CEI Weekly: The Value of Market Voices

Friday, April 27, 2012




Feature: Fred L. Smith, Jr. explains how the attack on ALEC is part of a broader attack on "market voices."

FEATURE: The Value of Market Voices


In a powerful letter to The Wall Street Journal this week, CEI President Fred L. Smith Jr. explains that the ongoing attacks on the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) are part of a broader attempt to "drive market voices from the marketplace of ideas." If businesses are excluded from policy debates, Fred argues, then the only people left will be motivated by ideology--which can be dangerous, as history proves. "Our Founders gave us a system based on the battle of ideas," he writes. "If critics of the free market believe they have a strong case, they should seek to win that battle openly, rather than by silencing the opposition through intimidation."  Read the full letter here.







Right to Work Laws

Vincent Vernuccio's television interview on Fox Business


My Succession Plan

Fred Smith's latest vodcast


How a Cybersecurity Protection Bill Might Differ From CISPA

Wayne Crews' column in Forbes


More Than Good Enough for Government Work

Ivan Osorio's article in The American Magazine


Supply-Side Critics Offer Only Trickle Down Solutions

Bill Frezza's op-ed in Real Clear Markets


A Free-Market Solution for Fisheries

Andrew Langer & Iain Murray's op-ed in The Washington Examiner


Are We Subsidizing Student Debt Too Generously

Hans Bader's interview in The Washington Post


$60 Light Bulb Comes Down in Price--Just in Time for Earth Day

Brian McGraw's citation on MSNBC.com


Conservative Groups Slam House Cybersecurity Bill

Ryan Radia's citation in The Hill


CISPA Revision Allows DHS Countermeasures

Ryan Radia's citation on CNET


Building a 21st Century FDA

Sam Kazman's citation in Reason Magazine


Believers, Skeptics Stand Ground on Climate Change

Myron Ebell's citation in The Toledo Blade






April 26, 2012: CISPA 


After a public uproar over privacy concerns killed the SOPA and PIPA bills, Congress is back with the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011, or CISPA. Associate Director of Technology Studies Ryan Radia goes over CISPA’s own privacy problems, and discusses the bill’s political prospects.