Liberty Fund

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Liberty Fund
Cuneiform amagi.png
Founded 1960; 57 years ago (1960)
Founder Pierre F. Goodrich
Purpose Educational
Location
  • 11301 N. Meridian Street, Carmel, IN 46032
Method Publishing, conferences
Website www.libertyfund.org

Liberty Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation[2] headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana which promulgates the libertarian views of its founder, Pierre F. Goodrich[3] through publishing, conferences, and educational resources. The operating mandate of the Liberty Fund was set forth in an unpublished memo written by Mr. Goodrich "to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals".[4][5]

History[edit]

Liberty Fund was founded by Pierre F. Goodrich in 1960. In 1997 it received an $80 million donation from Goodrich's wife, Enid, increasing its assets to over $300 million.[5][6]

In November 2015, it was announced that the Liberty Fund was building a $22 million headquarters in Carmel, Indiana.[7][8]

Projects[edit]

The foundation has published several books covering history, politics, philosophy, law, education, and economics. These include The Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith (Glasgow Edition), The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo (Sraffa edition), Liberty Fund’s Natural Law and Enlightenment Series and Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America (Historical-Critical Edition).[9][10]

Organizations:

Reception[edit]

In his book The Assault on Reason, former U.S. Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore wrote that between 2002 and 2004, 97% of the attendees at Liberty Fund training seminars for judges were Republican administration appointees. Gore suggests that such conferences and seminars are one of the reasons that judges who regularly attend such conferences "are generally responsible for writing the most radical pro-corporate, antienvironmental, and activist decisions". Referring to what he calls the "Big Three", the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, George Mason University's Law & Economics Center (LEC), and the Liberty Fund he adds, "These groups are not providing unbiased judicial education. They are giving multithousand-dollar vacations to federal judges to promote their radical right-wing agenda at the expense of the public interest."[19]

Liberty Fund has been cited by historian Donald T. Critchlow as one of the endowed conservative foundations which laid the way for the election of U.S. President Ronald Reagan in 1980.[20]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Ama-gi is interpreted by the Liberty Fund to be the earliest-known written appearance of the word "freedom", or "liberty", taken from a clay document written about 2300 BCE in the Sumerian city-state of Lagash. See: Logo
  2. ^ Simon, Scott (March 28, 2009). "Sarah Palin as Dorothy? We're Not in Kansas". Weekend Edition – Saturday. NPR. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Rojc, Philip (July 27, 2016). "Rightward, Ho! Ten Top Funders Behind the Surging Libertarian Movement". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 
  4. ^ Morgan N. Knull, Goodrich, Pierre, First Principles, 09/23/11
  5. ^ a b Robert T. Grimm (ed.), Notable American Philanthropists: Biographies of Giving and Volunteering, Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002, pp. 125–28
  6. ^ "Gift pulls Liberty out of shadows". Indianapolis Business Journal. IBJ Corporation. June 30, 1997. Retrieved September 8, 2013. Because the conferences are scattered across the globe and because they attract only elite thinkers, the fund attracts little attention in Indianapolis outside its Allison Pointe offices. 
  7. ^ "Liberty Fund building $22M headquarters in Carmel". Indy Star. Retrieved 3 November 2015. 
  8. ^ https://catalog.libertyfund.org/home.html?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage.tpl&product_id=1379
  9. ^ http://freebeacon.com/culture/review-russ-roberts-how-adam-smith-can-save-your-life/
  10. ^ http://www.csus.edu/econ/syllabus_101_03_s15.pdf
  11. ^ http://www.valuewalk.com/2017/02/sugar-weight-loss/
  12. ^ https://liberty-review.org/liberty-fund-links/
  13. ^ LCCN 2007-15993; OCLC 237794267, 750248783, 730302176; ISBN 978-0865976658, 0865976651, 978-0865976665, 086597666X
  14. ^ "The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Brief Article) (Book Review)". Reference & Research Book News. Portland, OR: Book News, Inc.  – via HighBeam Research (subscription required). May 1, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ * [http://www.econlib.org/library/CEEAuthors.html CEE Authors]
    Laureates include: James Tobin, George Stigler, Gary Becker and Thomas J. Sargent.
  16. ^ "The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. (Brief article) (Book review)". Internet Bookwatch. Midwest Book Review. December 1, 2007. Retrieved September 8, 2013 – via HighBeam Research. 
  17. ^ LCCN 92-50535
  18. ^ [http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/CEEAuthors.html "Browse the CEE [1st edition, 1998] by Author"] Check |url= value (help). Library of Economics and Liberty. Liberty Fund. 
  19. ^ Gore, Al (2007). The Assault on Reason. Penguin Press. p. 234. ISBN 978-1-59420-122-6. 
  20. ^ Critchlow, Donald. "Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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