By Nancy Thorner –

Google and Facebook cross the privacy line and endanger American freedoms, two filmmakers told a capacity audience in Heartland Institute’s Andrew Breitbart Freedom Center last Wednesday. The Creepy Line, an 81-minute new documentary, revealed what director Matthew Taylor and producer Michele Taylor found while filming their expose.

Every day more and more information is coming out on the issue. “In making the documentary the plug had to be pulled on July 31, 2018, despite so much that has happened after that date,” Taylor told the audience.

The Creepy Line reveals how Google searches and Facebook newsfeeds can bias opinions without the reader knowing by manipulating search engines and news feed, presenting a serious threat to America’s democracy and elections.

The film’s title is from a remark made by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt several years ago in explaining how the company handles privacy:

“There’s what I call the ‘Creepy Line,’ and the Google policy about a lot of these things is to get right up to the creepy line but not cross the line.”

“Not so” said Matthew and Michelle Taylor. “The documentary proves this to be false. Google does cross over the creepy line.”

The Documentary

Silicon Valley, at the end of the 20th century, entered the information age that now spans the world through the Internet. The promise was to take all the world’s information and make it useful to everyone — almost like magic — with just a single word, “Search.”

Google and Facebook were both founded by mathematicians who promised to create a free flow of information. Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998 while Ph.D. students at Stanford University in California. Their site was named after a googol — the name for the number 1 followed by 100 zeros — found in the book “Mathematics and the Imagination” by Edward Kasner and James Newman. Facebook was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates

The “how” of making money soon became an issue, which was solved through tracking individual’s searches. Google could tell whether you were Republican or Democrat or gay or straight. Such information building blocks were used to construct individual profiles to sell on the Internet through targeted ads to the users.

Google was able to convince people it was well meaning and not harmful. Google even adopted a corporate slogan in 2003, “Don’t be evil,” but evil was never defined. After all, Google did have a clean homepage to convince users it was harmless; nevertheless, once people started going directly to websites so Google couldn’t track them through searches, Google built a browser, Chrome, to track them wherever they were. Google also came up with an operating system (Android) for smartphones that tracks what you’re doing — even when you’re not online. Google likewise built apps like Google Docs and Google Maps and other platforms to collect even more data about people.

Public Acquiesce

Why are people so accepting that the data Google and Facebook collects isn’t going to be used to manipulate them. An unconscious mind is being built by Google and Facebook that is filtering the world for us as they control the portals to information which makes us easier to control and manipulate. People possibly tell Google more than they would tell their wives or close friends. Google reads emails in order to send you targeted ads. Google even tracks your drafts that you didn’t send

The reason lies in the fact that both Google and Facebook give people things they want and don’t want to give up. Google offers quick web searches and free e-mails, while Facebook offers the ability to connect with others and then being able to say whatever they want.

Algorithm filter and manipulate our thought

Algorithms are behind the system of manipulating what we see by filtering out results and ranking them in order. You want the answer, not billions of webpages, so Google sorts through the hundreds of billions of webpages in its system to give back useful and relevant results in a fraction of a second. This creates a problem when it comes to political issues, because it will always favor one candidate over another, ensuring that a handful of people at the big technology companies will determine what a billion people think. Rarely do people go to the second page of search results, meaning that Google’s Search Engine Bias for one candidate can shift lots of votes.

As stated by filmmaker, Andrew Marcus, “What big tech has done to conservative and other undesirable publishers is nothing short of a digital Kristallnacht.” As such, Facebook delivered for Democrats in the midterms by erasing two billion GOP page views, thereby eliminating conservative content to suburban females. While in 2016 suburban voters and women would check Facebook pages and get conservative news, it’s no longer true. These same voters went Democrat in the midterms.

Facebook and Google say they are not legally responsible for things people say on their sites, claiming they operate on a neutral platform; however, the companies do take very aggressive editorial control and should not hide behind the law. As to why our government doesn’t interfere? Bias exists as our federal government uses Google tools, including Gmail. In that the Federal government runs on Google, how could it regulate it? Then too,

Google and Facebook regularly lobby state legislatures against passing stronger privacy legislation. Here is an excellent article by Tom Wu of 11/13/2018, detailing how big tech companies get by without regulation.

