Fred L. Smith

Fred L. Smith is the Founder and President of the Competitive Enterprise Institute.

A Case Against Mandatory Voting


Big government “solutions” for every social problem under the sun are all around us. I thought I’d seen them all — until recently, when I found myself debating a statist proposal to cure apathy. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and I recently debated mandatory voting. He argued in favor and I in opposition. […]

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The Ideas Marketplace — Sans Market?


WASHINGTON — The Jack Abramoff scandal has many individual players, but it’s also added fuel to an older and broader theme — the quest to purge politics of money. Well, at least, money provided by business. Money provided by government and foundations has largely escaped scrutiny. Political funding has received the most attention, but the […]

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