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The New Technology: Lessons from History

December 5, 2011 - 4:30pm CST

History teaches us that technology can be a great force for human freedom, but it can also be used to strengthen despotism. In these remarks, adapted from his keynote address at OCPA’s recent symposium on digital learning, our distinguished fellow J. Rufus Fears says it’s up to us to decide. There ... READ MORE

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Power of the Purse Can ‘Redress Every Grievance’

September 6, 2011 - 4:34pm CDT

Scarcely a day goes by that we aren’t treated to reports of some new folly or outrage from the federal government. One thinks, for example, of the Environmental Protection Agency’s willingness to kill jobs and raise electricity prices through regulation, all the while giving hundreds of thousands of... READ MORE

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Congress Should Pass, and State Legislature Should Ratify, Balanced Budget Amendment

September 6, 2011 - 4:33pm CDT

In July, 64 members of the Oklahoma Legislature declared their support for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. In my opinion, this indicates the people of Oklahoman want to halt deficit spending in Washington, D.C. and want the federal government to live within the taxpayers’ means... READ MORE

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The Internet Paradox

September 6, 2011 - 4:31pm CDT

[Editor’s note: As we went to press, the proposed AT&T/T-Mobile merger was thrown into chaos on August 31 when the Obama Justice Department announced plans to oppose it. Announcement of the suit came just hours after company officials had met with Justice lawyers to review the case, and no mention o... READ MORE

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Why June 15 Matters

June 2, 2011 - 4:35pm CDT

I always began my course on the history of freedom in America with Magna Carta. June 15 is as important a day as July 4. In fact, we never would have had July 4, 1776, without June 15, 1215, when King John was forced near Windsor Castle at the field of Runnymede to sign the Magna Carta—the great de... READ MORE

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'National Popular Vote' Is a Very Bad Idea

March 3, 2011 - 4:36pm CST

The Legislature is seriously considering the “National Popular Vote” bill. This bill would fundamentally alter how we elect our presidents by requiring the state of Oklahoma to ignore the votes of its citizens and, quite possibly, cast the state’s electoral votes for a candidate rejected by the majo... READ MORE

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Restoring Federalism with an Interstate Compact for Health Care Reform

February 22, 2011 - 4:38pm CST

Pushing back against the current overreach of the federal government—and protecting against future expansions of its power—are urgent and daunting tasks. They will require the concerted efforts of many States, and the use of many tools.    Read More>> READ MORE

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Statement from OCPA: Legislature Should Reform the State Board of Education

January 26, 2011 - 4:39pm CST

The following statement was issued today by constitutional law professor Andrew Spiropoulos, the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at OCPA: The actions taken by the State Board of Education today—not allowing the newly elected superintendent to hire her own staff—are a perfect illustration of dy... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Statement on ObamaCare Lawsuit

January 21, 2011 - 4:42pm CST

OKLAHOMA CITY (January 21, 2010) – The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) released the following statement today regarding the announcement of a lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. “OCPA supports the efforts of Gov. Mary F... READ MORE

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Oklahoma's Preemptive Strike on Sharia Law

January 3, 2011 - 4:43pm CST

In 2010 the Oklahoma Legislature placed on the ballot, and the voters approved, a constitutional amendment requiring that courts rely on federal or state laws when handing down decisions, and prohibiting them from using Sharia law or international law. After passage, and before the election results... READ MORE

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