The Center for the Study of Market Alternatives at NNU

On liberty...

The Center for the Study of Market Alternatives (CSMA) was founded in 1976 by Caldwell, Idaho businessman Ralph Smeed for the study of political, economic and religious liberty. Now located at Northwest Nazarene University, the CSMA continues to serve as an educational resource for the exploration and promotion of these important liberties. For more information contact us at

The Free Man's Almanac Quote of the Day

"I am quite sure that the trouble with us has been that we have not seriously and bravely put to ourselves the question, “What is man?” or, if and when we have asked it, we have usually been content with answers too easy and too superficial. Most of us were trained to believe – and we have gone on the assumption ever since – that in order to be modern and intelligent and scholarly all that is required is to avoid asking “Why am I?” and immerse oneself in a vast detail of specialized study and in ceaseless activity. We have been so busy going ahead that we have lost any idea of where it is exactly that we are going or trying to go."

—Bernard Iddings Bell