Freedom lovers against tax-funded vouchers

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by Marshall Fritz


Originally published in The Education Liberator, Vol. 2, No. 6, July 1996


The debate over tax-funded school vouchers historically has been framed with two sides: Dr. Milton Friedman and fellow freedom lovers up against a huge education lobby of teacher unions and school administrators.

 

Neither side of this traditional debate welcomes the FLAV crowd into the arena (Freedom Lovers Against Vouchers). We make both sides uncomfortable with our message that if Dr. Friedman’s voucher wins, the education lobby will extend its controls to the formerly independent schools.

 

One California think tank evaded the discomfort during the 1993 contest on Proposition 174 by ignoring FLAVs when selecting a dozen authors for a book putatively covering the spectrum of opinion. The same held true for the debates; the FLAV side was usually treated by both sides as if it didn’t exist.

 

For decades, the primary attack of the FLAV folks has been the expected loss of school autonomy when government funds start flowing to “private” schools. For the last two years, however, the “expansion of dependency” argument has been gathering steam. I remember asking one VMD (Very Major Donor) to a freedom foundation how I could distinguish, in principle, between him and a liberal. This was at the height of the socialized medicine debate, which he vigorously opposed, yet he saw schooling and school stamps as appropriate uses of government. (He didn’t quite answer my question. He was too polite to hang up on me, but we haven’t spoken since.)

 

Now it’s time for the FLAV crowd to speak out. Part of this is to see just how strong we already are, and that’s why I put together this list. I know quite a few more who are just as against the voucher as those listed below, but it is not CC (Conservatively Correct) to go public just yet.

 

John Baden

Foundation for Research in Economics and the Environment

 

Prof Calvin Beisner

Author

 

Samuel Blumenfeld

Author

 

Burt Blumert

Center for Libertarian Studies

 

Pat Buchanan

The American Cause

 

Rev David Chilton

Author [RIP]

 

Paul Cleveland

Birmingham Southern College

 

Steve Dasbach

National Chair, Libertarian Party

 

Jack Dean

Dean Spear & Associates

 

Douglas Dewey

National Scholarship Center

 

Cathy Duffy

Grove Publishing

 

Brandon Dutcher

Oklahoma Center for Policy Analysis

 

Joe Fuhrig

Golden Gate University [RIP]

 

Ben Gilmore

Principled Approach

 

Roy Hanson [Jr.]

Family Protection Ministries

 

David Henderson

Naval Postgraduate School

 

Jacob Hornberger

Future of Freedom Foundation

 

Jeff Hummel

Golden Gate University

 

Philip Kell

Southern Baptist Foundation

 

H F Langenberg

Smith Moore & Co Inc [RIP]

 

Dwight Lee

University of Georgia

 

Bob Marlowe

Council for Educational Freedom

 

Rick Maybury

Author

 

Robert McGee

Dumont Foundation

 

John McManus

New American Magazine

 

Dr Gary North

Firestorm Chats; Remnant Review

 

Jackie Orsi

National Center for Independent Education

 

Rev James Patrick

East Moline Christian School

 

George Pieler

Nat’l Scholarship Foundation

 

Carole Ann Rand

Advocates for Self-Government

 

Prof Charles Rice

Notre Dame Law School

 

Sheldon Richman

Author

 

John Robbins

College of the Southwest

 

George Roche

Hillsdale College

 

Lew Rockwell [Jr.]

Ludwig Von Mises Institute

 

Rev R J Rushdoony

Chalcedon [RIP]

 

Hans Sennholz

Foundation for Economic Education

 

RC Sproul Jr

Ligonier Ministries

 

Robert Thoburn

Fairfax Christian School

 

Robert Thompson

Lane/Patterson Center for Ethical Public Policy

 

Dr Ron Trowbridge

Hillsdale College

 

Jeff Tucker

Mises Institute

 

Perry Willis

Exec. Director, Libertarian Party