October 2004, Volume 13, Number 5

Hairbraiding Lawsuits Make A National Case For Economic Liberty

Melony Armstrong of Tupelo, Miss., has practiced her craft for nine years. She runs her own business and now wants to move up the economic ladder by opening her own school so she can share her skills with others. But bureaucrats from Mississippi decided that Melony must complete 3,200 hours of courses to be allowed…

Home, Safe Home

October 2004 Home, Safe Home By Dana Berliner Anyone who owns a home, a small business or a piece of property became a whole lot more secure in those possessions on July 30, 2004. That was when the Michigan Supreme Court released a unanimous decision ruling unequivocally that the government may not use eminent domain…

Live Free or Die? Hardly.

October 2004 Live Free or Die? Hardly. IJ Challenges N.H. Home Inspection Law By Bert Gall Every person’s home is his castle, unless he lives in New Hampshire. Under that state’s home inspection law, local government officials can obtain a warrant to search the home of any person who refuses to allow a government-hired inspector…

Give More to Your Heirs and Less to the Government

3 October 2004 Give More to Your Heirs and Less to the Government By James Lintott AIf you plan to leave money in your will to the Institute for Justice (or any other charity), you should consider a planning technique that may be able to leave more for your heirs and to IJ—and reduce the…

At Annual Law Student Conference, IJ Teaches How to Change The World

October 2004 At Annual Law Student Conference, IJ Teaches How to Change The World It’s not every day you are able to share the first news of a major victory with the world, or better yet, the next generation of freedom fighters. However, during the second session of IJ’s annual Law Student Conference in a…

Know Law Students Who Love Liberty?

October 2004 Know Law Students Who Love Liberty? Send Them IJ’s Way! When it comes to summer law clerks, IJ’s cup truly runneth over. Every year talented, energetic, hard-working law students pass up big law firm salaries to spend their summers fighting for liberty. We had another terrific group of clerks this summer who wasted…

Seattle Entrepreneur Study Seeks to Lift Regulatory Clouds Off Small Businesses

October 2004 Seattle Entrepreneur Study Seeks to Lift Regulatory Clouds Off Small Businesses By Jeanette Petersen Matching the entrepreneurial spirit of Washington’s frontier forefathers, the framers of the Washington Constitution included provisions designed to protect the unalienable right to acquire property and pursue economic freedom. Unfortunately, these constitutional provisions have yet to be realized to…

Florida Choice Fight Continues

October 2004 Florida Choice Fight Continues On August 16, Florida’s First District Court of Appeal held in a 2-1 decision that the Opportunity Scholarship program, which provides private school scholarships to children trapped in failing public schools, violates the state constitution’s Blaine Amendment. The appellate court has been asked to reconsider its decision, but either…

Ode To IJ: Bolick Book Shows Era (and Error) of Big Government Isn’t Over

October 2004 Ode To IJ: Bolick Book Shows Era (and Error) of Big Government Isn’t Over Institute for Justice co-founder Clint Bolick shows in his latest book, Leviathan: The Growth of Local Government and the Erosion of Liberty, that local government has grown exponentially. This ever-expanding beast, he explains, saps our nation’s productive vitality and…

Eminent Domain Abuse Book Spotlights IJ’s Work Nationwide

October 2004 Eminent Domain Abuse Book Spotlights IJ’s Work Nationwide Orange County Register editorial writer Steven Greenhut’s new book, Abuse of Power: How the Government Misuses Eminent Domain, warns that government can grab your home or small business at any time using redevelopment laws, paying you what they—and not the market—think it is worth. Worse…

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