This page will house the current and historical works that the authors of Civics – Reaffirmed have read and gather guidance from.  This will be a valued page as the blog progresses.  There is no order of importance – just a random scatter of noteworthy resources. This is an incomplete record of the numerous sources utilized to further wisdom; these simple scratch the surface.

National Review Online – 

A popular feature of National Review is the web version of the magazine, National Review Online (“NRO”), which includes a digital version of the magazine, with articles updated daily by National Review writers, and conservative blogs. The Online version is called NRO to distinguish it from the paper magazine (referred to as “NRODT” or National Review On Dead Tree.) The site’s editor is Kathryn Jean Lopez, known to the NRO community as “K-Lo”. The website receives about one million hits per day—more than all other conservative-magazine websites combined[citation needed]. Each day, the site posts new content consisting of conservative, libertarian, neo-conservative, and neo-liberal opinion articles. It also features several blogs:

  • The Corner[24] (postings from many of the site’s editors and affiliated writers discussing the issues of the day).
  • The Campaign Spot[25] (formerly The Kerry Spot/TKS written by Jim Geraghty).
  • David Calling[26] (updated by writer David Pryce-Jones).
  • Bench Memos[27] (legal and judicial news).
  • The Agenda[28] (analysis updated by Reihan Salam).
  • Media Blog[29] (media news).
  • Planet Gore[30] (global warming news).
  • Phi Beta Cons[31] (University news).

Markos Moulitsas, who runs the liberal Daily Kos website, told reporters in August 2007 that he does not read conservative blogs, with the exception of those on NRO: “I do like the blogs at the National Review — I do think their writers are the best in the [conservative] blogosphere,” he said.[32]  ~ Courtesy of Wikipedia

The Heritage Foundation –

Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution—a think tank—whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense.

We believe the principles and ideas of the American Founding are worth conserving and renewing. As policy entrepreneurs, we believe the most effective solutions are consistent with those ideas and principles. Our vision is to build an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity, and civil society flourish.

Heritage’s staff pursues this mission by performing timely, accurate research on key policy issues and effectively marketing these findings to our primary audiences: members of Congress, key congressional staff members, policymakers in the executive branch, the nation’s news media, and the academic and policy communities.

Governed by an independent Board of Trustees, The Heritage Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt institution. Heritage relies on the private financial support of the general public—individuals, foundations, and corporations—for its income, and accepts no government funds and performs no contract work. Heritage is one of the nation’s largest public policy research organizations. More than 710,000 individual members make it the most broadly supported think tank in America.

Heritage’s policy centers include: Asian Studies CenterB. Kenneth Simon Center for Principles and PoliticsCenter for Data Analysis,  Center for Health Policy StudiesCenter for International Trade and EconomicsCenter for Legal and Judicial StudiesCenter for Media and Public PolicyCenter for Policy InnovationDeVos Center for Religion and Civil SocietyDomestic Policy StudiesDouglas and Sarah Allison Center for Foreign Policy StudiesThe Kathryn and Shelby Collum Davis Institute for International StudiesThe Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, and Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies.

The CATO Institute – 

“The Cato Institute is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty in the nation that is the foremost upholder of the idea of liberty.” – George F. Will

“If you’re looking for a consistent commitment to preserving all forms of individual liberty, join the Cato Institute.” – Wendy Kaminer, The American Prospect

“Cato is now the hot policy shop, respected for not compromising its core beliefs even when they get in the way of practical politics.” – Washington Post

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization — a think tank — dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets — turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to more information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

Read more about Cato’s mission, work, and policy perspectives

How Cato Is Funded

In order to maintain its independence, the Cato Institute accepts no government funding. Cato receives approximately 80 percent of its funding through tax-deductible contributions from individuals, with the remainder of its support coming from foundations, corporations, and the sale of books and publications. If you would like to learn more about supporting Cato and its work, as well as the benefits of becoming a sponsor, please click here. And, if you would like to view Cato’s latest Annual Report, which provides details about Cato’s finances, initiatives, efforts, and much more, click here.

Cato’s Resources and Outreach

In an era of sound bites and partisanship, Cato remains dedicated to providing clear, thoughtful, and independent analysis on vital public policy issues. Using all means possible — from blogs, Web features, op-eds and TV appearances, to conferences, research reports, speaking engagements, and books — Cato works vigorously to present citizens with incisive and understandable analysis.

