement that allows your photos to be sold to outside businesses without either compensation or consent. This move, while certainly savvy from the profit perspective, caused … More

    Beware! Regulations Incoming!

    Buckle up, job-creators: The administrative state is set to grow steadily larger in 2013 with a slew of new regulations. “For months, federal agencies and the White House have sidetracked dozens of major regulations that cover everything from power plant pollution to workplace safety to a crackdown on Wall Street,” … More

    Defining Socialism

    For those who failed to recognize the ideological stakes of the recent election, Merriam-Webster Dictionary has revealed that many Americans were well aware of the confrontation between the ideas of capitalism and socialism. The terms “socialism” and “capitalism” received more searches on Merriam-Webster’s popular online dictionary than any other terms … More

    EVENT: Defending the Filibuster, the Soul of the Senate

    On Tuesday, December 11, at 11:00 a.m., Heritage will host a book event and a discussion with two well-known experts on the importance of maintaining the current rule governing the use of the filibuster in the Senate. In Defending the Filibuster, Richard A. Arenberg and Robert B. Dove argue that … More

    Liberal Welfare State in Decline

    Even as the country deals with the crisis of the “fiscal cliff,” there’s another crisis waiting in the wings. “The second act will occur early in 2013 when the federal government will exhaust its ability to issue debt legally,” writes Heritage’s J. D. Foster. As computer programmers would say, the … More