Magazine July 5, 2010, Issue

Give Freely

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In California and elsewhere, the Left wants the government to oversee philanthropy

Earlier this year, Thomas Perrin of the James Madison Institute visited the office of Florida state representative Greg Evers. As he pressed a copy of his think tank’s latest report into the hands of a legislative aide, Evers walked by. “I overheard what they were talking about,” says Evers, a Republican from the Panhandle. “So I put it in reverse and joined the conversation.” Within a few minutes, Evers had adopted a new cause. “When I learned of what was going on, I knew we had to take action.”

JMI’s paper was on philanthropic freedom — and specifically on an emerging

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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