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Today is the 30th anniversary of Leonard Read's passing.

We have much to be grateful to him for. Read laid the foundations for the modern liberty movement as we know it.

Leonard realized that "the idea of individual liberty cannot be 'sold' as if it were a cake of soap; it has to be explained—and explained in such a manner that the reader or hearer gains an intimate insight into the plain truth of the matter. The idea of 'freedom' is more caught than taught; it's analogous to a benign contagion spreading from person to person, until a few begin to say: 'By George, I think I’ve got it!'" (from Leonard E. Read: A Portrait)

His lecture, "How to Advance Liberty," still serves as a handbook for the work we do:

From I, Pencil to Conscience on the Battlefield to Anything That's Peaceful, Read's message of freedom and peaceful cooperation now reaches more people than ever. 

Thank you, Leonard E. Read, for all you've done. You're still teaching us.

The Freeman

The Freeman is the flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education and one of the oldest and most respected journals of liberty in America. For more than 50 years it has uncompromisingly defended the ideals of the free society.