POLICY PRINCIPLES

We develop our policy principles through discussions at our policy forums and other events and activities. These principles are an evolving document.

Policy Area: Fiscal and Monetary Policy for a Free Society

During the Covid pandemic, the governments of the west shut down the economy with one hand and bailed it out with the other, taking over large parts of the private economy. They abused the concept of an emergency to justify their actions. Governments must become more decentralized, and policy actions must be taken that limit the state’s use of emergency powers.

The objectives of the OECD now include establishing a tax cartel. The objectives of the IMF now include urging more government spending. Individual countries should ask whether these institutions in fact serve the needs of the people, and the influence of the World Economic Forum must be scrutinized.

Government policy should restore a culture of work, ensuring that individuals receive the proper incentives for building human capital, entering the labor market, and contributing to the economy. Government safety nets should aim to reduce poverty while focusing on incentives and long-term economic outcomes, stopping cycles of government dependence, and targeting individual success and dignity of beneficiaries.

Politically independent institutions that tabulate the true costs and evidence-based impacts of public policies are necessary to prevent the wasting of taxpayer resources and governments acting for the benefit of powerful special interests but not the will of the people.

These policies include placing limits on central bank activities, and also disrupting the central bank money monopoly by opening up to competition from private digital currencies.

This includes limiting central government interference into state and local government policy, and implementing anti-bailout mechanisms to prevent central governments from bailing out state and local governments that have their own taxing and borrowing powers.

International tax policy should return to a recognition of the sovereign rights of countries to set their own tax policy and engage in tax competition, while also seeking to address double taxation, promote more efficient tax systems, and limit the influence of harmful government bureaucracies on economic growth.

Policy Area: Health Care Autonomy and Privacy

Government failures to do so represent a historical turning point in the relationship between the state and the individual, and we have not yet seen or fully understood the consequences. The State’s concern for the public as a whole should not overrule all personal liberties and the exercise of fundamental rights in a free society. Personal privacy about health, freedom of movement, and association with others should not be subject to government limitation. And the individual, not the State, holds the sole right to choose injection of experimental drugs and must not have limits set on private activities if one refuses those injections.

Any extension beyond an initial short period must always be considered through fully transparent public debate and a legislative process. Even if emergency government mandates and restrictions would be deemed appropriate, only in the most extraordinary circumstances should constitutional rights and freedoms be suspended, and in those rare instances, that restriction of individual rights must always be very short term. If that emergency state is used to impose such actions, it requires clear and compelling evidence, and that justification must be continually demonstrated to the public.

It is vital to ensure diligent oversight and public scrutiny of government action, free and open debate, and an unbiased media as the interface between government and the public for complex and often technical topics, and as the overseeing body to government authority on behalf of the public. This helps assure that government action can be guided by a clear and moral ethical compass and that public trust can be restored.

In the pandemic, they were most harmful to society’s most vulnerable groups – the elderly, lower income groups, single-parent families, and children – while relatively sparing the affluent and elite members of society. This helps to ensure that any imposed regulations and policies reflect the diversity of local conditions and populations, and so that such restrictions reflect the will of the people rather than a centralized authority without accountability.

Citizens respond well to recommendations and act sensibly when trusted; on the other hand, top-down decrees and mandates provoke distrust, generate pushback, and can ultimately be counterproductive to the original policy goals.

During the management of the pandemic, advising bodies to elected authorities was taken as official rules and regulations. This was a fracture in the trust and expectation of the public in the expected leadership of elected officials, who abrogated their privilege of decision-making by delegating that authority to unelected individuals who were never permitted such authority by the public.

Policy Area: Reversing the Ideological Capture of Universities

Higher education policies should prioritize restoring the free exchange of ideas and ensuring that universities are ideologically diverse, rather than dominated by any single ideology.

Diversity, Equity Inclusion (DEI) bureaucracies, DEI general education requirements, and required DEI statements by current or prospective faculty are impositions of a social ideology and should be eliminated.

There is increasing evidence that educational institutions are illegally using race and sex in hiring, evaluation, and admissions. It is acceptable and necessary to pursue legal remedies in these cases.

Public universities must not be unaccountable fiefdoms into which state legislatures spend taxpayer money without accountability.

Similarly, Congress should condition all tax preferences for educational institutions on that basis.

Those conditions should be implemented by the funding agencies, including America’s National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, as well as the US Congress.

Universities that practice viewpoint discrimination would forfeit their students’ eligibility for all financial assistance authorized under Title IV of the HEA.

The freedom of faculty to engage in any and all political speech outside of their official duties without reprisal must be safeguarded.

