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Trinity College administration recognizes ‘Churchill Club,’ even as student government votes to deny recognition

LIBERTY ALERTS, THE FIRE.ORG On Monday, the Trinity College Student Government Association announced that it had voted — after weeks of delays, meetings, and public forums —...

Purging Unions from the Public Sector

CHRIS EDWARDS, CATO INSTITUTE The Supreme Court hears arguments today regarding the ability of state governments and their labor unions to extract union fees from...

The Good of Corporations

ROGER SCRUTON, HERITAGE FOUNDATION Abstract Americans rightly cherish freedom of association as the necessary condition of a civil society that is not absorbed by the state....

The Road to Collectivism

CLARENCE B. CARSON, IDEAS ON LIBERTY Individual Liberty in the Crucible of History, Part V Americans came upon the road to collectivism by diverse ways and...

Attack on Freedom of Association

NLRB, Teamsters, and Senate gang up Charles W. Baird, The Freeman At the end of 2011 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), dominated by recess-appointed, pro-union...

Political Associations In The United States

Democracy In America, Alexis de Tocqueville, 1831 Volume 1, Chapter 12, Political Associations in the United States DAILY USE which the Anglo-Americans make of the right...

Defending Tea Party from IRS Assault

JAY SEKULOW, ACLJ It is outrageous. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is demanding information from Tea Party groups nationwide - information that is clearly beyond the...

IRS Accused of Intimidation Campaign Against Tea Party Groups

SUSAN JONES, CNSNEWS.COM A conservative civil liberties group accuses the Internal Revenue Service of attempting to "intimidate and silence" a number of tea party groups...

Employer Speech and Freedom of Association

Charles W. Baird, The Freeman I have argued that forcing a worker to submit to the will of a majority of his colleagues on the...

Institute for Justice Continues to Defend
 Landmark Free Speech Ruling

FIRST AMENDMENT, INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE “The irony here is that people and groups are gathering together to speak out against a case that protected the...

My Solution: How to Restore Freedom of Association and End Government Tyranny

By Selwyn Duke Unfortunately, many Americans have become injured to the trampling of freedom of association.  You can work your fingers to the bone starting...

Immigration, the Tea Parties, and Big Government

Steven Horwitz The Arizona law enabling police to ask for immigration papers or proof of citizenship of anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally has fanned the flames of an already hot debate over immigration. How these issues play out in the Tea Party movement will be interesting. Polling data indicate that Tea Partiers have a significant anti-immigration element to them. So, will people who claim to dislike big government be consistent and oppose this new law?

Forgotten Lines

David R. Henderson -- In the January 23, 2010, Los Angeles Times crossword puzzle, one of the clues was “Sassy reply to criticism.” The answer: “It’s a free country.” Why do I find this so striking? For two reasons. First, when I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, not many people around me considered that a sassy reply.