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Mackinac Center Policy Forum

Traverse City

The Mackinac Center Policy Forum is a half day devoted to public policies that matter greatly to friends of free markets and free people. Join us in Traverse City as we discuss such topics as government internet, free market environmentalism, the state budget and related tax debate, education reform and recent legislative action.

Planning for Life Workshop – Charlevoix, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2019 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Protecting Your Property Against Abusive Governments

Mackinac Center Policy Forum - Troy

For too long, Michigan law has made it easy for certain local governments to confiscate your property through dubious means, with some Southeast Michigan agencies being some of the most egregious offenders. However, the tide is starting to turn and provide Michiganders with a greater level of legal protections against such overreach. A new state law prohibits local law enforcement agencies from taking your personal property without first convicting you of a crime, while a pair of lawsuits are challenging the practice of practice of home equity theft by government.

Planning for Life Workshop – Birmingham, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2019 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

The Policy Circle: Start the Conversation

Free Enterprise

Please Join Sylvie Légère, President and Co-Founder of The Policy Circle, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Policy Circle Conversation to discuss Free Enterprise.

Lessons from Ronald Reagan

from the 1980s to Today

Join us to hear Dr. Larry Schweikart speak about his new biography title Reagan: The American President.

National School Choice Week

Student displays, performances and testimonials will showcase the value Michigan families receive when they exercise choice to meet their educational needs.

Brews and Views

Join us for a panel discussion on the role of private efforts to protect and conserve natural areas and resources.

Planning for Life Workshop – Farmington Hills

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Little Pink House Screening

Join the Mackinac Center for a private screening of the compelling film about small town heroes who challenged one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical corporations and an overreaching government all the way to the Supreme Court.

Making Waves with the Mackinac Center

Join us for a sunset cruise and a free market discussion on energy and property rights.

Featuring: Jason Hayes, director of environmental policy at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Planning for Life Workshop – Bay Harbor Yacht Club

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Planning for Life Workshop – Midland, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2018 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

An Evening with the Mackinac Center

Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.

A Politically Incorrect Guide to Communism

For decades after the end of the "Great War," communism was on the march. Bolshevik Russia expanded its territory into large segments of Eastern Europe, Chairman Mao took China, and one-party rule dominated in much of Asia, Latin America and Africa. Cuba, a close U.S. ally merely 100 miles from Florida, launched a communist dictatorship that is now nearly six decades old.

Planning for Life Workshop – Southfield, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

An Evening with the Mackinac Center

Join us for an evening of fellowship among friends of liberty.

Planning for Life Workshop – Traverse City, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2017 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Children of Monsters: The Strange Lives of Children of Dictators

Featuring Jay Nordlinger

Please join us at Northwood University as Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, presents his book "Children of Monsters: An Inquiry into the Sons and Daughters of Dictators."

Legacy Society Luncheon: The Morality of Capitalism

Please join us as we welcome Doug Bandow, Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, as guest speaker at the Mackinac Center Legacy Society Annual Luncheon this year. Mr. Bandow will share the moral arguments for free-market principles in his talk, Morality of Capitalism.

"Rich States, Poor States" Presentation – Traverse City, MI

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Mackinac Center for Public Policy have partnered to bring Jonathan Williams, vice president of the Center for State Fiscal Reform at ALEC and co-author of the 9th Edition of Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. Mr. Williams will discuss the policy trends over the years that helped Michigan's economy recover and what needs to be done to keep Michigan moving forward.

Friedman Legacy Day

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the 10th Annual Milton Friedman Legacy Day.

Planning for Life Workshop – Suttons Bay, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Planning for Life Workshop – Grand Rapids, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Planning for Life Workshop – Detroit, MI

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2016 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Screening of 'Poverty, Inc.'

Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

The Flint Water Crisis and the Challenge of City Infrastructure

Sponsored by Northwood University’s Forum for Citizenship and Enterprise and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Friends of Freedom

Featuring Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter

Acton Lecture Series: 'Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism'

There's little truly "progressive" about Progressivism. True progress happens when humans are free, yet the Progressive agenda substantially diminishes freedom while promising the unachievable. Based on his recent book—Lawrence Reed will tackle many of the most common economic, philosophic and historical errors of “progressive” ideology.

Legacy Society Luncheon

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy invites you to join us for our 2015 Legacy Society Luncheon with special guest Jay Nordlinger of National Review.

Planning for Life Workshop

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Friedman Legacy Day

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Northwood University Forum for Citizenship & Enterprise cordially invite you to join us in celebrating Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015.

Planning for Life Workshop

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Planning for Life Workshop

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy announces our 2015 Planning for Life Workshops around Michigan.

Money in Politics: How Much Should Be Disclosed?

The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate

The Mackinac Center’s Arthur N. Rupe Foundation Debate will address the question of whether individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations or political issues should be able to maintain their privacy.

Proposal 1: What It Is and How It Affects Taxpayers

Club Mid

On May 5th Michigan voters will vote on Proposal 1, a constitutional amendment and series of bills that will go into effect if the amendment is approved. A large piece of the proposal is raising the sales tax...

Is Big Business a Danger to Economic Liberty?

Please join the Mackinac Center for Public Policy for a Club Mackinac event in Grand Rapids, as we welcome Timothy P. Carney, senior political columnist at the Washington Examiner, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and the author of two books: The Big Ripoff, and Obamanomics. 

A Conversation About Private School Choice with Dr. Michael Q. McShane and Bruce Braun

Club Mid

Featuring Michael Q. McShane, a research fellow in education policy studies at AEI.

A Formula for Happiness with Arthur Brooks

Join AEI president Arthur Brooks for a discussion on the intersection between work, happiness, and human flourishing. This event is co-sponsored by The Mackinac Center, AEI, and Acton.

National School Choice Week at the Capitol

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy and partner organizations cordially invite you to join us in celebrating National School Choice Week with an event from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Jan. 27, 2015, at the Capitol.

Planning for Life Workshop

Please join us for a luncheon celebrating the Mackinac Center's Legacy Society and featuring keynote speaker Kevin D. Williamson.

A Vision for Michigan's Future

Club Mid

Featuring Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette

Liberty and Character – The Indispensable Connection

Club Mid

Featuring Lawrence W. Reed, president emeritus of the Mackinac Center and current president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).

The Ticket: The Many Faces of School Choice

National School Choice Week Celebration

Our guests will discuss the benefits of different, emerging models of educational options and what is possible for Michigan.