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"How Do We Change Public Policy?", by Joseph L. Bast, June 2005

philosophy, tactics, and strategy of The Heartland Institute, Chicago, Illinois

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The Freedom Philosophy

The Heartland Institute's long-term objective is to free as many people as possible from the tyranny of others. This requires replacing public policies that limit individual freedom with policies that respect and expand individual rights and autonomy. Achieving our objective rests on popular acceptance of a series of statements of belief which, together, constitute the "freedom philosophy" espoused most notably by Ludwig von Mises, Frederich Hayek, Milton Friedman, and Leonard Read. [see the full article for a table setting forth these beliefs and their contraries. -ed]

The freedom philosophy is a way of thinking about our relationships with government, markets, and society. History teaches that the freedom philosophy is not readily found or "natural," but grew out of its opposite: a long history of tyranny of some over others during which slavery, not freedom, was widely believed to be the natural order of things.

The Heartland Institute, since 1984, has shown how to effectively organize support for policies that create open space for individual initiative and enterprise. -leif
entered before July 9, 2006; edited/updated November 26, 2015

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