Our mission is to cultivate peace and prosperity by promoting policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited, constitutional government, and individual liberty.


The Ethan Allen Institute is Vermont’s free-market public policy research and education organization. A “think tank.” Founded in 1993, we are one of fifty-plus similar but independent state-level, public policy organizations around the country which exchange ideas and information through the State Policy Network.


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    EAI Welcomes Three New Board Members

    This fall, the Ethan Allen Institute (EAI) welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors. We are excited and grateful that Lawrence Reed, Matthew Strong, and M. Myers Mermel have joined our organization. Each new Board member brings unique and valuable talents, expertise, and perspectives that will support our agenda to expand our impact in Vermont. I am proud to introduce our new Board members below.

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    Commentary: Third of Climate Proposals Unscientific and Unaffordable

    When I heard that David Hill of the Energy Futures Group was scheduled to present its model to Vermont’s Climate Council two months ago, I was skeptical. The Climate Council’s plan, released in December 2021, seemed to rely heavily on a “Social Cost of Carbon” to justify future climate proposals.  

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    Commentary: Return of the Johnstown Flood

    Searching for an arresting metaphor for the approaching legislative session, I found a compelling example, as described by contemporaneous reports.

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    Commentary: In Praise of the Uncommon

    All of us have heard, perhaps many times, complimentary references to the so-called “common man.” He (or she) is widely regarded as praiseworthy simply because of his sameness, as if being virtually indistinguishable from millions of others is a good thing. I don’t buy it. I prefer to encourage uncommonness.

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