Grasshoppers and Grasshoppettes: Let Us Give Thanks

by Samurai Appliance Repair Man on November 25, 2004

in Gubmint

This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for the all the bright voices of Liberty vigilantly watching the steady trespassing of government meddling in our lives and dutifully sounding the alarm. Below is a list of some of guardians of freedom for whom I am especially grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!


The Adam Smith Institute
  The ASI is Britain’s leading innovator of market economic policies. Since 1977, it has played a key role in the analysis and development of public policies and has published over 300 influential policy reports. It has been part of a worldwide movement towards free markets and free trade.

Advocates for Self-Government
  Find out whether you’re a Libertarian and just don’t realize it… take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz.

American Legislative Exchange Council – ALEC
  More than a quarter century ago, a small group of state legislators and conservative policy advocates met in Chicago to implement a vision: A bipartisan membership association for conservative state lawmakers who shared a common belief in limited government, free markets, federalism, and individual liberty.
Alliance for the Separation of School & State  The Alliance is a grass-roots non-profit organization dedicated to rediscovering the original American public education system — privately operated, open to the public.
American Policy Center A privately funded, nonprofit grassroots action and education foundation, dedicated to the promotion of free enterprise and limited government regulations over commerce and individuals. Excellent source about the “Green agenda”, “sustainability”, “Goals 2000.”
Anti-War.com If you want no-holds-barred reality about war, Anti-War.com is it. This site is devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, “greens,” and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism.
Ballot Access News   Richard Winger’s always-current information on ballot access issues from around the U.S.
The Bill of Rights Defense Committee  “Talk to your friends, talk to your community, talk to the people in Northampton. Start a Bill of Rights Defense Committee in your own town or city, and try and pass similar legislation where you live. The more places that fight back against the “Patriot” Act, the weaker it becomes.”
Capitalist Chicks   In a Capitalistic society where all minds are free to create and produce, women have been trail blazing in fields that were once male dominated. We are doctors, lawyers, astronauts, engineers, athletes, CEO’s, and even geeks and gamers. Capitalist Chicks: we are the productive women of the up and coming generation.
Capital Research Center  was established in 1984 to study critical issues in philanthropy, with a special focus on non-profit “public interest” and advocacy groups, the funding sources which sustain them, their agendas (open and hidden), and their impact on public policy and society.
Capitalism Magazine  is a daily magazine providing articles from a pro-capitalist, laissez-faire, pro-individual rights perspective. Seven days a week Capitalism Magazine readers are treated to an intellectual feast of ideas that help them defend the values they hold dear.
CapWeb  A good starting point for Federal information, CapWeb was designed to be an effective means of providing information about Congress and links to related Internet resources via the World Wide Web.
Castle Coalition This website seeks to give you ideas and tools to wage this battle [eminent domain] yourself, in your own community. It is also our hope that the Castle Coalition will be a way for activists to network with each other and give support, ideas, and advice.
The Cato Institute  Promoting public policy based on individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace.
Citizens Against Government Waste  Billed as America’s #1 taxpayer watchdog, CAGW is the source of the annual Congressional Pig Book covering pork-barrel expenditures.
Citizens for a Sound Economy … recruits, educates, trains and mobilizes hundreds of thousands of volunteer activists to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom.
The Competitive Enterprise Institute   a pro-market, public policy group committed to advancing the principles of free enterprise and limited government. Founded in 1984 by Fred L. Smith, Jr., CEI emphasizes the marketing and implementation of classical liberal ideals.
cyberSLAPP   is sponsored by a coalition of civil liberties and privacy groups (listed below) who have come together to protect the right to speak freely and anonymously on the internet. That right is endangered by a new form of lawsuit, called a “CyberSLAPP” suit, which threatens to overturn the promise of anonymous online speech and chill the freedom of expression that is central to the online world.
Evergreen Freedom Foundation As a public policy research organization based in Olympia, Washington, the Evergreen Freedom Foundation is contributing to the renewal of civil government around the time-honored truths of freedom, justice, sacrifice, and stewardship. These ideals are permanent; they transcend politics.
F.E.A.R.   Forfeiture Endangers American Rights… an organization fighting against unconstitutional, immoral government seizure of private property. If YOU are a victim of forfeiture, go to Help for Victims or email to victims@fear.org or phone 888-FEAR-001
F.E.E.   The Foundation for Economic Education, the oldest research organization dedicated to the preservation of individual freedom and the private property order.
FACT  An example of a valuable site that survived on one man’s passion. The award-winning FACT Web site is intended to be a resource for anyone wanting to learn about the First Amendment. It provides information on all the liberties guaranteed by the amendment.
FEC Info (now part of PoliticalMoneyLine)  Web site built by the former webmaster of the Federal Elections Commission… this is the site he TRIED to get the FEC to offer to the public. Very complete and easy to use. A place to discover who gave what to which Federal candidates when. Updated the same day the data becomes available.
FIRE  …is a nonprofit educational foundation devoted to free speech, individual liberty, religious freedom, the rights of conscience, legal equality, due process, and academic freedom on our nation’s campuses.
the Free Radical  Politics, Economics and Life as if Freedom Mattered- is a New Zealand-based Objectivist/libertarian magazine, the only one of its kind in this country, currently published bi-monthly.
Freedom.org  Our mission is to assist and encourage individuals and organizations to advance America’s vision of individual freedom, private property rights, free markets, and national sovereignty. This site covers Sovereignty International, Environmental Conservation Organization, Environmental Perspectives, Inc., and Freedom Week
Freedom’s Nest  Great minds at your finger tips! Quotations, categorized by subject and by author… an excellent source of quotations, especially on the general subjects around freedom.

