Lawrence W. Reedlreed@fee.org
Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008, after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for twenty years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught Economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its Department of Economics from 1982 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.
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SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Right now, decisions about medical treatments are made by bureaucrats far from the patients and physicians closest to the problems. This system costs lives, but satisfies FDA incentives. A new book lays out a way to fix this--now.
SEPTEMBER 02, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
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When New York Produced Giants for Liberty
JULY 23, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
New York and the Democratic Party used to produce some of the most pro-liberty politicians in the country. Horatio Seymour, a former governor and reluctant presidential nominee, was among the very best of them.
What Have You Done for Liberty Today?
JULY 01, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
FEE is devoted to bringing in newcomers to the liberty movement, not sitting on our haunches preaching to the converted. You should join us.
NOVEMBER 20, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) is blessed with many close friends and faithful supporters around the U.S. and abroad. Some of them go back decades with us and are among our most cherished partners. One of them I want you to know is an orthodontist from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida--Dr. Robert D. Helmholdt.
OCTOBER 21, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Depending on where you are and what your age, interests, and capabilities are, there are many ways you can get involved.
SEPTEMBER 03, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
I don't know where the summer went but by every measure at FEE, the direction was up--and in most categories, up dramatically.
JUNE 06, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Since the last update in March, the progress, improvements and new initiatives at FEE have been picking up steam.