April 2006, Volume 15, Number 2

Burying the Competition

Anyone who has ever made funeral arrangements for a loved one knows that it is expensive. Charles Brown can give you at least one reason why this is especially true in Maryland: funeral industry insiders don’t like competition, and they use government force to keep entrepreneurs like him out of the field. Charles’ story is…

Celebrating Milwaukee’s Successful Vision of Urban Education

April 2006 Celebrating Milwaukee’s Successful Vision of Urban Education By Howard Fuller Fifteen years after parental choice gained a toehold in the world of education reform with just a few hundred families in Milwaukee, the positive results are evident. The city’s experience with choice provides a valuable example for school reformers nationwide. The Milwaukee Parental…

Campaign Finance Laws vs. Free Speech

April 2006 Campaign Finance Laws vs. Free Speech By Steve Simpson Should governments be able to regulate political speech and association? The question almost seems absurd for an American. Our First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech . . . or the right of the…

Preparing for Eminent Domain in New Orleans

April 2006 Preparing for Eminent Domain in New Orleans IJ senior attorney Scott Bullock addresses New Orleans property owners. Alarmed by preliminary proposals from the “Bring New Orleans Back Commission,” which include the potential widespread use of eminent domain for private development, on March 2, IJ Senior Attorney Scott Bullock and Staff Attorney Dave Roland…

Property Rights Victory in Oregon

April 2006 Property Rights Victory in Oregon By Michael Bindas The people of Oregon and property owners nationwide won a significant victory on February 21 when the Oregon Supreme Court upheld a ballot initiative designed to restore fairness to land use regulation. Measure 37, which Oregonians approved in 2004, requires the government to compensate a…

CastleCoalition.org Redesign

CastleCoalition.org Redesign By Isaac Reese Immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Kelo v. City of New London, IJ’s CastleCoalition.org became the resource in the fight against eminent domain abuse. Given the incredible demand from reporters, homeowners, students, scholars and legislators, we undertook a redesign of the site to make it more…

Castle Coalition Regional Conferences

April 2006 Castle Coalition Regional Conferences By Steven Anderson Given the amount of eminent domain abuse occurring nationwide, it was only a matter of time before the Castle Coalition took its activist conference on the road. Since its inception, the Castle Coalition has held an annual conference in the nation’s capital to train home and…

Thinkers of Freedom and IJ

Milton Friedman has been called by many the most influential economist of the 20th century. His writings combine provocative assaults on conventional economic wisdom with lucid explanations of why individuals flourish when they can exercise choice under a regime of limited, decentralized government and free markets. Nowhere does Friedman make his case more compellingly than…

Inc. February 2006

April 2006 “Most people in and around the government are beholden to Corporate America and don’t pay attention to (let alone understand) the needs of entrepreneurs. Here’s a list of Beltway movers and shakers who are trying to change that.” William “Chip” MellorCo-founder, Institute for Justice “The Institute for Justice specializes in civil liberties, property…

Michael Bindas: Super Lawyer, Rising Star

April 2006 Michael Bindas: Super Lawyer, Rising Star By Bill Maurer A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Michael Bindas spent three years defending America as an officer in the U.S. Army. Today, Michael spends his days as a staff attorney in the Institute for Justice’s Washington Chapter, where he defends the…

Overcoming Entrepreneurial Hurdles

April 2006 By Praveen Kosuri The steel bars on the windows obscured any view of the deli and meat store within. If you were walking down the sidewalk, those bars wouldn’t stand out. The building just to the north is boarded up. The one to the south has identical bars on its windows. There isn’t…

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