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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Feature

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.

Anything Peaceful

In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

President Lawrence W. Reed pays tribute to a central figure in the Liberty Movement

JULY 23, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

John Blundell's name deserves to be honored and remembered for a very long time.

Cliches of Progressivism

#13 – Cooperation, Not Competition!

JULY 11, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Competition in a free market is an ever-changing process that is never static.

Cliches of Progressivism

#11 – Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

JUNE 27, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

The innocent-sounding phrase, "I want to give back," far too often implies guilt for having been productive or successful.

Anything Peaceful

Government Is Always the Answer, Even if Government Was the Problem

JUNE 25, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

The President's plan to further subsidize college just repeats the mistakes of the housing bust--but what matters is that it will buy him votes.

Cliches of Progressivism

#8 – The Economy Needs More Planning–Central Planning, That Is

JUNE 06, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

No group of people, no matter how much power they possess, can possibly know more than an infinitesimal fraction of what they'd need to plan an economy.

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