Lawrence W. Reed
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.
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MARCH 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Cicero almost single-handedly staved off the destruction of the Roman Republic, even in the face of assured destruction. That makes him a hero.
MARCH 10, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Expensive television ads are the politicians' cowardly way of saying they don't want to make the tough decisions to actually fix New York's problems.
Statism can be summed up and slapped on the back of a car. Can the freedom philosophy?
FEBRUARY 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
"Long Run, All People" should be a battle cry of those who embrace liberty.
FEBRUARY 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
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Some of us just write about libertarian ideas. This guy actually made them public policy for millions.
FEBRUARY 10, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Progressives don't like to talk about Hong Kong because it's not only the freest economy, but also one of the richest.
FEBRUARY 03, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
How much thinking is actually behind calls to raise the minimum wage? Probably less than Congress would like you to think.
JANUARY 08, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Rome wasn't destroyed in a day; its liberties eroded as the republic became an empire and the populace sought handouts.
DECEMBER 30, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
New Year's resolutions often don't last. But here are ten things you can do to help reverse liberty's retreat.
DECEMBER 26, 2013 by LAWRENCE W. REED
On the eve of the Battle of Trenton, December 26, 1776, Thomas Paine offered encouragement to his countrymen. We would do well to take his words to heart today, especially when it seems that liberty is having a rough time of it.