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Published Monday, March 24, 2014
March 24, 2014

IFL President Andrew Langer Calls
Obama’s Operation Choke Point a "Thugocracy" Tactic

Washington, D.C. – The following is a statement from Institute for Liberty President Andrew Langer:
“The Guardian ran an Op-Ed yesterday written by’s David Dayen, which was laden with false premises, and posits a discredited narrative that so-called 'payday lenders' represent some sort of market failure -- a market failure requiring massive government intervention in the marketplace.  No such failure exists, certainly not one requiring the total-destruction of an entire industry in the financial services sector using heavy-handed 'thugocracy' tactics. That's precisely what Operation Choke Point is: the government, acting as thugs, to do indirectly what it cannot do directly.
Progressives have always worked hard to attempt to ameliorate risks in a marketplace.  This goes hand-in-hand with their efforts to guarantee equality of outcomes in most other areas (wages, education, etc.).  But when the left tinkers in marketplaces in order to do what market forces warn not to, disaster ensues.  This is the same kind of policymaking that led to the rise of the housing bubble and its eventual collapse: well-intentioned policymakers wanted people with risky credit to buy homes, so they pressured mortgage companies into giving them loans by 'scoring' them on the number of risky loans they gave. 
The result was calamity -- and our economy is still struggling to improve.
Attempting to transfer the liability of low-dollar, high-risk loans from viable businesses to the American taxpayer is like deja vu all over again.  Worse, the idea of giving this responsibility to the U.S. Postal Service takes their collective eyes off of their primary (and constitutionally-mandated) responsibility.  Any time you take an agency's focus away from its core responsibility, it is bad public policy.”

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Published Monday, November 25, 2013

Not content with the debacle that is underway in America's health insurance marketplace, the nation's statists are now working to undermine the housing industry--an industry that is already struggling to recover.  On Friday, IFL sent a letter to the hill, warning them of the devastating possibilities the interference of "Corker Warner" could create!

Published Monday, September 9, 2013

The Institute for Liberty is joining the fight to defend the pro-free market/limited-government efforts of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, now facing a backdoor effort to funnel huge sums of money to his opponents.

Published Thursday, June 20, 2013

Yesterday, the Institute for Liberty joined with leaders in the conservative, free-market and limited government leaders to support the "Zero for Zero" initative in this year's Farm Bill.  This initative is the functional equivalent of ensuring that economic disarmament is not undertaken solely by the United States, and the text of the letter can be found here:


Joint Conservative Letter With Signatures by The American Conservative Union

Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013

None of us like taxes, but for one of the largest U.S. companies to use schemes and tactics to protect its income from the IRS is unpatriotic, and in the case of Apple, it led to a significant shortfall in government revenues.  Even the most conservative estimates of what Apple sheltered would have brought billions to federal coffers – money that could’ve saved many health and safety programs from Sequester’s chopping block.  Programs like early childhood education through Head Start, public housing support, and health research at NIH all are victims of The Apple Sequester.


Apple is saying that they didn’t skirt the law – and that what they did was within the letter of the law.  Even if that’s true, their actions are profoundly un-American and especially insulting since millions of Americans support their company.

Published Tuesday, May 21, 2013

As the Senate convenes a hearing today on issues surrounding corporate tax equity, the Institute for Liberty wants to remind lawmakers that their legislative powers do not exist in a vacuum--and that if we want to have a vibrant, thriving, and job-creating economy, we need to be rewarding those who have created, and continue to create jobs.  Our convoluted tax code, and our out-of-control regulatory state, both punishes and hobbles those who have chosen to invest, time and again, in America.  

Published Monday, August 27, 2012

IFL is proud to announce a new initiative this week,, a project working to encourage the US Senate to Ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty!

Our new video is below, and you can click HERE to visit the page!

Published Monday, April 23, 2012

HAPPY EARTH DAY!  Our Free-Market Environmentalism site, The Fairest Catch, just got a new update! We reprint our Washington Examiner editorial (co-authored with Iain Murray from the Competitive Enterprise Institute!) and offer some new introductory information!

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