Google censorship and blacklisting

Google maintains a very dangerous blacklist called the quarantine list. It contains millions of websites that Google doesn’t want you to see. And there are no relevant regulations and no oversight.

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian professor who appears in the documentary, had his videos censored on Google-owned YouTube, which had received millions of views, because in his videos he was critical of using certain pronouns when it comes to referring to people. Google also shut off his Gmail account. The company said he violated their policy. But no explanation was given.

Dr. Epstein found out the hard way that Google can block a website through Firefox and Safari — even though those aren’t his browsers. It happened to him a day after he wrote an article about whether Google could tip an election. Epstein found that Google could influence elections by 10 percent through the top search results given by Google. The day after his article was published, Google blocked Dr. Epstein’s website from the internet, claiming it had been hacked.

As to Google’s plans for the future, a recent article by Heather Kelly of CNN Business relates how Google wants its virtual assistant in every room of your house. Google (GOOGL) imagines people living, parenting and even sleeping surrounded by its products. Voice assistants may have started in a single room for playing music, but Google’s house previews a future where almost every room has an always-listening microphone, a speaker, camera and a screen of some sort.

Undermining Democracy

Google and Facebook can be likened to 1930s fascism in Italy when the government fused with large corporations, but it’s being done more cleverly now as we all opted into Google and Facebook, trusting them to make right and good decisions for us. An unconscious mind is being built by Google and Facebook that is filtering the world for us as they control the portals to information which makes us easier to control and manipulate and has the power to undermine democracy without us knowing it.

We must be aware of what we are putting into our computers and what our computers are putting into us, since the entire Internet is based on surveillance. If action isn’t taken soon it will be harder to fight back, as all large tech companies, as totalitarian forces, are trying to control more and more of our lives.

The Creepy Line can be purchased here. It is also available on Amazon Prime. View the trailer here.

Photo credit: Mark Weyermuller

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Joe said…

These monopolies know that Democrats will do nothing. Eight years of Democrat rule showed that. Democrats are the party of money and have been for two straight elections in a row now. The question is, how do Democrats keep black voters in line? And if black voters bolt, have Democrats moved in enough replacements?
Reply Monday, November 19, 2018 at 11:19 AM
Frank Goudy said…

Will the Justice Department go after them or will they get a free ride.

Trump needs to recognize the dangers and take action.
Reply Monday, November 19, 2018 at 01:47 PM
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Why doesn’t Europe and Canada have our election farces? They use paper ballots counted in precincts. Meanwhile, the Florida stealing is more exposed every day. A Broward County deputy reported that a civil rights attorneys were handing out absentee ballots to inmates after the election, Broward County voting equipment was found stashed at an elementary school, and Democrat lawyers want a judge to change Florida law to hijack the election. Even Jeb Bush conceded that the Democrats are cheaters when stating that the Broward election chief should be removed from office.

It’s difficult to deny what has so openly taken place, such as when Broward County election officials blocked the view as ballots were bundled and bagged in the Davie Florida voting center. Even so, Jeb Bush is not about to admit the main reason why the Democrats are close in Florida and overwhelming in California. The Geller Report says it is because of illegal alien voting.

There was, however, some good news as of Thursday, November 14, 2018, DeSantis has all but won the governor’s race in Florida, given that after a machine count tally DeSantis was still 1.4 points ahead of Democrat Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum – enough, making a hand count unnecessary.

More suspicious state elections?

Regarding Arizona, Adrian Fontes, an attorney representing clients in narco-terrorism and firearms scandals, faces accusations of employing corrupt vote-counting practices. Maricopa County delivered a late-breaking lead to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema in the U.S. Senate race with Republican Martha McSally. McSally led the race for two days until large batches of votes in Maricopa County flipped the lead to Sinema. Jeff Flake, in speaking for the Mormon Church and the McCain wing of the Arizona Republican party, congratulated Kyrsten Sinema on her victory: “Mission Accomplished, Trump loses another one.”

