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The John Locke Foundation was created in 1989 as an independent, nonprofit think tank that would work “for truth, for freedom, and for the future of North Carolina.” The Foundation is named for John Locke (1632-1704), an English philosopher whose writings inspired Thomas Jefferson and the other Founders. The John Locke Foundation is a 501(c)(3) research institute and is funded solely from voluntary contributions from individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations.


The John Locke Foundation employs research, journalism, and outreach programs to transform government through competition, innovation, personal freedom, and personal responsibility. JLF seeks a better balance between the public sector and private institutions of family, faith, community, and enterprise.

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The John Locke Foundation takes a brief, occasionally lighthearted look at big issues in North Carolina and around the world in their HeadLocke podcast, with a focus on individual freedom, personal responsibility and a constitutionally limited government. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher.

Carolina Journal Radio (CJR)

John Locke Foundation doubles down with their Carolina Journal Radio station, which offers a weekly newsmagazine take on major issues and events affecting North Carolina. It features interviews with experts, policymakers, and pundits, as well as highlights from important events in the Tar Heel State. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts or Google Podcasts.

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