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The Acton Institute

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The Acton Institute (founded in 1990) is a nonprofit, notpartisan organization in Michigan that promotes a free, virtuous and humane society. This direction recognizes the benefits of a limited government and a free market.


Founded in April 1990, the Acton Institute is named in honor of John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834-1902). The most notable conclusion of his work is that political liberty is the essential condition and guardian of religious liberty. In order to promote a more profound understanding of the coming together of faith and liberty, the Institute involves members of religious, business and academic spheres in its various seminars, publications and academic activities.[1]

Policy positions

  • Business and society: Acton Institute believes that commerce is an essential component of any society, enabling individuals to freely serve the needs of one another through mutually beneficial exchange.
  • Educational choice: Acton Institute promotes increased competition and parental involvement in educational decision making as a means for furthering the intellectual and moral formation of America's children.
  • Effective compassion: Acton Institute envisions a revitalized civil society that is energetically involved in transforming the lives of the poor with a minimum of government intervention.
  • Environmental stewardship: Acton Institute recognizes that a strong, vibrant economy, and a vigorous commitment to property rights are essential to creating the necessary incentives for sound ecological stewardship practices.
  • International trade: Acton Institute is committed to the free exchange of goods and services between persons, and acknowledges the essential relationship between a free, open economy and a free and prosperous people.
  • Technology and regulation: Acton Institute advocates a free economy and the notion that high technology plays a vital role in improving the lives of consumers through innovation; hence, creativity should not be hampered by governmental intrusion.


161 Ottawa Ave. NW, Suite 301
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: 616.454.3080
Fax: 616.454.9454
Toll Free: 1.800.345.2286

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