James Madison Institute

Measure of a Man: From Auschwitz Survivor to Presidents' Tailor

Brent Morando | February 3, 2016

Martin Greenfield is a fashion industry icon. During his storied career as a tailor, he has hand crafted suits for Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, Donald Rumsfeld, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Michael Jackson, Martin Scorsese, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and many other famous people. All of these varied clients had one thing in common: They wanted the absolute best suit available, with no detail spared.

A College Miracle? How Some Bright Students are Graduating Virtually Debt-Free, Thanks to a Program Unique to Florida

Robert Sanchez | February 3, 2016

Can today’s college students realistically expect to graduate debt-free? For far too many, sadly, the answer is “no.” Most face a double whammy of expense: tuition, which has been growing faster than the rate of inflation, and the cost of living away from home. For many students, graduating without having to cope with a heavy burden of debt just as they’re trying to get started in a career is but a distant dream. Indeed, student loan debt now tops $1 trillion, which is more than the total credit card debt in this credit-happy nation.

Design Patents: A Cause for Concern

Sal Nuzzo | February 3, 2016

Florida has always attracted entrepreneurs and creative thinkers. Our Florida High Tech Corridor research universities, including the Universities of Florida, Central Florida and South Florida, ranked within the top 30 universities world-wide in U.S. patents granted last year.

Reaching the Next Generation: One College Campus at a Time

February 3, 2016

Step onto a college campus. What do you see? Banners supporting a college football team. Historic buildings, each namesake precious to the university’s mission. A sea of students, diverse and focusing on purpose-driven studies. You have now immersed yourself in a community of millennials, and if you are preaching free-market ideas, these students probably won’t even do a double take.

O Canada? Canada's Innovative Approach to Regulations on Small Businesses

Travis Keels | February 3, 2016

The success of small businesses reflects the persistence of the entrepreneurial spirit in the United States. It is truly extraordinary, especially given the obstacles erected by federal, state, and local governments. In particular, small businesses often struggle to comply with a constantly increasing list of burdensome regulations.

Book Review: The Conservatarian Manifesto: Libertarians, Conservatives, and the Fight for the Right's Future

Francisco Gonzalez | February 2, 2016

In 1955, William F. Buckley, Jr. launched National Review magazine. It became a place where conservatives and libertarians of all stripes debated their differences and extolled ideas to forge a strong movement against big government at home and the spread of totalitarianism abroad. As conservative movement historian George Nash has since demonstrated, the common enemy of communism held together this “fractious coalition” of conservatives and libertarians from World War II through the early 1990s.