Right-to-Work Press Conference Held in Downtown Flint

Today, supporters of a right-to-work law in Michigan held press conferences in locations around the state. Five of those supporters appeared in downtown Flint. The main speaker, Stacy Swimp, President of the Fredrick Douglas Foundation of Michigan, addressed the crowd, saying: “All employees should be free to join and financially support a labor union if they choose,…

Municipal Consolidation: Saving Money or Growing Government?

In an effort to combat bloated government spending in the state, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to provide incentives for municipalities to consolidate. By combining local units of government, Gov. Snyder is hoping to create economies of scale and reduce local government expenditures. But before Michigan charges ahead on a consolidation crusade, a look at…

A Centrally Planned Birthday Party (It’s Late)

Sunday, June 5, marked 128 years since the birth of economist John Maynard Keynes. Like any good libertarian, I refused to acknowledge it. Then I stumbled across this quote attributed to him, “Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of…

The Good Life, No. 5: Change

There’s a bright spot of opportunity on the horizon, but how conservatives approach it will determine whether it turns out to be a supernova of social change or merely the mirage of what could have been. The 2012 presidential election draws steadily closer, cutting its way to the front of our minds through a frenzy…

1914 by Wilfred Owen

E. Wesley – Mackinac Center Intern I won’t have time to post anything big since I’m preparing for an Intern University lecture. However, in keeping with the Russell Kirk theme, here’s a little poetic description of the beginning of the “Time of Trouble”: WWI. In this poem, Wilfred Owen points out the end of a…

On Charity

How can we best confront the problem of human want and poverty?  Two competing schools of thought frequently clash in this arena, painting two opposite pictures of what can most benefit the poor.  The first school is dedicated to personal charity and philanthropy, while the second seeks governmental redistribution of wealth.  While both systems seek…

Friends, Freedom and Facebook

I have been a fan of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a long time, but it was not official until I decided to friend them on facebook! Facebook has millions of users and has changed the way people communicate, advertise and share their thoughts. Facebook is the dominant social network in most countries,…

‘Atlas Shrugged’ Coming to Life? The Real-Life Rearden Metal.

This story was originally posted on Students For Liberty’s blog. In “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand forewarned that the ever-growing mindset placing society over the individual is destructive to economic creativity.  Hank Rearden, one of Rand’s central characters, is a self-made entrepreneur. He invents Rearden Metal, which is an alloy stronger, lighter, and cheaper than steel. Turns…