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  • FEE Summer Seminars Accepting Applications

    Posted on January 20, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Jon Gabriel

    Applications for the Foundation for Economic Education's Summer Seminars are now open. The Freedom University series in Atlanta, GA, is designed to introduce college students to Austrian economics, history, and current events. The Advanced Austrian seminar will take place at FEE's headquarters in Irvington, NY, and two high school seminars will be held in Salt Lake City, UT. This year we’ll also put on a new seminar for FEE alumni, Communicating Liberty, in Atlanta.

  • Have we learned our lesson on Washington spending yet?

    Posted on January 05, 2012 | Type: Blog | Author: Nick Dranias

    As history increasingly shows, Washington’s limitless ability to incur debt is one of the greatest errors in our Constitution. Fortunately, there is no reason to wait for Congress to propose what Thomas Jefferson called the “Missing Amendment.”

  • States damaging their own case with insurance exchange moves

    Posted on December 01, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Diane Cohen

    The severability issue of the federal health care law is a critical consideration for states like Arizona, which are suing over the law’s constitutionality while at the same time moving forward with implementing other parts of the law, specifically the law’s health insurance exchanges. This undermines the idea that if the mandate is found unconstitutional the whole law must be thrown out.

  • Gov. Scott Walker at the 2011 Goldwater Dinner

    Posted on November 30, 2011 | Type: Blog

    On November 10, 2011, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker keynoted the Goldwater Institute Annual Dinner. Watch his speech with an introduction by former Arizona Representative and Goldwater Institute Senior Fellow John Shadegg.

  • The Pilgrims' failed experiment with communism

    Posted on November 24, 2011 | Type: Blog | Author: Byron Schlomach

    When the Pilgrims arrived on the Mayflower, they set up a society in which no one could own property and everyone shared equally, no matter how much work they did. The result was misery and hunger. But when the governor allowed each man to plant and raise crops for his own household, something amazing happened.

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