Northwood University Expands Thought Leadership Library with Addition of New Faculty Position Paper

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Libertarian Richard Ebeling Examines the Significance of the Declaration of Independence and the State of Today’s Government Involvement

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The government in our own time continues to weave a network of control and regulation over all we do in modern America.

In honor of Independence Day celebrations across the United States, Northwood University economist and noted libertarian thought leader Richard Ebeling has penned a new position paper, A Declaration of Independence from Big Government. The whitepaper is the latest addition to Northwood University’s Free Market Library, a comprehensive catalog of thought-leadership essays from university faculty and administrators.

This new essay examines the Declaration of Independence, looking at the history behind this venerable document, as well as the thought processes U.S. forefathers relied upon while drafting it in their ultimately successful efforts to break away from British rule.

“It is the founding document of the American experiment in free government,” notes Ebeling, an economics professor at Northwood University. “What too often is forgotten is that what the founding fathers argued against in the Declaration was the heavy and intrusive hand of big government. The founding fathers were making a revolution against government control, regulations and restrictions on the economic liberty of the people residing in the 13 colonies.”

Ebeling brings the reader back to contemporary times, reminding the reader to reflect upon the current state of legislative affairs, one in which he believes might just have come full circle

“The government in our own time continues to weave a network of control and regulation over all we do in modern America,” he says. “We need to ask, indeed, if we, too, need to declare our independence from big government.”

Ebeling is a well-noted authority on monetary economics and reform. While serving as vice president for The Future of Freedom Foundation (FFF), he co-edited and contributed to five books published by the FFF and wrote a monthly article and book review for FFF’s publication Freedom Daily. He also lectures widely on the problems of economic reform and change in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. Ebeling received his B.A. in economics from California State University-Sacramento, an M.A. in economics from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Middlesex in England.

He is slated to participate in two panel discussions at the upcoming FreedomFest 2014, July 9-12, in Las Vegas.

Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at two full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida and mid-Michigan. Adult Degree Programs are available in eight states with many course delivery options including an online option. The DeVos Graduate School offers day, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in Switzerland, China, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.

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