• John Locke Update

    The Constitution and Its Enemies

    posted September 19, 2019 by Jon Guze
    The title of this piece pays homage to Karl Popper’s great work of political philosophy, The Open Society and Its Enemies. Popper wrote the book during the Second World War…
  • Press Release

    Eminent domain amendment should provide real protection

    posted January 26, 2011
    Click here to view and here to listen to Daren Bakst discussing this Spotlight report. RALEIGH — Legislators should provide real property-rights protections as they pursue a constitutional…
  • Research Report

    School Choice and the North Carolina Constitution

    posted April 24, 2006 by David Roland
    In spite of our state's record of commitment to education, there continues to be a significant debate as to the most effective means of providing our children the best possible education. The one point upon which a great majority agree is that, despite substantial increases in funding, public education is not meeting the needs of students. This report presents parental school choice as a promising alternative to the educational status quo. And it will show that it is consistent with NC's historical commitment to education.
  • Research Report

    A Threat to Private Property: N.C.’s Broad and Subjective Urban Redevelopment Law

    posted February 5, 2006 by Daren Bakst
    North Carolina’s Urban Redevelopment Law is a major threat to private property rights. It is so broad that it would permit the government to seize private property that is not blighted and even to take property for economic-development purposes. Any urban redevelopment law should only permit the government to seize private property if it meets a narrow and common sense definition of blight.

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