FIJA- the Fully-Informed Jury Association
  This group is working to protect the Constitutional right that is an important protection against an oppressive government and any bad laws.
The Future of Freedom Foundation   FFF aims to influence the course of thinking so that individuals abandon a commitment to the philosophy of socialism, the welfare state, and the managed economy and move toward the philosophy of freedom.
The World Wide Web Gun Defense Clock  Author J. Neil Schulman’s site showing the number of times a gun is used defensively. Also contains a lot of research information about gun use.
Gun Owners of America   GOA remains the only national organization that is actively pushing the Citizen’s Self-Defense Act designed to protect innocent civilians, who use a gun in self-defense, from anti-gun prosecutors. GOA is also the only national organization fighting to repeal the Brady instant “registration” check, and is alone in pushing truly constitutional CCW legislation that allows law-abiding citizens to carry a firearm without a permit.
Healing Our WorldThe Other Piece of the Puzzle A truly remarkable book by Dr. Mary J. Ruwart  This is the way Liberty should be presented to the world.
The Heartland Institute  Founded in 1984, Heartland was the first think tank in the nation to focus on free-market solutions to state and local public policy problems. Today, it has a staff of eight and a budget of $1.2 million.
The Heritage Foundation Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institute – a think tank – whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.
iFeminists.com  A portal for 21st century feminism, edited by Wendy McElroy. Includes an introduction to the ifeminist movement, opportunities for personal interaction, and a wealth of resources.
Institute for Humane Studies  from George Mason University, IHS is a unique organization that assists undergraduate and graduate students who have a special interest in individual liberty.
Institute for Justice If you seek a courtroom champion for individual liberty, free market solutions, and limited government, look only as far as the Institute for Justice. Welcome to the site of the public interest law firm that’s in court on behalf of your rights.
International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL) is an association of individuals and organizations dedicated to building a free and peaceful world, respect for individual rights and liberties, and an open and competitive economic system based on voluntary exchange and free trade. The association exists to promote the exchange of information and ideas, to study diverse strategies and to foster fellowship.
IWF – the Independent Women’s Forum  Since 1992, the Independent Women’s Forum has been taking on the old feminist establishment – and winning. The women who make up the IWF are not radical ideologues. They’re businesswomen, economists, lawyers, truck drivers, police officers, teachers, and homemakers.
The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible:   A Free Market Odyssey By: Ken Schoolland – JG has been awarded the first annual Leonard Read Book Award, the Leavey Award for Excellence in Private Enterprise Education, September Book of the Month by Free-Market.Net of the Henry Hazlitt Foundation and has been Twice awarded the GEORGE WASHINGTON HONOR MEDALS.
The Junkman   The Junkman Science site… learn how we are constantly deceived by “scientific” studies used as justification for still more government control measures. The Junkman is qualified, scholarly, yet humorous.
KeepAndBearArms.com is about helping lawful people maintain their abilities to protect themselves and the people they love effectively from anyone who would do them harm – through legal, private ownership and use of guns. We also stand for the repealing of all gun laws which infringe on the civil rights of peaceable women and men to defend their own lives and property.
LewRockwell.com  Lew Rockwell, founder and president of the Mises Institute in Auburn, Ala., and vice president of the Center for Libertarian Studies in Burlingame, Cal., is an opponent of the central state, its wars and its socialism… and was a student and colleague of Murray N. Rothbard. A great site of essays by many commentators, all on anti-state, anti-war, pro-market issues.