POLICY PRINCIPLES

We develop our policy principles through discussions at our policy forums and other events and activities. These principles are an evolving document.

Policy Area: Fiscal and Monetary Policy for a Free Society

During the Covid pandemic, the governments of the west shut down the economy with one hand and bailed it out with the other, taking over large parts of the private economy. They abused the concept of an emergency to justify their actions. Governments must become more decentralized, and policy actions must be taken that limit the state’s use of emergency powers.

The objectives of the OECD now include establishing a tax cartel. The objectives of the IMF now include urging more government spending. Individual countries should ask whether these institutions in fact serve the needs of the people, and the influence of the World Economic Forum must be scrutinized.

Government policy should restore a culture of work, ensuring that individuals receive the proper incentives for building human capital, entering the labor market, and contributing to the economy. Government safety nets should aim to reduce poverty while focusing on incentives and long-term economic outcomes, stopping cycles of government dependence, and targeting individual success and dignity of beneficiaries.

Politically independent institutions that tabulate the true costs and evidence-based impacts of public policies are necessary to prevent the wasting of taxpayer resources and governments acting for the benefit of powerful special interests but not the will of the people.

These policies include placing limits on central bank activities, and also disrupting the central bank money monopoly by opening up to competition from private digital currencies.

This includes limiting central government interference into state and local government policy, and implementing anti-bailout mechanisms to prevent central governments from bailing out state and local governments that have their own taxing and borrowing powers.

International tax policy should return to a recognition of the sovereign rights of countries to set their own tax policy and engage in tax competition, while also seeking to address double taxation, promote more efficient tax systems, and limit the influence of harmful government bureaucracies on economic growth.

Policy Area: Health Care Autonomy and Privacy

Government failures to do so represent a historical turning point in the relationship between the state and the individual, and we have not yet seen or fully understood the consequences. The State’s concern for the public as a whole should not overrule all personal liberties and the exercise of fundamental rights in a free society. Personal privacy about health, freedom of movement, and association with others should not be subject to government limitation. And the individual, not the State, holds the sole right to choose injection of experimental drugs and must not have limits set on private activities if one refuses those injections.

Any extension beyond an initial short period must always be considered through fully transparent public debate and a legislative process. Even if emergency government mandates and restrictions would be deemed appropriate, only in the most extraordinary circumstances should constitutional rights and freedoms be suspended, and in those rare instances, that restriction of individual rights must always be very short term. If that emergency state is used to impose such actions, it requires clear and compelling evidence, and that justification must be continually demonstrated to the public.

It is vital to ensure diligent oversight and public scrutiny of government action, free and open debate, and an unbiased media as the interface between government and the public for complex and often technical topics, and as the overseeing body to government authority on behalf of the public. This helps assure that government action can be guided by a clear and moral ethical compass and that public trust can be restored.

In the pandemic, they were most harmful to society’s most vulnerable groups – the elderly, lower income groups, single-parent families, and children – while relatively sparing the affluent and elite members of society. This helps to ensure that any imposed regulations and policies reflect the diversity of local conditions and populations, and so that such restrictions reflect the will of the people rather than a centralized authority without accountability.

Citizens respond well to recommendations and act sensibly when trusted; on the other hand, top-down decrees and mandates provoke distrust, generate pushback, and can ultimately be counterproductive to the original policy goals.

During the management of the pandemic, advising bodies to elected authorities was taken as official rules and regulations. This was a fracture in the trust and expectation of the public in the expected leadership of elected officials, who abrogated their privilege of decision-making by delegating that authority to unelected individuals who were never permitted such authority by the public.

Policy Area: Reversing the Ideological Capture of Universities

Higher education policies should prioritize restoring the free exchange of ideas and ensuring that universities are ideologically diverse, rather than dominated by any single ideology.

Diversity, Equity Inclusion (DEI) bureaucracies, DEI general education requirements, and required DEI statements by current or prospective faculty are impositions of a social ideology and should be eliminated.

There is increasing evidence that educational institutions are illegally using race and sex in hiring, evaluation, and admissions. It is acceptable and necessary to pursue legal remedies in these cases.

Public universities must not be unaccountable fiefdoms into which state legislatures spend taxpayer money without accountability.

Similarly, Congress should condition all tax preferences for educational institutions on that basis.

Those conditions should be implemented by the funding agencies, including America’s National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, as well as the US Congress.

Universities that practice viewpoint discrimination would forfeit their students’ eligibility for all financial assistance authorized under Title IV of the HEA.

The freedom of faculty to engage in any and all political speech outside of their official duties without reprisal must be safeguarded.