Political Advocacy

“If I am not for myself who is for me? And being for my own self, what am 'I'? And if not now, when?" ~ Hillel the Elder

The Bastiat Society is a 501c3 non-profit, which means we must remain non-political. However, this should not stop our members from getting involved in the political process.

The liberty "movement" is ripe with wonderful politically-minded organizations that would welcome your involvement.

Contact us if you do not see an opportunity on this page that interests you. We'll be happy to discuss additional options.


Our tips for political advocacy:

All politics is local: You'll have more success, and probably do more good by influencing local politics.

Invest wisely: Donating money to national political parties or candidates is like bringing sand to the beach. Instead, support community or state-based organizations and local candidates.

Write an op-ed: As a local business person, you have a unique voice. Use it.

Stay positive: Remember, the world is getting better because of economic freedom and peaceful trade.

Be patient, very patient: Real policy change happens at the 'speed of government.'

Join the Political Process

These organizations are a great place to start

The State Policy Network is made up of 59 freedom centers, at least one in every state, actively working every day to advance common sense public policy at the state and local levels. Leaders of State Policy Network think tanks are currentlyadvising new governors in states like South Carolina, Florida, Maine, Washington and Georgia, and staff members from various organizations served on gubernatorial transition teams in 30 states.

Support your local SPN organization > 

The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. Their mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics.

Founded in 1984, CEI has grown into an effective advocate for freedom on a wide range of critical policy issues, including energy, environment, business and finance, technology, telecommunications, and food and drug regulation.

Contact them if your company, or trade association, would like to address a policy issue.

Contact CEI:

Greg Conko, President

American's for Prosperity's mission is to mobilize citizens to advocate for policies that cut red tape and increase opportunity, put the brakes on government overspending, and get the economy working for hard workers– not special interests.

AFP is a grassroots organization with chapters around the United States. Contact your local chapter to get involved.

Put your business world experience to use in the policy world.

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Run for Local Political Office

Perhaps the most obvious and overlooked way to affect political change is to run for office. Moreover, in many parts of the world, local and state politics have a greater impact on your community than national elections. The good news is that national and state elections take center-stage, often leaving local incumbents unopposed.

Contact your local party chairperson for political opportunities in your area.

We are proud of our many Bastiat Society members and attendees currently serving as state senators, council members, judges, committee members, mayors, sheriffs, and local party officials.

Speak up! Write an Op-Ed.

People hear from politicians, academics, and pundits all the time, but as a member of the business community, you have a unique voice. If done right, opinion editorials are a fantastic way for you to influence your community. 

The hard part is getting your article published, so we've linked several articles (below) on how to write a great op-ed. 

Be sure to mention the Bastiat Society in your article and we'll do what we can to promote your article!

How to write an Op-Ed:

Tips from Duke University
Tips from the Op-Ed Project
Tips from the New York Times

Do Your Homework

Must-read books for any political advocate

The Law
by Frederic Bastiat

Print Edition

Online and Kindle

Economics in One Lesson
by Henry Hazlitt

Print Edition

Online and Audio

The Libertarian Mind
by David Boaz

Buy from Cato
Use code BASTIAT for 35% off

Buy from Amazon

The Rational Optimist
by Matt Ridley

Buy from Amazon

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