Libertarian International   THE MISSION of LIBERTARIAN INTERNATIONAL is to coordinate various initiatives in the defense of individual liberty throughout the world. Formally, Libertarian International is a non-profit foundation registered in the Netherlands.
Libertarianz  is the Libertarian party of New Zealand, a libertarian/objectivist group with a very classy web site. Libertarianz is a very new but determined group that “shakes and moves”.
Libertarian Party (National)  National Philosophy and Positions, membership information, history, news and candidates from all over the nation
libertyguide.com  The ultimate e-guide to liberty, from the Institute for Humane Studies
Liberty Belles  Gun control increases violent crime by shifting the balance of power to the criminal while simultaneously disarming helpless victims. Women must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself. –Susan B. Anthony, July, 1871
Liberty For All From its meager conception to the international circulation that it now enjoys, Liberty For All has remained a beacon for an individual’s right to freely speak his/her mind as the founders intended from the birth of a nation.
Liberty Matters  Dedicated to Current Issues, Strategies and Public Policy of Constitutional Consequence.
LibertyStory.net  the largest web resource on the history of liberty – by Jim Powell, author of “Triumph of Liberty”, called a “literary achievement” by the Wall Street Times. Since 1988, Powell has been a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. Since 1992, he has been editor of Laissez Faire Books, the world’s largest source of books on liberty, with readers in 90 countries.
Living History Associates Ltd.  is a business which brings four centuries of memorable history to life for diverse audiences throughout Virginia, neighboring states, and occasionally out of the country. Living History Associates educates and entertains people of all ages through a variety of innovative services.
The Ludwig von Mises Institute  is the research and educational center of classical liberalism and the Austrian School of economics. Working in the intellectual tradition of Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) and Murray N. Rothbard (1926-1995), with a vast array of publications, programs, and fellowships.
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy … assists policy makers, scholars, business people, the media and the public by providing objective analysis of Michigan issues, and is broadening the debate on issues that has for many years been dominated by the belief that government intervention should be the standard solution.
Marijuana Policy Project works to minimize the harm associated with marijuana — both the consumption of marijuana, and the laws that are intended to prohibit such use. MPP believes that the greatest harm associated with marijuana is prison. To this end, MPP focuses on removing criminal penalties for marijuana use, with a particular emphasis on making marijuana medically available to seriously ill people who have the approval of their doctors.
The National Anxiety Center Online  Founded in 1990 by Alan Caruba, a veteran business and science writer, the National Anxiety Center is a response to all the “Earth is Doomed!” stories in the media.
The National Center of Policy Analysis  NCPA is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy research organization, established in 1983. The NCPA’s goal is to develop and promote private alternatives to government regulation and control, solving problems by relying on the strength of the competitive, entrepreneurial private sector./i>
National Wilderness Institute  NWI is dedicated to using science to guide the wise management of natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of people. NWI recognizes the direct, positive relationship between freedom and progress and environmental quality, and champions private stewardship which enhances nature’s bounty while encouraging economic growth.
The Objectivist Center  The goal of The Objectivist Center is to help create a new culture in our society, a culture in tune with the entrepreneurial spirit of the new economy, a culture that affirms the core Objectivist values of reason, individualism, freedom, and achievement.
