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Signs of Hope for the Liberty Minded

Last month I wrote a bit on how we could begin to restore liberty and limited government in this country by seizing key social institutions back from the progressives:

If we want to reverse the progressive slide, we have to make progress in academia, particularly in topics that tend to feed the political elite, such as political science, law, and economics. The good news is, we’ve pretty much won on economics, and I think we’re making progress in law.

This post by Ilya Somin over at Volokh talks about progress we’re making in the legal realm:

Steven Teles’ important new book, The Rise of the Conservative Legal Movement, does an excellent job of analyzing and explaining the growth of non-liberal public interest law. He notes that the success libertarian and conservative public interest law groups was not foreordained. Indeed, early efforts in the 1970s and early 80s were mostly dismal failures. How did the founders of IJ and CIR turn things around? Teles notes two important causes: the second generation of libertarian public interest firms learned from the the strategies of their liberal predecessors and distanced themselves from business interests.

Read the whole thing.  IJ and CIR are worthy organizations that have shown demonstrated progress on the issue.  This is a generational fight, but I believe if we work hard enough, it’s winnable.

One Response to “Signs of Hope for the Liberty Minded”

  1. Ian Argent says:

    You touched on something I’ve been thinking about for a while – this is a generational battle, just as it has been. Our granparents bequeathed us NFA ’34 and the New Deal; I hope to give my children something a little less restrictive.

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