Lawrence W. Reed

lreed@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 20 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. 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 and dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the United States 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 coauthored 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 in 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 for 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

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How to Lose a Constitution—Lessons from Roman History

AUGUST 29, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Rome was founded in revolt against autocracy, but lost its liberty when its character faltered. America has plenty to learn from its example.

Cliches of Progressivism

#20 – Government Can Be a Compassionate Alternative to the Harshness of the Marketplace

AUGUST 29, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

True compassion means taking action personally to relieve suffering; supporting government redistribution is a vastly different thing.

Cliches of Progressivism

#18 – “Humanity Can Be Best Understood in a Collective Context”

AUGUST 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Advocates of personal and economic freedom are usually in the individualism camp, whereas those who think of themselves these days as "progressives" are firmly in the camp of collectivism.

Cliches of Progressivism

#16 - Ownership Must Be Tempered by Sharing

AUGUST 01, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

A person has an incentive to care for what they own, but take away ownership and the incentive disappears.

Interview

An Interview with Jeff Frazee

JULY 23, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

President Lawrence Reed interviews Jeff Frazee, executive director of Young Americans for Liberty.

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News

Building the Future: FEE’s Alumni Network

President’s Quarterly Message – June 2014

JUNE 09, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Once we introduce "newcomers" to ideas of liberty and a free economy, the goal of the FEE Alumni Network is to nurture them to the next level.

News

Lawrence W. Reed Interviewed by the Lara-Murphy Report

JUNE 03, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

FEE President Lawrence W. Reed was featured in an interview in this month's Lara-Murphy Report.

News

A Word of Encouragement Can Go A Long Way

MARCH 06, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Quarterly Letter from the President - March 2014

News

President's Year-End Letter

DECEMBER 18, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED

You and I don't need to teach young people what to think. We need to teach them how to think.

News

Bob Helmholdt—Trooper for Liberty!

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.

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