Pacific Research Institute  The Pacific Research Institute (PRI), founded in 1979 promotes individual freedom and personal responsibility.
The Petition Project  We’ve all heard that there is a “scientific consensus” that Global Warming is a danger that must cause us to cut back on fossil-fuel usage. Here’s the REAL scientific consensus! Currently, there are 19,300 signers, of which 16,800 are real American scientists… 10 times the number who signed in support of the myth of Global Warming. read the Petition, and see the names of the signers
Pioneer Institute Massachusetts’ leading think tank, promotes research that challenges the conventional wisdom on public policy issues. Committed to individual freedom and responsibility, limited and accountable government, and the application of free market principles to state and local policy.
Pro Libertate a Swiss division of the International Society for Individual Liberty (ISIL): The Libertarian International Pro Libertate is an association for the promotion of libertarian ideas and their consequent applications to the different fields of economics, law and society. Pro Libertate advocates individual liberty based on the strict enforcement of property rights and the free will of everyone as well as true economic freedom as it is realized through laissez-faire capitalism and free-trade
Rational Review Home of the Rational Review News Digest, a free subscription daily news and commentary email, Rational Review was conceived as an answer to the conventional “conservative” and “liberal” commentary that dominates the American political scene. You’ll often find No Force, No Fraud articles in the RRND commentary section.
Reason Online the monthly print magazine of . free minds and free markets. It covers politics, culture, and ideas through a provocative mix of news, analysis, commentary, and reviews.
The Reason Foundation and magazine   A National Public-policy think tank. Reason magazine is one of the nations’s leading magazines of policy and politics.
The Robinson Curriculum  Self-Teaching K-12 Homeschool. The Complete Curriculum Home School Parents Have Been Waiting For Is Here. Teach your children to teach themselves and to acquire superior knowledge as did many of America’s most outstanding citizens in the days before socialism in education.
The Second Amendment Sisters  … came about in December 1999, when a group of women decided they had enough: enough of the distortion, the misrepresentation, and the reproach from the anti-Second Amendment crowd.
Strike The Root  is a daily journal of current events and commentary from a libertarian/market anarchist perspective.
The Tax Foundation The mission of the Tax Foundation is to educate taxpayers about tax policy and the total tax burden borne by Americans at all levels of government. Great source for research on taxes.
Taxpayers for Common Sense Politicians of both parties in Washington, D.C. continue to recklessly spend your money. Despite the nearly six trillion dollar national debt, billions of your dollars are wasted each year. TCS is an independent voice for American taxpayers. TCS is dedicated to cutting wasteful government spending and subsidies in order to achieve a responsible and efficient government that lives within its means.
Tech Central Station  is here to help provide the right answers to many of those [thorny political and public policy] questions with the news, analysis, research, and commentary you need to understand how technology is changing and shaping our world, and how you can make sense of it all.
Thomas   Acting under the directive of the leadership of the 104th Congress to make Federal legislative information freely available to the Internet public, a Library of Congress team brought the THOMAS World Wide Web system online in January 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress.
U.S. Term Limits  Mission Statement : To rally Americans to restore citizen control of government by limiting the terms of politicians at the local, state and congressional levels.

And thanks to Bob Smith for the list of links.


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