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Pope Francis on religious liberty

One sorry trend that has gained steam in the wake of the movement to redefine marriage is an attempt to marginalize religious liberty. Thus, when Indiana was considering a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), commentary in opposition acted as if the bill were a form of special pleading against gay rights. But the federal statute […]


Economics 101: Hayek versus Keynes

Among the standard-bearers in the field of economics are two giants of innovation: Nobel Prize economists John Maynard Keynes (pronounced Canes) and Friedrich von Hayek (pronounced HI-yek). Keynes (1883-1946) founded the philosophy of a nation spending its way out of economic downturns. As an economy sours, Keynes proposed, government ought to interfere in the marketplace […]


How elastic can the Constitution be?

With serendipitous timing, [Tuesday] morning the online journal Public Discourse published an excellent article by Professor Steven Smith, a law professor at the University of San Diego. In the article, Professor Smith notes that while during the middle period of the Roman Empire, “the outward forms of the ancient republican constitution were largely preserved … […]


Justices who stood for justice

In a weekly column published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), Lawrence Reed relates stories “of people whose choices and actions,” in his view, “make them heroes.” Reed has served as president of the FEE since 2008. In his offering of Sept. 25, “Four Justices Who Stood for Justice – Real Heroes: Sutherland, Butler, […]

Woman and child on a path in the forest.

Just how does increased income improve family life?

Scholarly research has long found connections between higher income and better life outcomes, especially for children. But how does having more money lead to things like better health and social development? Is it just because the rich can afford to pay for better health care and higher-quality schools? New research suggests that this simple answer […]


Family – the foundation

Wednesday, Sept. 23, marked not only the autumnal equinox – the first day of autumn – but also the 20th anniversary of the public presentation of The Family: A Proclamation to the World by leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Proclamation included not only declarations intended for members of the […]


Unintended consequences: an example from Sweden

The Institute for Marriage and Family Canada has recently published an interesting review of social statistics in Sweden. The author, Jonas Himmelstrand, examines the possible consequences of the nation’s dedication to day care heavily subsidized by the government: No matter how many children, no matter how many hours children spend in care, no matter how […]


Sutherland endorses First Amendment Defense Act

Sutherland Institute endorses Senator Mike Lee’s proposed First Amendment Defense Act because we believe America should be a country that embraces tolerance toward those who espouse religious values regarding marriage, and because we believe the law should establish reasonable safeguards of Americans’ basic freedoms. We are grateful for Senator Lee’s leadership on this crucial issue. […]