Progress Requires Freedom

Those who subscribe to the principles of individual liberty, limited government and free markets call themselves by many names, including conservative, liberal and libertarian. Cascade combines an appreciation for private enterprise and the market process with a respect for civil liberties. In short, we believe that human happiness, prosperity and social harmony require a limited government that upholds property rights and leaves individuals free to pursue their dreams.

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Report Shows No Return on Public Investment for Oregon Wave Energy Trust

John Charles | December 19, 2014
PORTLAND, Ore. – A new report released by Cascade Policy Institute concludes that the public-private partnership Oregon Wave Energy Trust has failed to achieve a return on public investment. The ...  read more

Portland’s Streetcar Audit: What Went Wrong?

Cascade Policy Institute | December 17, 2014
Last Thursday, auditors released a report questioning the Portland Streetcar’s performance. Ridership counts were inflated by 19%. Several additional metrics, including hourly vehicle operating costs and on-time performance, were either ...  read more

Why Do City Leaders Keep Portland in the “Transportation Dark Ages?”

Steve Buckstein | December 9, 2014
In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. Last weekend, Uber began operating in Portland without permission, ...  read more

Portland Should Join the “Free World” of Ridesharing

Steve Buckstein | December 9, 2014
In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard, Oregon joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. Conspicuously absent from this list was the region’s ...  read more

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Cascade Policy Institute | December 5, 2014
Holiday $5 New Member Bonuses! Subscribe yourself and send to friends so they can help Cascade Policy Institute for free. Friends, The holidays are here — time to share. When better to help Cascade Policy Institute. ...  read more

Freedom in Film: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)

Kathryn Hickok | December 12, 2014
Last year, Cascade’s Sarah Wolf wrote about the themes of human freedom in the first film of the Hunger Games series, based on the popular novels by Suzanne Collins. “In a society where rules and oppression define the lives of its citizens,” she wrote, “the fictional ...  read more

Who’s Accountable to Parents?

Kathryn Hickok | November 21, 2014
Controversial Seaside Conference Provokes Questions About Parents’ Rights in Education KOIN 6 News’ Carla Castano reported this week that children as young as 11 have been attending an “adolescent sex conference” held annually in Seaside, Oregon. The conference, which involves some taxpayer money, is directed ...  read more

Things We Take for Granted

Kathryn Hickok | November 10, 2014
If your kitchen has white ovenproof baking dishes featuring little blue flowers, you can thank Dr. Donald Stookey, who died last week at age 99. Dr. Stookey was the scientist and inventor who created CorningWare, “a type of glass so strong that the military used ...  read more
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