Will Candidates Soon Be Arrested for Promoting the “Wrong” Ideas?

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Arrest that Candidate,” Helen Krieble discusses the troubling attacks on our right to free speech, and how some want to arrest others in order to silence their ideas: I am more worried than ever before about the push by some leaders to silence the speech of those with whom they disagree. It’s a trend that frightens me. Even in a presidential campaign which should produce discussion and debate on major issues, one prominent organization has actually

Low Prices Are Good, Right? The Government Doesn’t Think So…

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “No Government Wining,” Helen Krieble tells listeners the story of a small online business which the government tried to shut down because it was too successful at lowering prices for the consumer: The owner of a small liquor store in Albany began selling wine over the internet and developed a new kind of warehouse, eliminating frills in favor of lower prices. But a powerful state regulatory agency decided he was selling his wine too cheaply and

Can the Government Take Your Property? Why the “Takings Clause” Matters

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Take That!” Helen Krieble warns listeners to be wary of government officials trying to take their private property away: A Massachusetts couple are second generation owners of a small motel which they own free and clear. But the federal government decided it wanted the property and showed up with law enforcement agents to announce that they were going to confiscate it. No compensation was offered and no public interest identified. They were just going to sell

Why Is New York City Trying to Outlaw Dog-Walkers?

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Putting Government Overreach to Rest,” Helen Krieble talks about the needless costs and regulations governments often impose on small businesses: A pastor in Tennessee saw funeral homes marking up the price of caskets as much as 600 percent and decided to go into business. He set up shop selling caskets much cheaper and was immediately successful, until the state stopped him. They said it was illegal for anybody other than licensed funeral directors to sell caskets.

Should a Teen Need a License to Mow Lawns?

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “May I See Your License,” Helen Krieble takes on government policies that make it more difficult for Americans to work: Do you need a license to reupholster a chair? In seven states, you can pay a hefty fine if you don’t have one. Fifty years ago, less than five percent of American workers were required to have a state license to perform their jobs legally. Today, nearly 30 percent of workers need a license. We can

How Can the Government Encourage Success? Stop Punishing It!

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a Liberty Minute entitled “Punishing Success,” Helen Krieble points out the irony in the way our government rewards failure and punishes success: Ancient wisdom teaches that if you want less of anything, you tax it; if you want more, you subsidize it. Have we forgotten that simple principle? If we look through the lens of liberty, we see a government that rewards unemployment and business failure with welfare, and taxes productivity, profit, growth, job creation, and wealth. We pay taxes

Goodbye, Freedom of Speech. Hello, “Diversity.”

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In one of her Liberty Minutes, called “Totalitarianism on Campus,” Helen Krieble spoke about the censorship that often occurs in the name of political correctness: Many of us see America as the land of opportunity, but if you teach at the University of California, you’d better not say so. It’s one of a number of prohibited phrases now. Ordinary thoughts such as, “Everyone can succeed if they work hard enough” are now called  microaggressions, considered examples of subconscious racism. So, in

Charity Should Begin at Home — And Not in Washington

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a recent Liberty Minute, “Charity Begins at Home,” Helen Krieble condemned the attitude of excessive reliance on the government for welfare: Have you ever heard the old saying that charity begins at home? Now we seem to believe charity begins with the government. Whenever there is a tragedy of any kind, people look to government to rebuild homes, bail out failing businesses, and replace people’s lost possessions. But when we look through the lens of liberty, we realize government can

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