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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Freedom in Film: Mockingjay, Part 1 (2014)

Kathryn Hickok | November 30, 2015
When the first film of the Hunger Games series premiered, Cascade’s Sarah Wolf wrote about the themes of human freedom found in the popular novels by Suzanne Collins. “In a ...  read more

This Thanksgiving, Are You Part of the One Percent?

Steve Buckstein | November 25, 2015
You may not have learned this in school, but prior to the 1623 Thanksgiving celebration in the Plymouth colony it had the equivalent of a modern-day socialist economy. Land and ...  read more

Freedom in Film and Fiction: A Cascade Series

Kathryn Hickok | November 24, 2015
Since 2013, “Freedom in Film and Fiction” has been an occasional series of book and film reviews housed on Cascade’s blog Cascade Insider. We’re moving this series to Cascade’s main ...  read more

Educational Savings Accounts: The “Smartphones” of Parental Choice

Kathryn Hickok | November 18, 2015
Yesterday the Senate Interim Education Committee of the Oregon Legislature held an informational hearing on Educational Savings Accounts, or ESAs. The focus of the hearing was the recently passed ESA ...  read more

That “old technocratic central planning impulse” is alive and well in Oregon

Steve Buckstein | November 17, 2015
One of the most memorable and talked about lines from the November 10th Republican presidential debate came from Senator Marco Rubio, who said, “For the life of me, I don’t ...  read more

Number of People in Extreme Poverty Drops to Record Low

Steve Buckstein | October 6, 2015
Malthus must be turning over in his grave after the World Bank announced this week that the percentage of the world’s 7.3-billion-plus people living in extreme poverty is likely to fall to a record low this year of under 10 percent. Using an updated international ...  read more

“Our System Is Set up to Fail”

Steve Buckstein | September 16, 2015
“Our system is set up to fail.” That’s not me talking, it’s then-Governor John Kitzhaber in a 2002 entry to his private journal, released as part of a public records request for his email correspondence. The full paragraph reads: “Our system is set up to ...  read more

The Everyday Heroes of 9/11, Remembered

Kathryn Hickok | September 10, 2015
“The greatest thing I ever did with my life.” The largest sea evacuation in history took place on September 11, 2001, when nearly 500,000 civilians were rescued from Manhattan by boat in less than nine hours. By comparison, during World War II, the evacuation after ...  read more
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