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The Early History of FEE
, by Henry Hazlitt
, The Freeman
, Mar 1984
Excerpted from Hazlitt's remarks at the Leonard E. Read Memorial Conference on Freedom, November 1983
"In 1946 Leonard [Read] had raised the money, set up the Foundation for Economic Education here at Irvington, [New York] and invited me to become one of his original trustees and officers. ... Another effect of Leonard’s initiative soon followed. Other libertarian foundations were set up in emulation. ... FEE opened its doors on March 16, 1946. Most of the spring and summer was spent in the library, as renovation continued on the main building."
About: Foundation for Economic Education
"FEE's mission is inspire, educate, and connect young adults with the economic, ethical, and legal principles of a free society."
A Call to Activism
, by Margit von Mises, The Free Market
, Jun 1984
Speech delivered 27 Feb 1984 at a Mises Institute dinner in her honor; calling her late husband an "activist of the mind" and encouraging others to become likewise
"Think of Leonard Read, the late founder of the Foundation for Economic Education, who — after meeting my husband and reading all of his books — gave students as well as teachers the opportunity to learn about individual freedom and the free market. Out of his foundation came great men like Baldy Harper, who founded the Institute for Humane Studies, and George Roche, who is now president of Hillsdale College ..."
Floyd Arthur 'Baldy' Harper, RIP
, by Murray Rothbard
, The Libertarian Forum
, May 1973
Biographical remembrance of "Baldy" including his involvement in FEE, the Volker Fund and the IHS
"Ever since he came to the Foundation for Economic Education in 1946 as its chief economist and theoretician, Baldy Harper, in a very real sense, has been the libertarian movement. ... And so Baldy simply set out, in his quiet and gentle way, to create a body of students and followers. In those early days at FEE, for example, almost every staff member had been brought into the movement by Baldy: W.M. Curtiss, Paul Poirot, Ivan Bierly, Ellis Lamborn, all students of Baldy at Cornell."
Frederic Bastiat, Ingenious Champion for Liberty and Peace
, by Jim Powell
, The Freeman
, Jun 1997
Lengthy biographical essay, covering those who influenced Bastiat as well as those influenced by him, his writings (including correspondence with his friend Félix Coudroy), his roles in the French Constituent and Legistative Assemblies and his legacy
"In 1946, former Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce General Manager Leonard E. Read established the Foundation for Economic Education and resolved to make Bastiat's work better known. He persuaded economics scholar Dean Russell to prepare a new translation of The Law. Over the years, it has sold several hundred thousand copies."
Related Topics: Frédéric Bastiat
, Richard Cobden
, Benjamin Franklin
, Free Trade
, Henry Hazlitt
, Gustave de Molinari
, Jean-Baptiste Say
, The State
Harper, Floyd Arthur "Baldy" (1905-1973)
, by Will Wilkinson, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism
, 15 Aug 2008
"In 1946, ... Harper left the academy and joined the libertarian Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ... While at FEE, Harper produced a number of significant works. In 1951, FEE published Harper's powerful antiwar pamphlet, In Search of Peace ... In his 1957 monograph, Why Wages Rise, Harper lucidly explained the various causes of the gains in labor productivity that enable the growth of wages ... Harper's most remarkable work, however, was his earlier book, Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery, published by FEE in 1949, in which he laid out his comprehensive, natural law-tinged libertarian philosophy."
How to Become a Teacher
[PDF], by Robert LeFevre
, The Voluntaryist
, Feb 1983
Autobiographical summary of the events in LeFevre's life that led to the founding of the Freedom School
"One set of writings impressed me in particular. A man named Leonard Read had organized a Foundation at Irvington-on-Hudson in New York. ... The Foundation ... was issuing a series of tracts, which, in simple, understandable terms spelled out logical and scientific reasons why private enterprise is superior to a centrally controlled system."
[PDF], by Jeff Riggenbach
, ALF News
Biographical essay covering Joan Kennedy Taylor's varied career
"At the Foundation for Economic Education in the mid-1980s, she served as editorial director of the book publishing program and as an editor of its venerable monthly magazine, The Freeman."
Ludwig von Mises, socialism's greatest enemy: His life and times
, by Jim Powell
Lengthy biographical essay on Mises, including details on Menger and Böhm-Bawerk
"Around 1944, the National Association of Manufacturers sent Mises to California where he delivered some lectures. He was invited to a barbecue at the home of tall, trim Leonard E. Read, General Manager of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Two years later, Read established the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), a think tank for liberty, and Henry Hazlitt persuaded him to retain Mises as an advisor, author and lecturer."
Related Topics: Austria
, Eugen Böhm von Bawerk
, Central Banking
, Gold Standard
, Henry Hazlitt
, Carl Menger
, Ludwig von Mises
, Mont Pelerin Society
, Ayn Rand
Read, Leonard E. (1898-1983)
, by Donald J. Boudreaux
, Nick Slepko, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism
, 15 Aug 2008
"Leonard E. Read ... is best known for originating the oldest existing free-market nonprofit in the world, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). ... In 1946, he acquired property in Irvington-on-Hudson, a suburb of New York City, and he set up FEE. It was to be an organization that would inform people about the consequences of government meddling. By now Read, 47, was a firm believer that government should go no further than protecting everyone equally against aggression, both domestic and foreign. He also believed that, in addition to pointing out the perils of socialism, FEE should present 'the positive free market alternative.'"