Read more about Cato’s mission, work, and policy perspectives

Kansas Policy Institute – 

KPI is an independent think-tank that advocates for free market solutions and the protection of personal freedom for all Kansans.  Our work centers on state and local economic policy with primary emphasis on education, fiscal policy and health care.  We empower citizens, legislators, and other government officials with objective research and creative ideas to promote a low-tax, pro-growth environment that preserves the ability of governments to provide high quality services.

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Voice of Liberty in Wichita – 

A voice for individual liberty, limited government, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas.

I started the Voice for Liberty in Wichita in October 2004 in response to what I felt was a misunderstanding of the important issues in the November 2004 elections, especially involving the proposed downtown Wichita arena. I came to realize that the most important issues are these: How much government do we want, at the expense of how much personal liberty, and what is the proper role of government and individual? I saw very little discussion of these important issues, and most importantly, very little media coverage.

So I started this website to explore and report on issues of government, media, and individual liberty in Wichita, Sedgwick County, the State of Kansas, and, to a lesser degree, the United States.

Bob Weeks
Wichita, Kansas

About Bob Weeks

Bob Weeks, Voice for Liberty in Wichita

Bob Weeks lives in Wichita, Kansas, where he’s worked for many years as a software engineer and in other information technology jobs. He is a graduate of Kansas University  with a degree in business, and of Friends University with a degree in information systems.

In 2004 he started blogging. He writes the “Voice For Liberty in Wichita”, which focuses on Wichita and Kansas issues from the perspective of liberty,  limited government, and free markets.

After being downsized out of his Fortune 500 job in 2008, Bob decided to work on his own, which gives him more time to spend on blogging and community activism.

Bob has worked on several campaigns in his local area, managing campaign data, speaking to civic groups and media, and also knocking on doors. He also testifies before local governments on behalf of limited government and free markets.

Ludwig von Mises Institute – 

The Ludwig von Mises Institute was founded in 1982 as the research and educational center of classical liberalism, libertarian political theory, and the Austrian School of economics. It serves as the world’s leading provider of educational materials, conferences, media, and literature in support of the tradition of thought represented by Ludwig von Mises and the school of thought he enlivened and carried forward during the 20th century, which has now blossomed into a massive international movement of students, professors, professionals, and people in all walks of life. It seeks a radical shift in the intellectual climate as the foundation for a renewal of the free and prosperous commonwealth.

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale CollegeFounded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college with a student body of about 1,400. Its four-year curriculum leads to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science degree, and it is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

Hillsdale’s educational mission rests upon two principles: academic excellence and institutional independence.  The College does not accept federal or state taxpayer subsidies for any of its operations.

Located in rural southern Michigan, the nearly 400-acre Hillsdale campus includes both modern and historic buildings.  Excellent facilities include comfortable residence halls, subject-specific computer labs, a state-of-the-art health education and sports complex, Michael Alex Mossey Library with its Leighton-Taylor Wing, the Sage Center for the Arts, the Herbert Henry Dow Science Building, Howard Music Hall and two new classroom buildings—Kendall Hall and Lane Hall.  Adjacent to the campus is the model primary and secondary school,Hillsdale Academy, whose comprehensive Reference Guide is used in hundreds of schools throughout the country.

An ideal student-to-faculty ratio of 10-to-1, rigorous academics, intramural sports, national fraternity and sorority houses and widespread community volunteerism nurture intellectual, physical, social and personal growth.  A broad perspective is encouraged through opportunities for off-campus internships, overseas study programs and the adjunct seminars of the Center for Constructive Alternatives, Mises Lectures in free-market economics, the National Leadership Seminars and the Hoogland Center for Teacher Excellence.

Atlas Economic Research Foundation

Atlas Economic Research FoundationOur vision is of a free, prosperous and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property and free markets.

Our mission is to strengthen the worldwide freedom movement by identifying, training, and supporting individuals with the potential to found and develop effective independent organizations that promote our vision in every country.

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Atlas is not endowed and it does not accept government funding. It does not support political candidates or parties, or otherwise involve itself in partisan politics.

We are grateful to those generous individuals, philanthropies, and businesses that entrust us with financial resources to build a greater public consensus around the ideas of a free society by advancing the Atlas mission.

OpenCongressThe Participatory Politics Foundation (PPF) is a United States non-profit organization which jointly operates the website, which is intended to encourage transparency in lawmaking and to make it easier to engage with government. PPF operates OpenCongress together with the Sunlight Foundation.

David Moore is the foundation’s Executive Director.