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Liberty Fund, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation[2] headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana which promulgates the libertarian views of its founder, Pierre F. Goodrich[3] 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 The operating mandate of the Liberty Fund was set forth in an unpublished memo written by Mr.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 individuals".[4][5]


1 History 2 Projects 3 Reception 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] 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.[5][6] In November 2015, it was announced that the Liberty Fund was building a $22 million headquarters in Carmel, Indiana.[7][8] Projects[edit] The foundation has published several books covering history, politics, philosophy, law, education, and economics. These include The Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith
Adam Smith
(Glasgow Edition), The Works and Correspondence of David Ricardo
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).[9][10] Organizations:

The Library of Economics and Liberty – publishes the Concise Encyclopedia of Economics (CEE).[11][12][13] Articles are written by economists from different schools of thought, and include four Nobel laureates in economics as authors in the 2nd edition (2008).[14][15] It also includes short biographies of noted economists and a comprehensive index.[16] The original version of the CEE was first published in 1993 as the Fortune Encyclopedia of Economics with economist David R. Henderson
David R. Henderson
as the editor.[17] Notable contributors to the first edition included Nobel Prize laureates Gary Becker, Paul Krugman, Thomas Schelling, George Stigler, and James Tobin.[18]

Reception[edit] In his book The Assault on Reason, former U.S. Vice President and presidential candidate Al Gore
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 interest."[19] 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
Ronald Reagan
in 1980.[20] See also[edit]

Libertarianism portal

Economic liberalism Libertarian conservatism Libertarianism in the United States Right-libertarianism


^ The 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 Machine. ^ Simon, Scott (March 28, 2009). "Sarah Palin as Dorothy? We're Not in Kansas". Weekend Edition
Weekend Edition
– Saturday. NPR. Retrieved September 8, 2013.  ^ 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
Adam Smith
Can Save Your Life'". 26 October 2014.  ^ http://www.csus.edu/econ/syllabus_101_03_s15.pdf ^ "The Case Against Sugar: Gary Taubes On EconTalk". 13 February 2017.  ^ " 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
Gary Becker
and Thomas J. Sargent. ^ "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. ISBN 978-1-59420-122-6.  ^ Critchlow, Donald. "Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism". New York Times. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 

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