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  • CEI’s Year in Review: Defending Freedom and Promoting Free Markets

    December 31, 2015

    Throughout 2015, CEI’s experts worked to promote limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty, always making the uncompromising case for economic freedom. This past year was a busy one as we sought to protect these principles—and the entrepreneurs and innovators who depend on them—from big government bureaucrats, special interest groups, and the onerous regulations they seek to implement.

    Below are some of CEI’s top articles from this past year, highlighting our experts’ research and analysis on regulatory reform issues from technology to finance to energy.

  • CEI Looks Ahead to 2016

    December 31, 2015
    Four years ago, I had the privilege—and the daunting task—of searching for a new president to lead CEI, when founder Fred Smith decided it was time for him to step down. Our six-person search committee set out to find an intelligent and charismatic leader with a positive vision for defending individual liberty and free enterprise, and the focus to lead us toward achieving those goals. We pored over scores of resumes, held dozens of interviews with many highly qualified candidates, and eventually selected Lawson Bader as our unanimous choice to be the next CEI president. Following an organization’s founder as president is a formidable job. But Lawson rose to the challenge, and he proudly led CEI in some of its most important battles: fighting the Obama administration’s energy rationing policies, the National Labor Relations Board’s onerous employment rules, the Treasury Department and...
  • Bureaucracy Unbound: 2015 Is Another Record Year For The Federal Register

    December 30, 2015

    With one day to go in 2015, the Federal Register tops off at 81,611 pages. That’s higher than last year at 77,687 pages and higher than it’s ever been at 81,405 in 2010.

    The presidential “pen and phone” have been hyperactive. In fact, six of the seven...

  • 2015 – The Year of Equity Crowdfunding

    December 29, 2015

    As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time for year-end retrospectives, in which the past year is proclaimed the “year of” something. So in that spirit, I declare 2015 to be the Year of Equity Crowdfunding. Some proclaimed 2012 the “Year of Crowdfunding. But 2015 has been the year that regulatory barriers to equity crowdfunding slowly but surely began to fall at the state and federal level.

    As I explain in my rcent paper, “Declaration of Crowdfunding Independence,” significant regulatory roadblocks – including laws more than 80 years old – have stopped entrepreneurs...

  • RealClear Radio Hour: Legacies of Empire & A New Magna Carta

    December 28, 2015

    The modern regulatory state, created to reign in so-called “robber barons,” has come to be ruled by autonomous agencies acting like “barons in monarchies.” This week on RealClear Radio Hour, I’m joined by two guests who challenge this model and remember, celebrate, and defend our patrimony of free enterprise.

    My first guest is Fred Smith, founder and past president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Director of the Center for Advancing Capitalism. Fred takes a historical look at the persisting tension between free marketers and progressives. He celebrates the oft-vilified leaders of America’s Industrial Revolution—from James J. Hill to John D. Rockefeller—for ushering in the Age of Enterprise.

     

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  • CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    December 28, 2015

    78 new regulations, from drones to ground beef.

  • Washington Says Merry Christmas With 80,000 Pages Of Regulation

    December 23, 2015

    There may be a federal war on coal in the ground, but Washington has plenty of coal for your Christmas stocking. The Federal Register—where federal agencies’ daily rules, regulations, notices, guidance documents, bulletins and other “dark matter” accumulate—just topped 80,000 pages for 2015.

  • Holiday Liquor Laws: Where to Buy Your Christmas Cup of Cheer

    December 23, 2015
    Nobody wants to drive an hour over the border just to get booze, especially on Christmas Day. However, 27 states in the union still have blue laws—hangover regulations from Prohibition—that could cause headaches for those shoppers who failed to finish their alcohol shopping early.
  • Scrooge Was the Ultimate Job Creator

    December 22, 2015

    In a 2013 essay for Forbes that is quickly becoming a Christmas classic, my colleague Fred Smith took a fresh look at the character of Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. Scrooge’s name has long been synonymous with joyless greed, but this piece takes a different view of old Ebenezer’s refusal to donate to the poor or pay an employee for hours he didn’t work.

    Looking back to his childhood in the Sixth Ward of Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish, Fred recounts how locals who had started a small business would quickly be pressured into hiring unemployed family members and friends who, more often than not, contributed little to the profitability of the enterprise. In the end, most of these businesses doubling as community welfare schemes went under.                 

    But there was one entrepreneur in Sixth...

  • RealClear Radio Hour: Mom, Boogey Man, and Popehat

    December 21, 2015

    Legal and cultural restrictions on choice and speech are ever growing in today’s society. From chilling speech codes on college campuses to crippling laws on child rearing, Americans have been dealing with intrusive government officials for far too long. This week on RealClear Radio Hour, I’m joined by two guests well acquainted with such overreach.

    My first guest is climate scientist and free-range mom Danielle Meitiv. Danielle recounts how she, her husband, and their young children were repeatedly and crudely accosted, detained, and interrogated by the police and Child Protective Services in Maryland for letting the children play and walk in their quiet suburban neighborhood unescorted.  Find out why she’s suing to help end such abuses.

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