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Economic Liberty

June 17, 2019

The Founding Fathers of our limited government: Benjamin Franklin, America’s entrepreneur

This is the second in a five-part series dedicated to exploring the lives, ideas, and contributions of the five individuals most directly responsible for the founding of the United States. Without the courageous actions of James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, George Washington, and Thomas Jefferson, America would not be the country that it ...

June 03, 2019

The Hill: California lawmakers haven’t learned their lesson on rent control

Economist Thomas Sowell once quipped, "The first lesson of economics is scarcity" and "the first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." With California's recent flirtation with statewide rent control, it seems Golden State lawmakers are treating Sowell's warning as a game plan. The results will be predictable: less affor ...

May 15, 2019

The Hill: Socialism is neither a fair nor ‘progressive’ political philosophy

While politicians, pundits and college professors heap praise upon the supposed benefits of socialism, the reality is unfortunately all too clear for Venezuelans. Years of economic mismanagement and political instability that led to mass shortages of food, medicine and other necessities has culminated in recent weeks to rioting in the streets and a ...

April 29, 2019

Washington Post: I fought for — and won — the right to advertise happy hour in Virginia

This article was originally published by The Washington Post on April 29, 2019. Geoff Tracy owns restaurants in the District, Maryland and Virginia and was represented by Pacific Legal Foundation. In July, a new law will take effect in Virginia, repealing the state's long-standing prohibition on advertising for happy-hour drink specials. My respo ...

April 22, 2019

The Hill: This Earth Day, reflect on the environmental progress made possible by human flourishing

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 22, 2019. Today marks the 50th Earth Day, an appropriate time to pause and reflect on how far things have come since April 22, 1970. It's also an occasion to consider what past progress can teach us about today's environmental challenges. If an attendee of the first Earth ...

April 08, 2019

The Hill: The ‘competitor’s veto’ is killing entrepreneurship — but that may end this year

This article was originally published by The Hill on April 8, 2019.  It's true that businesses never welcome competition, but imagine if they had the statutory authority to shut out new enterprises. That twisted scenario is reality in over half of states, where entrepreneurs in the medical and transportation industries essentially must ask their c ...