April 2008, Volume 17, Number 2

Freeing Speech Now

SpeechNow.org is a new group of citizens formed to protect the First Amendment at the ballot box, but before it can do so, it must go to court to secure its own First Amendment rights. The Institute for Justice has teamed with the Center for Competitive Politics, co-founded by former FEC commissioner Bradley Smith, to…

IJ Puts “Regulatory Capture” On Trial

Chris Johnson spent years learning how to float (or file) horses’ teeth from his father, Jim. By contrast, veterinary students in Minnesota typically receive about 40 minutes of instruction and practice in horse teeth floating, and they are not even graded for competence. So who are state bureaucrats trying to put out of business when…

Bert Gall: IJ’s Special Agent

By Chip Mellor A rock doesn’t know that the river is wearing it down. But, over time, the outcome is inevitable. That same observation could apply to Bert Gall’s opponents in litigation. Bert’s southern charm, calm demeanor and infinite patience consistently overcome the most resolute of opponents, often leaving them wondering just when the momentum…

Gun Ban Case Triggers IJ Brief For Individual Rights

One of the Institute for Justice’s great strengths is our unwavering but creative focus on our four pillars of litigation: private property, economic liberty, free speech and school choice. Keeping our efforts focused maximizes the effectiveness of our advocacy by making sure we act only in areas where we have the expertise to make a…

Designs On Success

Thanks to a grassroots group of interior designers in Washington state, economic liberty won a mighty victory in February. With the assistance of the Institute for Justice Washington Chapter (IJ-WA), these dogged designers defeated a menacing attempt to cartelize the Evergreen State’s interior design industry. A perhaps unlikely front in the battle for economic liberty,…

Did You Know?

Under federal campaign finance laws, any time two or more people join together and spend just $1,000 to advocate for or against a candidate for federal office, they become a “political action committee,” or PAC, subject to burdensome red tape and government limits. One thousand dollars is barely enough to create a simple website, let…

A Primer on Occupational Licensing

A Primer on Occupational Licensing With Professor Morris Kleiner By Lee McGrath Whether we realize it or not, irrational occupational licensing laws—which restrict entry into jobs that don’t require a great deal of education or capital to enter—affect each of us in our daily lives. When government power is used to limit who may enter…

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