to the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise! We're here for those
millions of Americans who believe that our freedoms do not come from the
generosity of the government.
The Center was founded on July 4, 1976, the bicentennial of the American
Revolution. We are here to continue that Revolution of liberty, free enterprise
and individual initiative.
Statement of Purpose
The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, a non-profit, non-partisan,
tax-exempt foundation that accepts no government grants, was established:
to publish and disseminate information
regarding the principles upon which the American free enterprise system
to relate the application of those principles
to contemporary American society,
to engage in and foster research and study
of issues relating to economics, economic trends, and governmental regulatory
bodies and their interaction with the free market,
to defend the right of individual Americans
and American business to participate in the free market without hindrance
to foster the values of the American free
enterprise system among citizens through speakers, lectures, conferences
to educate America's youth in the values
of the American free enterprise system through the promotion of essay contests,
scholarships, and research grants for individuals who have demonstrated
an interest in the study of our economic system.
The Center was founded by a group of distinguished businessmen, educators,
legislators and students, who were deeply concerned about the rollback
of 200 years of individual rights and the multitude of restrictions being
imposed on America's free enterprise system by big government--and the
lack of understanding of this problem by the American people.
The Center's founders believed that a tax-exempt educational foundation
was urgently needed to underwrite educational projects oriented to the
average American. The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise was established
so that Americans who understand and value the free enterprise system could
contribute to the defense and promotion of the economic system that made
America a prosperous nation.
In just a few short years, The Center rapidly grew to become one
of the most effective--and most respected--organizations working to restore
free enterprise to America. Today, The Center has a widely recognized leadership
which develops unique programs to take the message of free enterprise to
the average American.
The Center has pioneered new methods of informing the public of the
importance of free enterprise. The Center's work is highly acclaimed by
business, grass roots and legislative leaders for its outstanding quality
and enormous impact.
The Center does not talk to itself. Instead The Center concentrates
on the citizen who is not aware that the free enterprise system built America
and allowed her citizens to prosper as no nation's had.
The Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise has carefully developed
a wide array of effective programs designed to reach out and touch each
American with the message, "Free enterprise built this country...let's
Free Enterprise Press. A publishing house devoted to important works
on liberty, property rights and free enterprise. Too few popular books
spotlight real-life free enterprise problems. The Center founded the Free
Enterprise Press as the answer. Our publishing house takes several approaches,
one the "Battle-Book" concept that tackles a vital issue with an experienced
and authoritative author, employs tough investigative journalistic methods
and changes no names to protect the guilty. Our authors also produce books
of humor to make important points, deflating the self-righteous, milking
the sacred cows and making the humorless laugh at themselves.
Free Enterprise Legal Defense Fund. The division works to defend the
free enterprise system through the courts. The Defense Fund files "Friend
of the Court" briefs on behalf of small businesses, home owners and individuals
who are harassed by big government. In addition, the Defense Fund refers
individuals to competent legal counsel, studies and analyzes government
rules and regulations for possible legal challenges, and initiates test
cases against those who would violate the right of Americans to participate
in the free market.
American Press Syndicate. Distributes materials to the print media on
current issues, submits opinion columns and features to over 400 daily
and weekly newspapers nationwide. Center leaders Alan Gottlieb and Ron
Arnold are frequent guest columnists in USA Today and other important print
American Broadcasting Network. Distributes PSAs (Public Service Announcements)
to the electronic media, including more than 300 radio stations nationwide.
Advertises Free Enterprise Press books on Talk America Radio Network and
its affiliates. Center leaders Alan Gottlieb and Ron Arnold are frequent
guests on radio and television talk shows nationally.
Investigative Task Force. Probes the personnel, programs and funding
sources of those who systematically oppose free enterprise and are aligned
with big government. Publishes White Papers, studies, special reports and
analyses of those who would violate the right of Americans to participate
in the free market.
Community Organizing. Trains local community activists to identify problems
of free enterprise, to stage non-violent protest demonstrations against
those who would violate our right to free enterprise, and assists local
grass roots groups in carrying out their missions.
Organizational Networking. Locates free enterprise-oriented groups and
places them in contact with each other.
Biographical information on Center President Alan
Biographical information on Center Executive Vice President Ron
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