Director of the Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, former professor at Northwood University

Archived Articles

UpdGeorge Leef: FFF Writings
since Nov 1995

Writings

UpdA National Wealth Tax to Fund Education?, 25 Mar 2005
Examines a proposal from Robert Reich to do away with local property taxes and instead levy a national wealth tax to fund public education
"... public education follows a socialist recipe and we get educational results that are the equivalent of Soviet-built cars. ... Poor people can buy high-quality food, clothing, and other necessities because they get the benefit of a free market in those things. For good education, what they need is a free market in schools. "
Related Topic: Educational Freedom
UpdAn End to Eminent Domain Abuse?, Future of Freedom, Apr 2005
Published just two months before the unfortunate Kelo v. City of New London U.S. Supreme Court decision, expressed hope that the court would rectify the 1954 Berman v. Parker ruling
"The U.S. Constitution's Fifth Amendment states that government shall not take private property except for 'public use' and must then pay 'just compensation' for it. Sad to say, governments now routinely take land for projects that can be termed 'public use' only by distorting the meaning of words, and, to make matters worse, the owners seldom receive anything close to 'just compensation.' For many landowners, eminent domain is merely a fancy term for a legal mugging."
Book Review: A Sacred Union of Citizens—George Washington's Farewell Address and the American Character by M. Spalding & P. Garrity, The Freeman, Nov 1997
"... Washington extolled the virtues of just minding one's own business. If the character of most if not all of the people were to be formed around that simple maxim, people would turn away from the seduction of politics. ... warned ... against allowing even the slightest weakening of the Constitution's restraints upon governmental power ..."
Related Topic: George Washington
Book Review:: Libertarians and Liberalism: Essays in Honour of Gerard Radnitzky edited by Hardy Bouillon, The Freeman, Jul 1997
"Antony Flew's Social Democracy and the Myth of Social Justice ... improves upon Hayek's criticism, taking pains to argue that social justice as customarily conceived is precisely not a kind of justice. He leaves in tatters the theories of Rawls and other contemporary advocates of the idea that state-sanctioned coercion can make for a more just world."
Related Topic: Antony Flew
Book Review: The War Against Boys: How Misguided Feminism Is Harming Our Young Men by Christina Hoff Sommers, The Freeman, Jan 2001
"Sommers saves her counterattack for last, strongly arguing that the problem is not patriarchy, capitalism, or anything other than the fact that our educational system has for the most part stopped giving boys what they need: discipline, order, and challenges. In the schools where those things are present, boys improve both academically and behaviorally."
Related Topic: Christina Hoff Sommers
UpdHousing Discrimination Laws and the Continuing Erosion of Property Rights, Future of Freedom, May 1999
Related Topic: Property Rights
Islam and the Discovery of Freedom: A Message of Liberty for Muslims and Non-Muslims Alike, The Freeman, Sep 1998
Book review of Islam and the Discovery of Freedom, based on Rose Wilder Lane's book, with an introduction and commentary by Imad-Ad-Dean Ahmad
"Far from being synonymous with intolerance and bloodshed, Islam has a history of peace and respect for individual rights. One famous exponent of freedom who knew that was Rose Wilder Lane. Her original book, The Discovery of Freedom, contains an abundance of information on the golden era of Islamic civilization, particularly the role that free markets played in that remarkably progressive and virtually stateless society."
Related Topics: Rose Wilder Lane, Magna Carta
Upd"Liberal" Court Okays Eminent Domain Abuse, 1 Jul 2005
"Going back to 1954, the Court has allowed property seizures where the reason is ... for a private investment where it is alleged that there will be a public benefit. ... Even if some project should prove to be commercially profitable, there isn't much reason to believe that 'the public' will receive 'substantial benefits.'"
UpdMisguided Democracy, Future of Freedom, Mar 2006
A review of Attention Deficit Democracy by James Bovard
"What if, however, the state becomes so omnipotent that the elections under democracy are virtually meaningless? What if 'throwing the rascals out' means only replacing them with other rascals? ... Under those conditions, it might be the case that democracy is just a delusion — a fancy, elaborate ritual in which the results of elections scarcely matter."
Related Topics: Democracy, James Bovard, Voting
Piercing through Myths, Lies, and Stupidity, Future of Freedom, Aug 2006
"John Stossel, anchor of the ABC News program 20/20, is a rarity among the ranks of American media personalities. He's a skeptic when it comes to everything except freedom. ... Over the years, he has made a very good career in TV journalism, poking holes in the self-inflated posturing of union leaders, environmental zealots, businessmen who demand government favors, and, most of all, politicians."
The Federal Ripoff, Future of Freedom, Nov 2006
Review of The Big Ripoff: How Big Business and Big Government Steal Your Money by Timothy P. Carney
"Today, nearly every business, either on its own or through a trade association, employs lobbyists who try to steer government policy in a 'favorable' direction. Sometimes, the political game is played defensively ... Often, however, businesses seek to use governmental power to raise prices, stifle competition, and obtain inputs it needs at artificially low prices."
The Nightmare of the New Deal, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Dec 2007
Review of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes
"Shlaes isn't the first writer to try to set the historical record straight and undermine the fawning adulation usually given to Roosevelt, but her book may succeed more than all the others put together because it's (a) nonacademic and (b) published by a major house. Except for die-hard statists, this book will at least cause readers to smirk next time they read that Franklin Roosevelt was one of our 'great' presidents."
The Nightmare of the New Deal, Part 2, Future of Freedom, Jan 2008
Review of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes
"Shlaes recounts a radio debate Willkie had with one of Roosevelt's lawyers, Robert Jackson, later named to the Supreme Court. Willkie had come to see that, as Shlaes writes, 'while Roosevelt might call himself a liberal, the inexorable New Deal emphasis on the group over the individual was not liberal in the classic sense.'"
UpdWartime Attacks on Civil Liberties, Future of Freedom, Dec 2005
Review of Perilous Times: Free Speech in Wartime: From the Sedition Act of 1798 to the War on Terrorism by Geoffrey R. Stone
"If it is true ... that war is the health of the state, it is equally true ... that war is the sickness of individual liberty. The state always menaces its people with an array of orders, prohibitions, and confiscations, but never so much as in times of war, when it can count on widespread support for all measures said to be necessary to ensure victory."
Related Topics: War, Freedom of Speech

Books Authored

Free Choice for Workers: A History of the Right to Work Movement, Sep 2005
Related Topic: Labor