Conservative ideas are under attack. While you can find conservative content in many places online, media giants such as Google, YouTube and Facebook are suppressing and banning conservative sources as often as they can. That’s why I’m giving you this list, so you can go directly to the sites yourself and subscribe or add them to your bookmarks.
Last month I listed ten of my favorite conservative websites for general news and commentary. This month I will focus on ten websites that specialize in advocating for issues such as free market economics, pro-life legislation, and gun rights. Many of these sites encourage grassroots involvement and provide resources for taking action. If you are a political conservative, economic conservative, social conservative, or Christian conservative, there’s something here for you!
The Heritage Foundation – Founded in 1973, The Heritage Foundation is one of the most widely respected research and educational institutes in the world. As a think tank, it formulates and promotes conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. The Heritage Foundation offers policies and perspectives on every major issue that’s important to conservatives. With its “A” list of scholars, the foundation “is committed to building an America where freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society flourish.”
The Cato Institute – The Cato Institute is one of the nation’s leading authorities on public policy and its insight is guided by a strong moral purpose and “the principles of limited government, free markets, individual liberty, and peace.” Its mission statement states: “The Institute will use the most effective means to originate, advocate, promote, and disseminate applicable policy proposals that create free, open, and civil societies in the United States and throughout the world.” The institute commissions studies, books and briefings from a variety of industry professionals. Cato.org is an excellent place for conservatives to educate themselves and investigate political issues of every stripe.
American Enterprise Institute – Like the Heritage Foundation and Cato Institute, AEI is a public policy research organization that sponsors research on the top economic and political issues facing the nation – and it does so with an unabashed conservative approach. According to its website, the organization’s purposes “are to defend the principles and improve the institutions of American freedom and democratic capitalism–limited government, private enterprise, individual liberty and responsibility, vigilant and effective defense and foreign policies, political accountability, and open debate.”
The Ludwig von Mises Institute – The Ludwig von Mises Institute is an American think tank promoting libertarian political theory and the Austrian School of free market economics. It is named after Austrian School economist Ludwig von Mises. Its website states that it 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 along with Murray N. Rothbard, a central figure in the 20th-century American libertarian movement.
Citizens Against Government Waste – CAGW is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization that functions as a think-tank, government watchdog, and advocacy group for fiscally conservative causes. CAGW’s stated mission is “to eliminate waste, mismanagement, and inefficiency in the federal government.” CAGW produces a number of publications critical of what it calls “pork-barrel” projects.
Media Research Center – On October 1, 1987, a group of young determined conservatives set out to not only prove — through sound scientific research — that liberal bias in the media does exist and undermines traditional American values, but also to neutralize its impact on the American political scene through advocacy and activism. They founded the Media Research Center to expose the liberal bias that exists and influence the public’s understanding of critical issues, thereby bringing balance to the news media.
National Right to Life – NRL is the nation’s largest pro-life organization. It focuses on educating the public and promoting pro-life legislation nationwide and in all 50 states. The organization also provides resources for women who are pregnant and seeking help and alternatives to abortion.
National Rifle Association – The NRA is the premier defender of the 2nd Amendment and works tirelessly to promote gun rights. The organization promotes safe gun practices and provides training resources including concealed carry permit and self-defense classes.
American Family Association – The American Family Association (AFA) is a non-profit organization that promotes fundamentalist Christian values. It was founded in 1977 by Donald Wildmon and is headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi. AFA takes a conservative position on a variety of public policy goals and regularly engages in activism efforts including boycotts, buycotts, and action alert emails. AFA also created One Million Moms and One Million Dads, two websites with the goal of mobilizing parents to “stop the exploitation of children” by the media. It uses these websites to organize boycotts and urge activists to send emails to companies that advertise on television shows they find offensive.
PragerU – PragerU, short for Prager University, is an American non-profit organization that creates videos on various political, economic and philosophical topics from a conservative perspective. However, YouTube must not want young people to hear conservative ideas as they currently restrict over 100 PragerU videos. Are their 5-minute educational videos inappropriate, racist, or dangerous? See for yourself! Then sign the petition to tell YouTube to stop blocking PragerU videos.
Did I miss one of your favorite conservative sites? Please leave a comment and let me know!