This account of fraud in New Mexico is possibly unknown to many because of all the focus on Florida, Ohio, and Alabama. Yvette Herrell, a Republican conservative candidate, campaigned for the 2nd Congressional District in New Mexico on a Trump-like platform. According to Herrell, an hour after some media outlets called the race over her challenger Democrat Xochitl Torres Small, and having given her victory speech, the Secretary of State’s office called and reported that it had magically found 4,000 ballots that had not been counted. About an hour later the office said there were an additional 4,000 ballots

Ryan’s leadership contributes to loss of House

Here is a good summary of how House Speaker Paul Ryan failed the Republican Party. Ryan could add no budget cuts to fund tax cuts which hit Republicans in Democrat states by taking away their local and state deductions, coupled with terrible advertising and no money to spare for conservatives like David Brat. With the nomination of Ryan’s second in command as minority leader, Kevin McCarthy, this does not bode well for Trump to win in 2020.

Although 20% of the seats the Republicans lost were from areas that lost their state and local Federal income tax deduction, that still doesn’t explain the loss of the House in the face of record early voting and massive turnout for Trump’s rally. Besides naked fraud, the real reason was the terrible messaging of Republican consultants who spent it all on bad TV ads recycling the same stuff they have been using since 2010. Only Trump was talking about how hard left the Democrat leadership had become. Only Trump was attempting to get the grass roots involved.

Ushering in Democrat Control

First order of business is for Nancy Pelosi and the present Democrat leadership to get elected to power. Pelosi most likely will be elected to lead the House but will likely be embarrassed, as Paul Ryan was, with about a dozen defections. The anti-Pelosi Democrats are split between those who said they wouldn’t vote for her to pretend they were a moderate and the Lefties who think she is too accommodating with the evil Republicans.

Now that Democrats are in control of the House, expect to see more legislating from the bench, as well as wholesale abuse of Congressional subpoenas. Already reported is that Democrats are loading the “subpoena cannon” with 85+ Trump targets.” Democrats know if elections can’t solve “problems”, you can always rig some prosecution.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal about the power shift to Adam Schiff:

“Arguably the most important power at stake in Tuesday’s election was Congressional oversight, and the most important change may be Adam Schiff at the House Intelligence Committee. The Democrat says his top priority is re-opening the Trump-Russia collusion probe, but more important may be his intention to stop investigating how the FBI and Justice Department abused their power in 2016.”

Prosecution as a Democrat Strategy

What has been learned to date about the Russia collusion probe? Credit for knowing anything at all goes to Intel Chairman Devin Nunes and more recently a joint investigation by Reps. Bob Goodlatte… and Trey Gowdy… Over 18 months of reviewing tens of thousands of documents and interviewing every relevant witness, no Senate or House Committee has unearthed evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia… If Special Counsel Robert Mueller has found more, he hasn’t made it public.”

In a justice system as corrupt as our elections Hillary Clinton and Jane Sanders escaped prosecution, while “extreme right wing” Jerome Corsi is being railroaded. For the past two months, Mueller’s team has been probing whether Corsi had a source who gave him advance warning that WikiLeaks had obtained emails stolen from Clinton’s then-campaign chairman John Podesta before they were released in October 2016. The screws are being turned on Corsi from exposing John Kerry in 2004 (Unfit for Command) and from exposing Obama as an enemy of the state in his new and much anticipated book, Where’s the Birth Certificate?

Dry run for 2020?

Without doubt, the Left has done a great job in blaming every problem they create (like the California fires) on their enemies. The fact that blacks and single women fall farther and farther behind in Democrat controlled cities and states is also blamed on those evil Republicans.

As noted by Representative Gaetz, the Democrats in the mid-terms were testing how far they can get away with naked election fraud because they feel they must beat Trump in 2020 or lose total control of the Federal Judiciary that has jammed their agenda through from abortion on demand to gay marriage to DACA. Like Trump’s European and Chinese enemies, they are backed into a corner and it is either rule or ruin because the status quo can’t be held up too much longer.

Immigration will likely remain a hot issue in the 2020 election. Trump could have gotten his Mexican wall by vetoing budgets in the past and daring Congress to shut down the government funded by debt, but any threat of a shut down now in the Lame Duck session seems hollow with the Democrats soon to take power. Even Trump’s “Republican” enemies won’t yield in a lame duck on immigration.

The bottom line is to control immigration. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. could be double at what the generally accepted estimate is, according to a study released Friday by researchers from Yale University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. And illegals do vote, as was evident in the mid-terms.

Will there be enough illegals voting to flip states like Florida, Texas, and Arizona to even give Kamala Harris a victory in 2020, that is, unless Trump can curb it or flip enough independents that didn’t vote Republican in 2016 or 2018 to win reelection in 2020.

