The Future of Freedom Foundation was founded in 1989 by FFF president Jacob Hornberger with the aim of establishing an educational foundation that would advance an uncompromising case for libertarianism in the context of both foreign and domestic policy.
The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.
Our nation was founded on the principles of individual freedom, free markets, private property, and limited government. As the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution reflect, people have the natural and God-given rights to live their lives any way they choose, so long as their conduct is peaceful. It is the duty of government to protect, not destroy or infringe upon, these inherent and inalienable rights.
For well over a century, the American people said “no” to such things as income taxation, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare, public schooling, economic regulations, immigration controls, drug laws, gun control, paper money, the Federal Reserve, overseas empire, militarism, entangling alliances, and foreign wars. Despite the tragic exception of slavery, the result was the most prosperous, healthy, literate, and compassionate society in history.
In the 20th century, however, America moved in the opposite direction—in the direction of socialism, interventionism, and imperialism. The result has been massive infringements on our economic liberty, civil liberties, gun rights, and privacy, along with out-of-control federal spending, debt, and inflation, all of which have reduced our prosperity, damaged our families, and weakened our sense of morality, self-reliance, and voluntary charity.
The time has come for the American people to lead the world out of the statist morass in which it has plunged. The time has come to restore libertarian principles to our land. It is to that end that The Future of Freedom Foundation is dedicated.
Ideas matter — they have consequences — they move people to action. Therefore, The Future of Freedom Foundation’s primary way to advance liberty is to spread libertarian ideas as far and wide as possible. We accomplish this through a variety of ways, including essays and articles, speeches and lectures, seminars and conferences, our monthly journal, op-eds, books, monographs, media appearances, our FFF Email Daily, and our website.
FFF Policy Concerning Employee Political Activity
As a result of legal consultation and advice from a Washington, D.C., law firm that specializes in election law and non-profit foundations, The Future of Freedom Foundation has adopted the following policies for whenever an employee of FFF becomes a candidate for public office:
- The employee will be permitted to continue working in his same capacity at FFF. However, if his political activities interfere with the fulfilling of his responsibilities at FFF, his pay will be reduced accordingly.
- If the employee’s responsibilities include writing articles or making presentations for FFF, he will be permitted to continue doing so, subject to the following restriction: His articles and presentations will focus only on issues and will not mention political parties or current candidates, officials, or public figures of political parties. Moreover, any FFF-sponsored speaker participating in FFF programs or conferences in which such employee is also participating will be bound by the same restriction.
- The employee will not make editorial decisions as to articles that are accepted for publication by FFF.
- FFF will maintain a wall of separation between foundation activities and the employee’s political activities.