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George Leef


George Leef is director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Carroll College (Waukesha, WI) and a juris doctor from Duke University School of Law. He was a vice president of the John Locke Foundation until the Pope Center became independent in 2003. Prior to joining the Locke Foundation, he was president of Patrick Henry Associates, a consulting firm in Michigan dedicated to assisting others in advocating free markets, minimal government, private property, and individual rights. He has served as book review editor of The Freeman, an educational free market magazine published by the Foundation for Economic Education, since 1997, and has published numerous articles in The Freeman, Reason, The Free Market, Cato Journal, The Detroit News, Independent Review, and Regulation.

Articles by George Leef

(6.11.15) Tamny Makes Econ Accessible Using Pop Culture References
John Tamny promotes the benefits of laissez-faire policy to a general audience by using sports and popular culture to convey basic economic truths.

(5.02.15) Economist Highlights Misery Caused By 10 Policy Mistakes
Burton Abrams lists 10 of the worst government blunders of the last century.

(2.12.15) Staddon Snuffs Out Arguments About ‘Societal’ Harms of Smoking
Smokers are making a trade-off — an increased risk of severe medical problems at an earlier age in exchange for the enjoyment they get from smoking, Duke University neurobiology professor John Staddon argues.

(12.11.14) Walters Finds Cities Need Free-Market Atmosphere To Thrive
Cities decline when governments fail to protect property rights.

(11.08.14) Folsoms Recount Government Business Disasters
The economic historians provide numerous examples that will leave you asking, "How could politicians be this stupid?"

(6.19.14) Cell Phone Education
Colleges are struggling with the best way to respond to students who record lectures without the consent of the speakers.

(2.13.14) Obama Rating Plan For Colleges Could Hurt The Poor
A proposal linking a college's overall ratings to finanical aid funding could harm schools that do only a few things well.

(11.27.13) Vargas Llosa Sketches an Optimistic Argument for Immigration
The book’s key insight is that the movement of people across political boundaries is no different from the movement of natural resources or finished products.

(8.09.13) Princeton Scholar Spells Out Consequences of Racial Preferences
Racial preference policies (in education and elsewhere), far from helping to bring the nation together, keep the old sores of discrimination from healing.

(6.01.12) Ladies: Not All Women Collectivist
John Blundell’s book Ladies for Liberty is a strong antidote to the notion that women are prone to mushy, collectivistic thinking and are hostile to individualism.

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