Think Tanks and Organizations

Here's a list of useful sites, organizations, think tanks, and other resources where you can learn more about the concepts of liberty. 


Atlas Network: Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization connecting a global network of more than 475 free-market organizations in over 90 countries to the ideas and resources needed to advance the cause of liberty.

CalGuns Foundation: Founded by long-time civil rights activists in California to counter the marginalization of gun owners and combat the civilian disarmament movement, The Calguns Foundation (CGF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.


CATO Institute: The Cato Institute seeks to broaden the parameters of public policy debate to allow consideration of the traditional American principles of limited government, individual liberty, free markets and peace.


Center for Individualism: Our Mission - To lead a revival of self-reliance and individualism in America.  Our Vision - A national shift away from a culture of dependence and collectivism and towards a culture of individualism based on self-reliance, self-direction, and self-empowerment.


Competitive Enterprise Institute: The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit public policy organization dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty. CEI's mission is to promote both freedom and fairness by making good policy good politics.


EconLib: The Library of Economics Liberty (Econlib) is dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers a unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought.

The website is provided by Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Foundation develops, supervises, and finances its own educational activities, with the goal of fostering discussion and thought on enduring topics pertaining to the creation and maintenance of such a society.  Podcast available at:


Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF): The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense when your rights in the digital world come under attack, fighting for freedom primarily in the courts, bringing and defending lawsuits even when that means taking on the US government or large corporations.


Foundation for Economic Education (FEE): FEE's mission is to inspire, educate, and connect future leaders with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society.  These principles include: individual liberty, free-market economics, entrepreneurship, private property, high moral character, and limited government.


Gun Owners of California:  When the State Legislature sought to ban all handguns in California in 1975, the move generated strong support from elected officials and the main-stream media. Senator H.L. Richardson knew the liberals had thrown down the gauntlet, so he immediately went to work mobilizing enraged citizens from throughout the state – and Gun Owners of California was born. A direct mail attack was unleashed and the legislation was defeated. Thus began Gun Owners long-standing and distinctive work in the state. Not only are we the oldest but we are the hardest hitting, toughest fighting pro-gun organization in California.


Hayek Center: Resource web site featuring articles, books, audio, video, quotes and all things Hayek.


Hazlitt Policy Center: The Hazlitt Policy Center is a growing network of state legislators and full-time staff advocating for principled policies that free markets, protect civil liberties, and promote peace.


Hoover Institution: With its eminent scholars and world-renowned Library and Archives, the Hoover Institution seeks to improve the human condition by advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.


Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association: California's largest taxpayer rights organization. Committed to opposing new taxes and defending Prop. 13


Independent Institute: The Independent Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, public-policy research and educational organization that shapes ideas into profound and lasting impact through publications, conferences, and effective multi-media programs. Our mission is to boldly advance peaceful, prosperous, and free societies grounded in a commitment to human worth and dignity. Publisher of The Independent Review.  is the Cato Institute’s treasury of resources about the theory and history of liberty.


Mises Institute: The Mises Institute exists to promote teaching and research in the Austrian school of economics, and individual freedom, honest history, and international peace, in the tradition of Ludwig von Mises and Murray N. Rothbard.


Open The Books: At, we work hard to capture and post all disclosed spending at every level of government – federal, state, and local. We've successfully captured nearly 4 billion public expenditures, and we are rapidly growing our data in all 50 states down to the municipal level. We won't stop until we capture every dime taxed and spent by our government. As a government watchdog organization, we accept no government funding.


Ron Paul Institute: The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity is a project of Dr. Paul’s Foundation for Rational Economics and Education (F.R.E.E.), founded in the 1970s as an educational organization. The Institute continues and expands Dr. Paul’s lifetime of public advocacy for a peaceful foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties at home.


Students For Liberty: Students For Liberty is a rapidly growing network of pro-liberty students from all over the world. Our mission is to educate, develop, and empower the next generation of leaders of liberty. We are the largest libertarian student organization in the world.


Students For Sensible Drug Policy: Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP) is the only international network of students dedicated to ending the war on drugs. At its heart, SSDP is a grassroots organization, led by a student-run Board of Directors.


Young Americans for Liberty (YAL): The mission of Young Americans for Liberty is to identify, educate, train, and mobilize youth activists to make liberty win. Our goal is to cast the leaders of tomorrow and reclaim the policies, candidates, and direction of our government.


Alameda County YAL Chapters:

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CSU East Bay YAL: