Dr. George C. Leef--born Feb. 4, 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. B.A. from Carroll College, Waukesha, Wisconsin in 1973. J.D. from Duke University Law School in 1977. Worked for Milliken & Co. 1977-1979. Taught economics, law, logic and philosophy at Northwood University 1980-1989 with rank of assistant professor. Labor Law Policy Advisor to Michigan Senate Programs & Policies Staff, 1989-1990. Legislative Aide to Michigan State Senator David Honigman, 1991-1996. Adjunct Scholar with Mackinac Center for Public Policy, 1988 to present. Former President of Patrick Henry Associates; Liberty consultants, East Lansing, Michigan.  Currently, vice president of the Pope Center for the Study of Higher Education in North Carolina.

He is author of a forthcoming book entitled Labor Law Versus Liberty; he is also the book review editor for The Freeman and has written essays for The Wall Street Journal, the Detroit Free Press, and The Detroit News.  He also lecturs and debates frequently on a variety of topics involving the economic and moral virtues of freedom and the harms of statism.

Candidate for U.S. Congress in 1984 on Libertarian Party ticket.

The Morality of Hiring Striker Replacements

Is the hiring of workers to replace striking employees a moral decision, a business concern, or both? A look at the inherent rights of workers and freedom of contract resolves the matter easily. … more

Ending the Lawyer Monopoly

A Michigan statute that protects lawyers from competition contributes to sky-high attorney fees that burden the average consumer and prevents many poor people from affording simple legal services. … more

Competitive Contracting Is the Taxpayer's Best Friend

When government construction projects do not even accept bids from nonunion firms, the taxpayers pay more and nonunion workers are denied employment opportunities. … more

More to Do on Workers' Compensation Reform

Michigan is winning the battle to control its workers' compensation costs. It is time to celebrate that success, and take the next steps for improvement. Progress can still be made in getting the injured back to work and screening out dubious claims. … more

A Constitutional Convention Wish List

Our state constitution would be improved if it incorporated provisions to restrict the state's ability to dictate terms of private contracts, protect and enhance educational freedom, and limit regulatory "takings" of private property. … more

A Moving Experience

State regulations exist that stifle competition, protect inefficiency, and encourage movers to "call the cops" on each other. It's time to open the market up to competition and consumer choice. … more

Protecting the Public from Competition

Michigan's bureaucratic regulation of the intrastate trucking industry is not intended to protect the general public from harm. Rather, it is intended to protect existing truckers from aggressive competition in a free market. The sad case of a Grand Rapids company, Federal Armored, proves it. … more

The Most Expensive Lottery Tickets in the Country?

Thanks to a 1937 law requiring state printing be done according to "prevailing wages," Michigan pays one-third more for printing lottery tickets than Indiana, Kentucky, and New York. Repealing it would save taxpayers more than $2 million. … more

How Well Do Schools Prepare Their Students?

Today, too many students have poor reading and writing skills, little motivation to learn, and minimal ability to reason. When East Harlem, New York, adopted a choice plan, student motivation and academic achievement improved dramatically. … more

Time to Rethink Unemployment Insurance

The unemployment insurance system extends the very unemployment it is intended to alleviate and taxes stable firms to subsidize unstable ones. It's time to consider alternatives. … more