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The Education Liberator, Vol. 2, No. 6, July 1996

Freedom lovers against tax-funded vouchers

by Marshall Fritz

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
Samuel Blumenfeld
Burt Blumert
Center for Libertarian Studies
Pat Buchanan
The American Cause
Rev David Chilton
Paul Cleveland
Birmingham Southern College
Steve Dasbach
National Chair Libt. Party
Jack Dean
Dean Spear & Associates
Douglas Dewey
National Scholarship Center
Cathy Duffy
Home Run Enterprises
Brandon Dutcher
Oklahoma Center for Policy Analysis
Joe Fuhrig
Golden Gate University
Ben Gilmore
Principled Approach
Roy Hanson
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
Dwight Lee
University of Georgia
Bob Marlowe
Council for Educational Freedom
Rick Maybury
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
John Robbins
College of the Southwest
George Roche
Hillsdale College
Lew Rockwell
Ludwig Von Mises Institute
RJ Rushdoony
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