Liberty Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation headquartered in
Indianapolis, Indiana which promulgates the libertarian views of its
founder, Pierre F. Goodrich through publishing, conferences, and
educational resources. The operating mandate of the
Liberty Fund was
set forth in an unpublished memo written by Mr. Goodrich "to encourage
the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible
4 See also
6 External links
Liberty Fund was founded by
Pierre F. Goodrich in 1960. In 1997 it
received an $80 million donation from Goodrich's wife, Enid,
increasing its assets to over $300 million.
In November 2015, it was announced that the
Liberty Fund was building
a $22 million headquarters in Carmel, Indiana.
The foundation has published several books covering history, politics,
philosophy, law, education, and economics. These include The Works and
Adam Smith (Glasgow Edition), The Works and
David Ricardo (Sraffa edition), Liberty Fund’s
Natural Law and Enlightenment Series and Alexis de Tocqueville's
Democracy in America
Democracy in America (Historical-Critical Edition).
The Library of Economics and Liberty – publishes the Concise
Encyclopedia of Economics (CEE). Articles are written by
economists from different schools of thought, and include four Nobel
laureates in economics as authors in the 2nd edition (2008).
It also includes short biographies of noted economists and a
comprehensive index. The original version of the CEE was first
published in 1993 as the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics with
David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson as the editor. Notable contributors
to the first edition included Nobel Prize laureates Gary Becker, Paul
Krugman, Thomas Schelling, George Stigler, and James Tobin.
In his book The Assault on Reason, former U.S. Vice President and
Al Gore wrote that between 2002 and 2004, 97%
of the attendees at
Liberty Fund training seminars for judges were
Republican administration appointees. Gore suggests that such
conferences and seminars are one of the reasons that judges who
regularly attend such conferences "are generally responsible for
writing the most radical pro-corporate, antienvironmental, and
activist decisions". Referring to what he calls the "Big Three", the
Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, George Mason
University's Law & Economics Center (LEC), and the
Liberty Fund he
adds, "These groups are not providing unbiased judicial education.
They are giving multithousand-dollar vacations to federal judges to
promote their radical right-wing agenda at the expense of the public
Liberty Fund has been cited by historian
Donald T. Critchlow
Donald T. Critchlow as one of
the endowed conservative foundations which laid the way for the
election of U.S. President
Ronald Reagan in 1980.
Libertarianism in the United States
Ama-gi is interpreted by the
Liberty Fund to be the
earliest-known written appearance of the word "freedom", or "liberty",
taken from a clay document written about 2300 BCE in the Sumerian
city-state of Lagash. See: Logo Archived 2016-06-12 at the Wayback
^ Simon, Scott (March 28, 2009). "Sarah Palin as Dorothy? We're Not in
Weekend Edition – Saturday. NPR. Retrieved September 8,
^ Rojc, Philip (July 27, 2016). "Rightward, Ho! Ten Top Funders Behind
the Surging Libertarian Movement". Inside Philanthropy. Retrieved
September 3, 2017.
^ Morgan N. Knull, Goodrich, Pierre, First Principles, 09/23/11
^ a b Robert T. Grimm (ed.), Notable American Philanthropists:
Biographies of Giving and Volunteering, Greenwood Publishing Group,
2002, pp. 125–28
^ "Gift pulls Liberty out of shadows".
Indianapolis Business Journal.
IBJ Corporation. June 30, 1997. Retrieved September 8, 2013. Because
the conferences are scattered across the globe and because they
attract only elite thinkers, the fund attracts little attention in
Indianapolis outside its Allison Pointe offices.
Liberty Fund building $22M headquarters in Carmel". Indy Star.
Retrieved 3 November 2015.
^ "Liberty Fund". catalog.libertyfund.org.
^ "Review: Russ Roberts' 'How
Adam Smith Can Save Your Life'". 26
^ "The Case Against Sugar: Gary Taubes On EconTalk". 13 February
Liberty Fund Links". 14 December 2016.
^ LCCN 2007-15993; OCLC 237794267, 750248783, 730302176;
ISBN 978-0865976658, 0865976651, 978-0865976665, 086597666X
^ "The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (Brief Article) (Book
Review)". Reference & Research Book News. Portland, OR: Book News,
Inc. – via
HighBeam Research (subscription
required). May 1, 2008. Retrieved September 8, 2013.
^ * [http://www.econlib.org/library/CEEAuthors.html CEE Authors]
Laureates include: James Tobin, George Stigler,
Gary Becker and Thomas
^ "The Concise Encyclopedia of Economics. (Brief article) (Book
review)". Internet Bookwatch. Midwest Book Review. December 1, 2007.
Retrieved September 8, 2013 – via HighBeam Research.
^ LCCN 92-50535
^ [http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc1/CEEAuthors.html "Browse the CEE
[1st edition, 1998] by Author"] Check url= value (help). Library of
Economics and Liberty. Liberty Fund.
^ Gore, Al (2007). The Assault on Reason. Penguin Press. p. 234.
^ Critchlow, Donald. "Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism".
New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2013.
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