Is Sunshine Really a Human Right? California Says Yes

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. During her Liberty Minute titled “Let the Sun Shine,” Helen Krieble mentioned the conflicts which ensue when the government declares new rights favoring one group of people over another. In California, the solar energy lobby is so powerful that the legislature passed a law making direct sunshine a legal human right to which all citizens are entitled. That sounds nice, since we all like sunshine, but does that give one the right to sue his neighbor for letting a tree grow

What Happens When Americans Forget Our Nation’s History?

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a recent Liberty Minute, “Memorizing Dates or Principles,” Helen Krieble brings to light just how clueless Americans are about the basic principles upon which their country was founded: A lot of us are upset about a new report on how little American students know about our country’s history and government. Can you believe that less than a fourth of graduating seniors know how their government works? But more frustrating, even fewer know the most basic details about our country’s founding

How Farm Subsidies Have Become “Welfare for the Rich”

This article is part of series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. During a recent Liberty Minute, “Poor Farmers No More,” Helen Krieble spoke about a government program which mainly supports the wealthy at the expense of the American taxpayer — agricultural subsidies: I knew a very wealthy man who bought a potato farm in Idaho. He had no interest in potatoes or farming, but that farm came with a highly profitable government subsidy for not growing potatoes. Farm subsidies today cost taxpayers thirty billion dollars a year, mostly for corporate growers of

“Safe Spaces” Should Have No Place on College Campuses

This article is part of a series focusing on Lens of Liberty, a project of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation. In a recent Liberty Minute titled “That Offends Me,” Helen Krieble, founder and president of the Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, spoke about the problem with safe spaces on university campuses: On many college campuses today, activists insist on safe zones where nobody hears ideas that might offend them. Administrators control speech and publish handbooks advising faculty and students what they can and cannot say. They ought to look through the lens of liberty first and understand that freedom of speech

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