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Benjamin D. Stafford

Research Intern

Benjamin D. Stafford was a summer 2007 research intern at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. This was his second summer as part of the Mackinac Center staff. A native of Parma, Mich., Stafford is a senior majoring in economics at Hillsdale College.

By Benjamin D. Stafford

Choice Leadership

Popular literature is full of praises for “the common man,” but as these two essays by Ben Stafford illustrate, it’s usually the uncommon men and women who make big things happen. Virginia Walden Ford and Alberta C. Wilson are too modest and focused on others to tell you themselves, but Ben makes it clear that many inner-city children and parents have benefited from the uncommonness of these two women. They are courageous, forward-thinking, can-do citizens. They understand the value of a good education and a strong character, and they have been willing to stand up for those values at no small expense to themselves. … more

Putting Families First

Happy Birthday to the Northwest Ordinance

The Difference One Can Make (Monograph)

Character saves lives, as the story of Nicholas Winton teaches us. It also defines each one of us as a person and in the process, shapes entire nations and determines their course. This is why the Mackinac Center for Public Policy has devoted talent and resources to the character issue. Though much of our work focuses on specific public policy issues, we know that good policy ultimately derives from good character. That’s another way of saying that we shouldn’t expect government to be any better than the people it reflects. We hope that these two essays will help spark a revival of interest in the critical role that character plays in a free society. … more

Survey 2006: School Outsourcing Continues to Grow

The difference one can make

Survey 2006: School Outsourcing Continues to Grow

With savings of this magnitude, it is not surprising that superintendents are investigating privatization. … more