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Twila Brase, RN, PHN, president and co-founder of the Citizens’ Council for Health Freedom (CCHF), was featured at Heartland Institute November 7th. Twila was voted #75 on Modern Healthcare’s 2009 list of the “100 most Powerful People in Healthcare.” Brase’s commentaries have appeared in, the Star Tribune, The Hill, Townhall, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Times. Her article “Blame Congress for HMOs” has been reprinted in the Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Introduced by Jim Lakely, Communications Director at The Heartland Institute, Twila Brase addressed the very important topic of healthcare as set forth in her book, Big Brother in the Exam Room (The Dangerous Truth about Electronic Heath Records). Twila’s remarks were striking in content and elicited a cause for concern among attendees.

Below are Twila Brase’s own words about her book: (Order here Big Brother in the Exam Room)

“There are serious dangers lurking behind the government’s $30 billion electronic health record (ERH) experiment. This omnipresent technology turns doctors into date clerks and shifts attention from patients to paperwork–while health plans, government agencies, and the health data industry profit. HIPAA “privacy” rule protects the confidentiality of their medical information will be shocked to discover it makes their medical records an open book. ”

Twila Brase, RN, PHN speaks (Watch the video presentation of Twila Brase here.)

Twila Brase spoke convincingly about surveillance and how it has always been a tool of control. The Stasi in East Germany kept detailed files using IBM’s Hollerish machine. Our Founding Fathers added the Bill of Rights to our Constitution to protect privacy, but with the emergence of the surveillance-enable technologies of today, our freedoms risk being taken away.

Intrusion into our lives began in the 1940’s when America’s third-party payee system began with employer-sponsored coverage, the first being Blue Cross and Blue Shield. When Americans handed over their financial responsibility for medical bills to third party payers they gradually lost choices, privacy, control, and freedom.

The next big invasion into our privacy came in 2004, when Congress mandated the use of government-certified electronic health records (EHRs). All public and private healthcare providers and other eligible professionals (EP) were required to adopt and demonstrate “meaningful use” of electronic medical records (EMR) by January 1, 2014 in order to maintain their existing Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement levels if doctors and hospitals refuse to install a government-certified HR (or refuse to demonstrate Meaningful Use), they will receive reduced Medicare payments.

Certification of CEHRT technology resulted in a system meant not to improve patient care, but to do what the government wants it to do, billing, reporting, and data analytics. It’s like Big Brother in the examining room where patient information is collected through CEHRT technology which is linked to a national medical records system.

HIPPA and Privacy

About HIPPA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was enacted by the United States Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996. It evolved out of Hillary Clinton’s Health Care plan.

Twila spoke at length about the HIPAA privacy rule and how the public has no idea that HIPAA, instead of protecting them, eviscerates them. Patients have no idea that the “patient portal” is government-mandated as part of Meaningful Use and used to capture patient-generated data. With billions of dollars now in the hands of third parties, privacy rights are being destroyed by third parties who claim they have the right to decide who gets the dollars and what the dollars pay for. They also decide how much of a patient’s medical record must be disclosed before they’ll agree to pay part of, all, or maybe none of the patient’s medical bills.

Protecting your medical privacy

The very last chapter of Twila’s book lists forty-one steps for Citizens and Patients to protect their privacy, safety, and freedom. Eight are listed below:

Verify accuracy of treatment ordered and information recorded.
Ask your physician to certify that your treatment plan is not part of a research program.
Ask hospitals and clinics for an “accounting of disclosures” for disclosures of your data made in the past six years — a right patients have under HIPPA to information on certain disclosures, including for research and other “nonroutine purposes.”
Ask if your treatment options are being limited or influenced by the computer, standardized treatment protocols, value-based payment programs, or quality measurement requirements for reimbursement.
Refuse to sign the HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices acknowledgement statement.
Refuse to sign electronic pads; ask for the physical document and then make a signing decision on paper.
Refuse to fill out patient-satisfaction surveys.
Only provide information pertinent to the purpose of your visit with the doctor,

Jim Lakely details important Heartland activities and successes

Jim Lakely, Director of Communications at The Heartland Institute, opened the event, explaining to any newcomers present that Heartland was a 34-year-old nonprofit organization fighting for individual liberty and free markets, with an outreach program that works closely with state legislators.

