The ideas of governance on which America is founded represent,
perhaps, man's greatest achievement. The idea that government must be
empowered only by the consent of the governed, is the most powerful
idea about governance ever conceived. At the end of the day, it is
the idea, and the system of governance, that will guide all people to
healthy, happy, and prosperous lives.
The mission of Freedom21 is to advance and promote the principles of freedom at every level of government.
A collection of commentaries, thoughts, and ideas on the issues we face in the advancement and defense of the principles of freedom.
Meet the Board of Directors and Advisors for Freedom21
The Environmental Conservation Organization, Inc., was founded in 1988 when 17 national organizations met in Chicago to devise a strategy to protect private property rights from erosion by excessive environmental
regulations. ECO was chartered in 1990 as a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit
organization. The organization moved to Hollow Rock, Tennessee in
Over the years, the mission of ECO expanded in scope - to advance the principles of freedom in public policy at every level of government. To more accurately reflect this expanded mission, the Board of Directors on October 17, 2008, made the decision to change the name of the organization to Freedom21, Inc.
Howard Hutchinson is
Chairman of the Board. He is also
Executive Director of the Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties. He
is a leader in property rights, and environmental issues. He is a
frequent resource for legislators, both state and federal, who rely
on his expertise.
Ronnie Merritt is
He is a member of New Mexico Cattle Growers' Association, the Public
Lands Advisory Council, and many other organizations. He writes a
monthly column for ecologic Powerhouse magazine.
Henry Lamb, founded the organization in 1988 and serves as its Executive
Vice President. He is also Chairman of Sovereignty International, and writes a weekly newspaper column for WorldNetDaily and other publications.
Norman Davis is Executive Director of
Take Back Kentucky. He has
developed a state-wide organizational plan that has been extremely effective in
influencing state legislation. He is in demand as a teacher and speaker
for organizations around the country.
Bert N. Smith
is Vice Chairman. He founded the legendary "Smith & Edwards" outlet
store in Ogden, Utah in 1947. He is a rancher, and a widely respected
freedom fighter. He serves on the board of the National Federal Lands
Conferences, and other organizations involved in advancing the
principles of freedom.
Fred Gielow is a Director. He is author of two
books, I Can't Believe You Said that, and You Don't Say.
He maintains a popular web site by the same
name. Fred serves on the Boards of several other freedom organizations.
Michael Oberndorf is Chairman of the Freedom21 Legislative Committee. He is currently a District Archaeologist, working in the Natahala National Forest in North Carolina.
Dr. John Cooper, Advisor, Wichita Collegiate
Nancie G. Marzulla, Advisor, Defenders
of Property Rights
Dr. Hugh Ellsaesser, Advisor,
Lawrence Livermore Labs (Ret.)
Dr. S. Fred Singer, Advisor Science & Environment