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Leadership for America

Enterprise & Free Markets

Eliminating barriers to enterprise and innovation.

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Statement of Purpose

In addition to being the primary engine of our economic growth and prosperity, the entrepreneurial spirit is inextricably linked to the inalienable rights enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, including liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As Winston Churchill once said, “America is an idea, not a place.” Central to the American idea is the notion that individual dignity necessarily includes the freedom to work hard, be creative and get ahead in life without interference by the state. As such, entrepreneurship has historically been seen in America as a fundamental expression of the human spirit.


  1. 1.To secure broad public support for the merits of enterprise and free market principles in America.

  2. 2.To eliminate unnecessary regulations that hamper risk-taking by private enterprise and obstruct the freedom and flexibility of American workers.

  3. 3.To remove protectionist trade policies and other obstacles to free trade, and make the United States #1 in the Index of Economic Freedom.

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Experts From This Initiative

  • James L. Gattuso James L. Gattuso

    James Gattuso handles regulatory and telecommunications issues for The Heritage Foundation as a Senior Research Fellow in its Roe Institute ...

  • Rea S. Hederman, Jr. Rea S. Hederman, Jr.

    As director of the Center for Data Analysis (CDA), Rea S. Hederman Jr. is The Heritage Foundation's top "number cruncher." He oversees the t...

  • David C. John David C. John

    David John is one of five experts who "exert more influence" on the Social Security debate than anyone else in Washington – and he is Th...

  • James Sherk James Sherk

    As research fellow in labor economics at The Heritage Foundation, James Sherk researches ways to promote competition and mobility in the wor...

  • Diane Katz Diane Katz

    Diane Katz, who has analyzed and written on public policy issues for more than two decades, is a research fellow in regulatory policy at...

  • Bryan Riley Bryan Riley

    Bryan Riley is a full-time advocate for free trade through his research and writing for The Heritage Foundation. He brings years of experi...

  • David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D. David B. Muhlhausen, Ph.D.

    David B. Muhlhausen, a leading expert on evaluating the effectiveness of federal social programs, is a veteran analyst in The Heritage Found...


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