As to the kinds of things Heartland does, Lakely noted Heartland’s four-part Climate Disruption Project:

James Taylor, a senior fellow at Heartland, debated the idea of carbon taxes on carbon dioxide at the American Enterprise Institute, after it was learned there was no one on the panel to challenge the validity of tax.
An event with actual climate scientists was held in California to counter Al Gore’s Climate Action Summit.
Heartland will be in Munich, Germany for an upcoming Climate Conference.
Heartland will attend the United Nations’ Conference of the Parties event (COP-24) in Poland in December to tell present the non-alarmist truth about the climate.

In a brief discussion of the day after the midterm elections, Lakely called it a “mixed bag.” Nevertheless, Heartland, through educating voters, helped defeat the following ballot initiatives on energy policy:

Washington state: Carbon dioxide tax was rejected.
Colorado: Banning of fracking was rejected.
Arizona: Expansion of renewal power mandate was rejected.

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The Heartland Institute celebrated its 34th Anniversary with a reception and dinner at The Cotillion in Palatine, Illinois, on Friday October 26, 2018. The Heartland Institute is a national, nonprofit research and education organization devoted to discovering, developing, and promoting free-market solutions to social and economic problems.

Welcoming remarks by Heartland’s President and CEO

Welcoming remarks were made by Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D., President and CEO of The Heartland Institute, to an estimated 400 attendees. From 2011 to 2017, Dr. Huelskamp served three terms in Congress representing the 1st District in Kansas, which he called “six long years” under the Obama presidency. Dr. Huelskamp succeeded Heartland’s co-founder and long-time president Joseph Bast as Heartland CEO in January 2018, although Bast continues to serve Heartland as a director and senior fellow.

Dr. Huelskamp called the 34th Anniversary event “an amazing evening to honor an amazing couple and the amazing gift of freedom promoted by Heartland.” Because of the interaction of Heartland and the EPA, the nation is winning on Energy and the Environment. As Huelskamp explained, “fewer regulations and less government equals more freedom.”

Huelskamp touted the Right to Try Bill, for which he was present in the White House Rose Garden on May 30, 2018, when President Trump signed this legislation giving terminally ill patients the opportunity to seek experimental drug treatments that are not fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Huelskamp then spoke about the work by Heartland in all 50 states to deliver its freedom message with a focus on the issues in education, environmental protection, health care, budgets and taxes, and constitutional reform. Heartland sends three monthly policy newspapers – Budget & Tax News, Environment & Climate News,and School Reform News – to every national and state elected officials in the United States and thousands of civic and business leaders.

Lastly, Huelskamp reminded attendees that they were here tonight “to support freedom.”

Featured Speaker, Judge Andrew Napolitano

Featured speaker, Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, joined Fox News Channel (FNC) in January 1998 and currently serves as the senior political analyst, providing legal analysis on both FNC and Fox Business Channel.

The theme of Napolitano’s comments centered on “The Constitution and Human Freedom”, in which the Judge expressed his displeasure over the assault of our natural right by our government.

Napolitano’s address began with his account of St Thomas Moore, arguing as his own lawyer for alleged treason in 1535 for his refusal to acknowledge Henry VIII as the head of the Roman Catholic Church of England, was beheaded. When St. Thomas Moore was making his case to the jury he used the following argument, which became known as Moore’s statement of natural law:

“Some men say the earth is flat.
Some men say the earth is round.
But if it is flat. Could Parliament make it round?
And if it round. Could the kings command flatten it?”

It is a given that the parliament or the king cannot make the round earth flat or a flat earth round, but St. Thomas Moore was not only appealing to the common sense of his juries, but also to their understanding of the natural law that regulates and controls even the king!

Thomas Jefferson, as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, used a version of Moore’s statement of natural law in musing upon the nature of natural law; however, Jefferson derived the most famous ideas in the Declaration of Independence from the writings of English philosopher John Locke. Locke wrote that all individuals are equal in the sense that they are born with certain “inalienable” natural rights, rights that are God-given and can never be taken or even given away. Among Locke’s fundamental natural rights, were “life, liberty, and property.” , which were extolled by Jefferson in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certainunalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and thePursuit of Happiness.”

