Thomas Sowell was born in North Carolina and grew up in Harlem. As with many others in his neighborhood, he left home early and did not finish high school. The next few years were difficult, but eventually he joined the military and became a photographer in the Korean War. After leaving the service, Sowell entered Harvard University, worked a part-time job as a photographer and studied economics. After graduating with great distinction (1958), he went on to receive his master’s in economics from Columbia University (1959) and a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago (1968).
The Fraser Institute is an independent Canadian public policy research and educational organization with active research ties with similar independent organizations in more than 80 countries around the world. We are often referred to as a “think tank” and have been ranked by a University of Pennsylvania study as the top think tank in Canada.
The Fraser Institute measures and studies the impact of markets and government interventions on the welfare of individuals. In our research, we bring together academics, economists, and policy analysts from around the world. The Institute’s list of researchers has grown to include more than 350 authors in 22 countries (six of whom have been awarded Nobel Prizes) and it has published more than 600 books and studies and thousands of articles.
The Frontier Centre was founded by a group of individuals interested in making the prairie region a good place to live, work and prosper. Its advisory board includes both experienced community leaders and academic specialists.
The Montreal Economic Institute is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit research and educational organization. Through its publications, media appearances and conferences, the MEI stimulates debate on public policies in Quebec and across Canada by proposing wealth-creating reforms based on market mechanisms.
From Brian’s Bio: Born and raised in Vancouver, from a professional point of view I am a little hard to classify. Polite folks say that I am a public intellectual; the more literal-minded think of me as a public policy troublemaker. I am certainly a serial intellectual entrepreneur – I am the Managing Director of a new national think tank in Ottawa called the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. In January 2012 MLI (or ‘Emily’ to the cognoscenti) was named one of the top 5 new think tanks in the world by the Go-To Think Tank Project of the University of Pennsylvania. The Atlas Economic Research Foundation awarded our first book, The Canadian Century, the top international prize for excellence in think tank publications, the Sir Antony Fisher Award, in 2011. Also in January 2012 I was named one of the 100 most influential people in Ottawa by the sadly misinformed Hill Times.
The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies is a national, non-partisan public-interest organization dedicated to the advancement of freedom and prosperity at home and abroad through the development and promotion of good public policy.
Founded in April, 1990, the Acton Institute is named in honor of John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902), 1st Baron Acton of Aldenham and the historian of freedom. Known as “the magistrate of history,” Lord Acton was one of the great personalities of the nineteenth century. Widely considered one of the most learned Englishmen of his time, Lord Acton made the history of liberty his life’s work. Indeed, his most notable conclusion of this work is that political liberty is the essential condition and guardian of religious liberty. He thereby points to the union of faith and liberty, which has been the inspiration for the mission of the Acton Institute.
The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) is the oldest and largest institute in North America dedicated to improving environmental quality through property rights and markets. Founded 30 years ago in Bozeman, Montana, it began as a think tank where scholars documented how government regulation and bureaucracy have led to environmental degradation. At the same time, they sought to explain how markets could be harnessed to improve environmental quality. From this work originated the idea of free market environmentalism.
RANGE magazine is an award-winning publication devoted to the issues that threaten the West, its people, lifestyles, lands and wildlife. Known for its powerful photos and straight talk, RANGE exposes a land and lifestyle in crisis and shows how daily challenges are being met with grit, determination and humor. RANGE is the leading forum for divergent viewpoints in the search for solutions that will halt the depletion of a national resource, the cowboy.
RANGE Magazine features the people, the land, and the western way of life, including cowboys, sheepherders, environmentalists, scientists and wildlife. Each edition holds the opinions of scientists, scholars, environmentalists, and the people who earn a living from the land. It offers entertainment, education, inspiration and an occasional jaw-slackening surprise.
The Canadian Constitution Foundation is a registered charity, independent and non-partisan. It acts as a voice for freedom in Canada’s courtrooms and law schools.
Its mission is to protect the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through education, communication and litigation.
Its stated vision is to see a Canada where:
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