Lawrence W. Reedlreed@fee.org
Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008. Prior to that, he was a founder and president for twenty years of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time and chaired the Department of Economics at Northwood University in Michigan from 1977 to 1984.
He holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Grove City College (1975) and an M.A. degree in History from Slippery Rock State University (1978), both in Pennsylvania. He holds two honorary doctorates, one from Central Michigan University (Public Administration—1993) and Northwood University (Laws—2008).
A champion for liberty, Reed has authored over 1,000 newspaper columns and articles, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. and abroad. His writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Baltimore Sun, Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, among many others. He has authored or co-authored five books, the most recent ones being “A Republic—If We Can Keep It” and “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty.” He is frequently interviewed on radio talk shows and has appeared as a guest on numerous television programs, including those anchored by Judge Andrew Napolitano and John Stossel on FOX Business News.
Reed has delivered at least 75 speeches annually in the past 30 years—in virtually every state and dozens of countries from Bulgaria to China to Bolivia. His best-known lectures include “Seven Principles of Sound Policy” and “Great Myths of the Great Depression”—both of which have been translated into more than a dozen languages and distributed worldwide.
His interests in political and economic affairs have taken him as a freelance journalist to 81 countries on six continents. He is a member of the prestigious Mont Pelerin Society and an advisor to numerous organizations around the world. He served for 15 years as a member of the board (and one term as president) of the State Policy Network. His numerous recognitions include the “Champion of Freedom” award from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and the “Distinguished Alumni” award from Grove City College.
He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.
Related Freeman Articles
Ready to get rid of the income tax?
MAY 21, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
The federal income tax system is burdensome and stupid. It's a diabolical tool against the people's liberty. Let's finally muster the courage to get rid of it--and the entire IRS "workforce" of 95,000 lackeys too shameless and unmindful to protect our liberty.
MAY 15, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
At FEE, we know firsthand what the IRS is capable of. In today's Wall Street Journal, James Bovard refers to an instance when the IRS targeted FEE and its founder, Leonard Read.
APRIL 29, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Politicians pick winners and losers, carve out special breaks and privileges, and treat this group or that firm differently than they treat others with less clout and fewer connections. It happens all the time, and often in the name of "economic development."
APRIL 22, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
In every election campaign, we hear the word "compassion" at least a thousand times. One political party supposedly has it and the other one doesn't. Big government programs are evidence of compassion; cutting back government is a sign of cold-hearted meanness. By their misuse of the term for partisan advantage, politicians have thoroughly muddied up the real meaning of the word.
APRIL 18, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
The philistine statists who disgraced the streets of Britain with vulgar spasms of hate for Margaret Thatcher in the wake of her death on April 8 stunned decent people everywhere.
MARCH 07, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
By nearly every important indicator, FEE is breaking records. 2012 was a fantastic, pivotal year for us. Early signs are that growth in 2013 is headed off the charts.
NOVEMBER 19, 2012 by LAWRENCE W. REED
NOVEMBER 14, 2012 by LAWRENCE W. REED, BURTON FOLSOM
A collection of essays by FEE President Lawrence W. Reed and historian Burton W. Folsom, Jr. that surveys the economic history of the United States and the modern world. Along the way, they dismiss commonly-held fallacies and present the stories of the individuals who changed history and expanded liberty for everyone