What are our rights? They are these areas of human behavior for which you don’t need a government permission slip to make free choices:

Life, liberty, pursuit of happiness
self defense
to inherit, earn, and keep property
the right and duty to demand that civil authorities obey the law
the right to live our lives free from interference from civil government
the right to worship God

These essential American rights were embodied in our Bill of Rights, and, as such, the government cannot take them away. They are free from interference by the government. While a person can surrender his/her natural right which come from God, but he/she cannot surrender the rights of another. And because the Declaration identifies the Creator as the grantor of rights, we look to the Bible, or to the Natural Law, to see what those rights are.

Napolitano further explained how an assault of our natural rights began almost immediately in the administration of our second president, John Adams, when he enacted the Alien and Sedition Act, which Napolitano called abominable.

The Sedition Act clearly violated individual protections under the first amendment of the Constitution; however, the practice of “judicial review,” whereby the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of laws was not yet well developed.

“Under the terms of this law over 20 Republican newspaper editors were arrested and some were imprisoned. The most dramatic victim of the law was Representative Matthew Lyon of Vermont. His letter that criticized President Adams’ “unbounded thirst for ridiculous pomp, foolish adulation, and self avarice” caused him to be imprisoned. While Federalists sent Lyon to prison for his opinions, his constituents reelected him to Congress even from his jail cell.”

According to Judge Napolitano, everything our government has ever done, other than to protect our natural rights, has been ill-conceived, for, according to the Judge, “protecting our natural rights is what we have a government for.” As to the 4th Amendment, for Napolitano it poses the greatest risk for government. Codified in the Fourth Amendment is the right to be left alone. It protects people from unreasonable searches and seizures by the government. However, it is not a guarantee against all searches and seizures, but only those that are deemed unreasonable under the law. As such the Judge condemned the Patriot Act as “abominable” and an “infringement of our natural rights.”

In closing Judge Napolitano offered this warning: “When people fear the government there is tyranny, but when government fears the people there is liberty.”

Judge Napolitano, an outspoken critic of government intervention

Judge Napolitano lived up to his reputation as an outspoken analyst of the legal system, most fervent critic of government intervention into personal lives and commercial transactions and most passionate defender of the Constitution. Although the Judge was entertaining, he appeared self-absorbed and pompous to Thorner and others attending the event. He seemed to take credit for George W. Bush winning the chad debacle in Florida over his challenger Al Gore.

Napolitano was appalled at the idea of reigning in the media, even though the mainstream media is attempting to destroy President Trump and his administration with its fake news and distortions. Concerning Fox News, Napolitano bashed the network for being all Trump all the time, yet Napolitano is paid by Fox News for his political analysis. Unfavorable remarks were also made about President Trump.

When questioned whether he would ever like to sit on the Supreme Court, Napolitano answered: “I’ve had fantasies of being appointed to the Supreme Court, but I am too “long in the tooth for this president to consider me.” Napolitano appeared to Thorner as a Never Trumpster

2018 Liberty Prize winners honored, Joe and Diane Bast

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2018 Liberty Prize winners to Joe and Diane Bast.

Joseph Bast was Heartland’s president since its founding in 1984 until January of 2018, when Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D. succeeded co-founder and long-time president, Joseph Bast. Joe’s wife, Diane Bast, worked as an editor at Heartland almost as long as her husband.

For many Joe and Diane Bast represent the face of Heartland with its mission to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. Their hard work and dedication was instrumental in developing The Heartland Institute into a premium think tank known throughout the world, especially as one promoting skepticism of man-made climate change.

See here the Video tribute to Joe and Diane Bast shown before Joe and Diane Bast were presented with the 2018 Heartland Liberty Prize. The video features comments from: Bob Chitester, founder, Free to Choose Network; Grover Norquist, president, Americans for Tax Reform; Grace-Marie Turner, president, The Galen Institute; Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief, Forbes Media; Fr. Robert Sirico, president, The Acton Institute; Lawrence Reed, president, Foundation for Economic Freedom; Matt Kibbe, president, Free the People; Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow, The Heritage Foundation; David Boaz, vice president, The Cato Institute; Jim Johnston, founding board member, The Heartland Institute; Larry Arnn, president, Hillsdale College; David Theroux, president, The Independent Institute; Twila Brase, president, Citizen’s Council for Health Freedom.

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