Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. Reed President

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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Speaking Truth to Power

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Jimmy Lai is precisely the sort of individual that John James Cowperthwaite had in mind when he decided that entrepreneurs, not central planners, should drive an economy.


On the Centennial of the Birth of a Giant

John James Cowperthwaite (April 25, 1915–January 21, 2006)
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I suggest April 25 as Cowperthwaite Day, to be observed on every continent by men and women who revere the blessings of a free economy and the courage of those who work to put it in practice.


#48 – “Resource-Poor Countries Need Strong Central Planning to Develop”

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Hong Kong's success is an intellectual embarrassment to the progressive ideology.


Internet at the Speed of Government

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Government regulation is often a solution in search of a problem -- and if it can't find one, it tends to make its own.


#44 – “Profit Is Evidence of Suspicious Behavior”

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Profit is responsible for more good things -- by a long shot -- than all the charity in the world.


#42 – “Jesus Christ Was a Progressive Because He Advocated Income Redistribution to Help the Poor”

JANUARY 30, 2015

It is not recorded anywhere that Christ called for the state to use its power to redistribute wealth.


#41 – “Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Proved That We Needed Anti-Trust Laws”

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If Standard Oil was any kind of monopoly, it was not a coercive one, because it did not derive its high market share from special government favors.


Henry Manne, R.I.P.

May 10, 1928 – January 17, 2015
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A giant has moved on. Henry Manne, the pioneer of the discipline known as "law and economics" and former FEE trustee, passed away at 86.


#38 - "The Minimum Wage Helps the Poor"

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You can't expect employers to pay workers more than their productivity is worth just because Congress demands it.


The Holiday That Isn't

A "Bill of Rights Day" Is Not on the Calendar
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A free people don't have to wait for Congress to declare a holiday. We can celebrate now.


#35 – “Government Is an Inflation Fighter”

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When you change the definition of "inflation," you change the responsibility for it.


#34 – “Government Must Subsidize the Arts”

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Government funding of the arts carries with it all the downsides of dependence on politics.


#33 – “The Great Depression was a Calamity of Unfettered Capitalism”

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After years of cheap money and low interest rates, the Fed set the stage for a correction with a policy of steep increases in interest rates and a deflation of the money supply.


#32 – FDR Was Elected in 1932 on a Progressive Platform to Plan the Economy

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Franklin Roosevelt delivered a lot of central planning from Washington but that wasn't what he asked voters to endorse in the 1932 election.


The Four Core Beliefs of Enterprise

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It takes a conscious, thoughtful effort to open wide our mind's eye. If you learn to do it systematically, the result can be a new worldview that will reshape how you notice opportunities and capitalize on them.


#30 – Capitalism’s Industrial Revolution Cursed the World with the Horror of Child Labor

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It was the Industrial Revolution that improved productivity so parents could earn enough to afford to leave their children at home.


#29 – “Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ Proved Regulation Was Required”

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Those who uphold Upton Sinclair's myth need to take a closer look at history.


#27 – “Government Must Have the Power to Make People Take Better Care of Themselves”

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It's easy to fall into the trap of the "quick fix" that suggests the use of force to address a perceived problem.


Leonard Liggio, R.I.P.

A Great Teacher Passes
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Thank you, Leonard Liggio, for the indelible mark you left on the lives of so many. When the roll call for liberty is sounded, your name will resonate near the top. Well done, great teacher.


#23 – “The Balance of Trade Deficit Requires Government Action”

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No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?

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