Property rights are intertwined with all other human rights. From works of art to loaves of bread, people produce the things because they are able to own and use resources.
Government exists to protect rights, including the rights to own and use property. Yet power corrupts, and government grasps for more and more control. One of the most powerful ways to increase that control is to extend it to the land we live on.
The Freedom Foundation stands up for property rights and property owners in Washington State. Most powerfully, we empower property owners themselves to build coalitions, confront local governments, and--often--win.
One example of this was an attempt to restrict waterfowl hunting across a broad swath of Thurston County. We helped the Washington State Waterfowler Association, together with other hunters and local land owners, to stand up to the County. Ultimately, officials backed down in the face of massive public outcry. Watch the video to find out more.
If you want to think globally about free market solutions, personal responsibility, lower taxes, less regulation, and more freedom, let us help you act locally to achieve these ideals. If you want to question authority and speak truth to power let us help you be effective.
Thurston County "listened," and they changed the name to "Controlled Shooting" ordinance. I guess Thurston County thinks that sounds better, and maybe they believe people won't pay attention to what this ordinance actually does. Change the name, and then everyone will think it is okay, regardless of what is written.
It can be tricky to make the right decision when it comes to voting on an initiative. More often than not you don't have enough information to make a confident choice either way. But now you can get the unbiased facts about the 2011 Washington initiatives by reading our Initiative Guide!
The best way to preserve threatened and endangered species is to engage communities and create collaboration.
Legislators who want to protect a species should seek out ways to bring together seemingly disparate groups and
individuals around that goal.
Federal endangered species listings are accompanied by layers of restrictions that tie the hands of state and local governments. Arguably, local on-the-ground solutions are far more beneficial to endangered species recovery than mandates from distant regulators.
Sadly, federal officials have discovered that San Juan Islanders are simply incompetent to preserve their local, natural environment. President Obama will declare part of the San Juan Islands to be a national monument.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be travelling the state to give educational talks about the right of self-defense. My presentation will trace the history of this right, with a particular focus on how Americans incorporated it into both the U.S. Constitution and their state constitutions.