A free society is rooted in a complex and interrelated set of ideas, values, and institutions that provide for long-term peace, civility, and well-being.

An ideal free society fosters a spontaneous order, in which there is a division of labor based on comparative advantage and people help themselves by helping others. Social and material progress is driven by innovation and creative destruction, and resources are conserved and applied to their highest-valued use.

Altogether, these features of a free society result in the most beneficial form of social organization. Societies that best approximate these ideals have proven throughout human history to be the most successful at enabling widespread well-being, especially for the least fortunate.

The other dimensions described in the Framework play a critical role in achieving this vision.

    Vision IN PRACTICE


The Framework for a Free Society is not a source of new concepts; rather, it is the recognition of the work of thinkers throughout history. The development of the Framework is grounded in a rich literature of both those texts that have advanced these ideas and those that have provided a contrasting world view. The following are some of the works that influenced the development of the Framework for a Free Society: