Policy debates in our capitols, courthouses, classrooms, and communities were once
dominated by this question: How can government solve our problems?
This type of debate ignores how individuals, the marketplace, religious groups, and
private associations solve problems without relying on the force and intrusion of
The Mackinac Center has shifted the debate to include the question: Which institutions,
including government, have a role in solving our problems? The Center challenges the
premise that government should be the first choice for solving problems in our
communities, workplaces, and schools. Mackinac Center solutions are based on the
traditional American principles of individual liberty, economic freedom, limited
government, and respect for the property of others.
These principles are the foundation of America's growth and prosperity they can help
Michigan grow and prosper today.