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.
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.