Regardless of other economic, political and social implications of Britain's vote yesterday to depart…
CFIF on Twitter CFIF on YouTube
Brexit Highlights the Enduring Value of Federalism

Regardless of other economic, political and social implications of Britain's vote yesterday to depart the European Union, it highlights a value at the core of America's governmental system:  federalism.

On this side of the Atlantic, decades of almost uninterrupted centralization of authority at the national level has necessarily come at the expense of more localized decisionmaking.  Our own unfortunate experience has been an increasingly homogenized, sterilized, conformist, bureaucratic, technocratic, remote, suffocating, uniform, top-down, one-size-fits-all leviathan.  Ironically, those on the political left who so often pretend to value "diversity" defend that erosion of federalism most enthusiastically.  They expose themselves as intolerant of true diversity, freedom and independence…[more]

June 24, 2016 • 01:52 pm

Liberty Update

CFIFs latest news, commentary and alerts delivered to your inbox.
Jester's CourtroomLegal tales stranger than stranger than fiction: Ridiculous and sometimes funny lawsuits plaguing our courts.
Opportunity Versus Outcomes
By Thomas Sowell
Tuesday, September 15 2015
A hostile review of my new book -- "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" -- said, "there is apparently no level of inequality of income or opportunity that Thomas Sowell would consider unacceptable." Ordinarily, reviewers who miss the whole point of a book they are reviewing can be ignored. But this particular confusion about what opportunity means is far too widespread, far beyond a particular reviewer of a particular book. That makes it a confusion worth clearing up, because it affects so many other discussions of very serious issues. "Wealth, Poverty and Politics" does…
 
America's Reckless Refuge for Jihad
On the anniversary week of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Obama is rolling out the welcome mat…
Read more...
Obama Administration Suffers "Significant Defeat" in Court
This week, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. issued what even The New York Times acknowledged constitutes…
Read more...
 
The Way of the Whigs?
Political parties come and go. The Federalist Party, which dominated the American political scene during…
Read more...
Democrats, Republicans and Mushroom Clouds
The Democratic Party has been weak-minded on defense for decades, but with the Iran capitulation, they've…
Read more...
 
Meet Candy Carson: The Anti-Michelle Obama
After nearly eight years of the East Wing's politics of mope and complain, it's refreshing to see a presidential…
Read more...
The Past and Future of the Refugee Crisis
The refugee crisis in Europe is one of those human tragedies for which there are no real solutions, despite…
Read more...
 
ObamaCare's Bill Comes Due: Premium Hikes Up to 36.3% Coming
During the first two years under ObamaCare, health insurers remained unable to assess what rates they…
Read more...
When Persuasion Fails, Gun Control Groups Resort to Fearmongering
The clash between Americans who exercise their constitutional right to bear arms and proponents of gun…
Read more...
 
Denali and the "I Don’t Give a Damn" Presidency
I’ve long held the minority viewpoint that the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution — limiting…
Read more...
10 Years After Katrina, Failed Global Warming Prophecies Accumulate
Like so much flotsam and jetsam, failed global warming prophecies accumulate a decade after Hurricane…
Read more...
Question of the Week   
Which one of the following incumbent First Ladies was the first to officially address party delegates at the Democratic or Republican National Conventions?
More Questions
Quote of the Day   
 
"LONDON -- British voters didn't just shock the world and the financial markets by voting to leave the European Union hours ago: They also ignored President Barack Obama, handed Hillary Clinton a potential economic burden and injected new energy into the populist currents roiling politics on both sides of the Atlantic. ... A Brexit represents nothing less than the partial splintering of the world'…[more]
 
 
—Joseph J. Schatz and Ben White, POLITICO
— Joseph J. Schatz and Ben White, POLITICO
 
Liberty Poll   

While the UK’s vote to exit the European Union will produce a period of global economic and political turmoil, does it make you feel more optimistic or more pessimistic about the long-term future?