The Founding Fathers recognized economic freedom as a cornerstone of free societies. And that fact was the subject of the most recent installment in Heritage’s speakers series, “Free Markets: The Ethical Economic Choice.

Determined to protect economic freedom, America’s founders “put it in writing.” It is manifest throughout the Constitution, in the contracts clause, the takings clause, the Privileges and Immunities Clause, the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clauses, and elsewhere. Their desire to preserve limited government, private property, and freedom of commerce shines throughout the document.

This week, Heritage hosted Randy Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown University, to discuss the Constitution and economic freedom. Thank you for empowering us to tell the truth about our founding principles, and to retell the story about the freedoms protected by the United States Constitution.

 What can we do to further protect economic freedom in 2019?

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Dan Tate - January 18, 2019

I am a member of the local republican club who is trying to increase voter awareness and participation. I suggested that we need to focus on voter education with a series of discussions focused on “What is a conservative” and suggested looking at Hillsdale for ideas

Jack Gattis - January 18, 2019

The second amendment is the law of our land , was it written to be violated by the people who do not agree
With it??? People who do should be prosecuted for
breaking this law. Shall not infringe covers all their reasons.. Jail for the violators!!!!!!

John Guetzke - January 18, 2019

We need to take action to modify the 2020 census. We need to have it identifiy And count legal citizens. Also non legal citizens. The number of congressman is determined by the number of people in a state. If the count for congressmen is not based on legal citizens, states with a lot of illegal people would have more congressional members.

Ed. Chevalier - January 18, 2019

Keep up the good work that has brought you the high esteem that you have.

Doris B. Sanders - January 18, 2019

We can urge our Congressmen and Senators to support President Trump fully on his working plans for business and our economy, and his work to make trade with other countries more fair to the U.S.A.

Jean-Jacques VITRAC - January 19, 2019

To protect our economic freedom, we must eliminate from Federal government any agency which is limiting our economic freedom when there is no real danger for public health or welfare. As an example, survival of unknown frog species should not stop economic growth or new business ventures.

Thelma l. Forsythe - January 19, 2019

Enlighten all citizens about the very concise, dictatorial, and blessed pronouncements of the prestigious machinations in the Constitution of the United States as a free country ready for the challenge of guarding right and wrong REGUARDING DAILY COMMERSE. MAY THE INDIVIDUAL REALIZE WITH GREAT DEPTH, HIS DUTY TO INTERACT AND PERFORM WITH HEAD HELD HIGH THAT:We are a proud nation grateful for THE ABUNDANCE WE SHARE. Signed by, Thelma l. Forsythe….January 19, 2019

Janice NORRIS - January 19, 2019

According to all the signs i.e. weather patterns, people seeking a one world government, one religion etc. Jesus is coming back soon so all we can do is pray. Sincerely, Jan Norris

Chris Milord - January 19, 2019

There are a number of ways to protect economic freedom in the USA this year. First, continue to streamline regulations on businesses and keep taxes reasonable for every income level. The federal government could also eliminate as much waste as possible from each agency in order to reduce deficit spending and gradually balance the budget. States could also get rid of the death tax and refrain from impeding small business growth. Smaller minimum wage hikes every few years would be better for the economy so that entry level workers won’t be priced out of the market. By contrast, steep hikes in the minimum wage can generate layoffs or a reduction in employee hours and increases in the cost of living for everyone. No one wins when wage hikes occur too often and are too steep. If people are free to participate in the economy, then free markets will flourish.

Beverly - January 20, 2019

We need to continue to work on the Equality Act. The Dems, who are now a split 3 way party, we have to carefully check anything the Dems propose. They just received into their party, Radical Islamic muslim, Beto saying we need to get rid of parts of our CONSTITUTION? What?? Dangerous people who have no values that fit into our America

Andrew J. Struk - January 20, 2019

I would like to see some of your findings and recommendations among a variety of topics (ex. Federal Budget Deficit Elimination) find their way onto the editorial pages in local newspapers. People need to find out what is really going on and what could/should be done to make our country better for all of its citizens.

Alice Gritz - January 20, 2019

Just keep on pushing for the truth you are doing a great job bring to light the wrongs
of others.

ARNOLD uhlig - January 21, 2019

no too the equity act by perosi, the act should read the lawyers hi oincome act

Rick Kooy - January 21, 2019

Lower taxes on individuals and corporations. Remove costly regulations against business that do nothing for the environment – and that level the playing field for smaller businesses.

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