Spotlight: Founding Father
, by Patrick Cox, Aug 1980
Brief profile of Leonard Read, his accomplishments, his influence and his outlook for the future of liberty
"In 1946, Read formed the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) ... Murray Rothbard has often been published by FEE. ... FEE paid Ludwig von Mises's salary at New York University. ... In 34 years, the foundation's influence has reached all over the world. FEE has given over 250 seminars in 22 foreign countries. Read has spoken at most of them. ... Centers modeled after FEE have sprung up by the hundreds all over the world. ... In an interview in the September 1964 issue of Fortune, [Paulo Ayres] named FEE as the reason for the [1964 Brazilian] revolution."
The Foundation for Economic Education: Success or Failure?
, by Benjamin A. Rogge, Can Capitalism Survive?
Chapter 3 of Part IX, "a tribute to one man and the organization he created—to Leonard Read and the Foundation for Economic Education"; delivered on FEE's 25th anniversary
"Throughout this country, throughout the world there is 'activity of soul' underway that would never have been undertaken but for the work and the inspiration of Leonard Read and the Foundation for Economic Education. ... probably the most important part ... will come to light only in the decades and centuries ahead—and much of it will be done by people who will never have heard of this foundation and will have no awareness that the activity ... is the last link in a long chain that goes back to something that was started by this foundation in the middle of the twentieth century."
Forgotten Lessons: Selected Essays by John T. Flynn
by John T. Flynn
, Foundation for Economic Education, 1995
Partial contents: Whose Child is the NRA - The Case Against Deficit Spending - The Hand in Your Pocket - The War Boom Begins - Militarism: The New Slavery for America - Coming: A Totalitarian America - Eggheads through History - Two Rackets of the UN
- ISBN 1572460156: Paperback, Foundation for Econ Education, 1st edition, 1995
Liberty: A Path to Its Recovery
[PDF], by F. A. Harper
, Hans Sennholz
(Foreword), Foundation for Economic Education, 1949
Partial contents: The Nature of Liberty - Forms of Liberty - Liberty and Charity - Government in a Liberal Society - Democracy and Liberty - Liberty and Peace - A Measure of Liberty - The Extent of Lost Liberty - Special Privilege - Recovering Liberty
- ISBN 0910614954: Paperback, Foundation for Econ Education, 2nd edition, 1993
The Free Market and Its Enemies: Pseudo-Science, Socialism, and Inflation
by Richard Ebeling
(Introduction), Ludwig von Mises
, Foundation for Economic Education, 2004
Based on lectures delivered in 1951; partial contents: Economics and Its Opponents - Pseudo-science and Historical Understanding - Acting Man and Economics - Marxism, Socialism, and Pseudo-science - Capitalism and Human Progress - Money and Inflation
, by Frédéric Bastiat
, Sheldon Richman
(Foreword), Walter E. Williams
(Introduction), Foundation for Economic Education, 1850
Translated by Dean Russell. Partial list of headings (added by translator): Life is a Gift from God - What is Law? - A Just and Enduring Government - The Complete Perversion of the Law - A Fatal Tendency of Mankind - Property and Plunder
- ISBN 9562910113: Audio CD, bnpublishing.com, 2005
- ISBN 1572460741: Hardcover, Foundation for Econ Education, 2nd edition, 1998
- Kindle Book available at Amazon
- ISBN 1419168878: Paperback, Kessinger Publishing, 2004
- ISBN 1572460733: Paperback, Foundation for Econ Education, 2nd edition, 1998
- ISBN 1599869756: Paperback, Filiquarian Publishing, 2006
Three Libertarian Essays
by Daniel B. Klein, Foundation for Economic Education, 1998
Contents: Go Ahead and Let Him Try: A Plea for Economic Laissez-Faire - Liberty, Dignity, and Responsibility: The Moral Triad of a Good Society - If Government is So Villainous How Come Government Officials Don't Seem Like Villains?
What Every Investor Should Know About Austrian Economics and the Hard Money Movement
by Mark Skousen
, Foundation for Economic Education, 1988
Larry Reed Shares Why He Fights for Liberty & the Future Direction of FEE
, by Pete Eyre, The Motorhome Diaries
, 22 Jul 2009
Larry discusses how he became involved in the liberty movement, and the history, role and future of FEE
"In coming years, I suspect that FEE will reassert its long-standing position as a kind of ideological mothership of the broader freedom movement."
Leonard Liggio on the Rise of the Modern American Libertarian Movement
, by Jacob Hornberger
, Leonard Liggio
, 9 Mar 1995
Talk given at Vienna Coffee Club (Future of Freedom Foundation). Liggio starts off with the New Deal and covers many events and individuals both at the core and the periphery of the modern libertarian movement
Related Topics: Frank Chodorov
, Milton Friedman
, F. A. Harper
, Henry Hazlitt
, Institute for Humane Studies
, Ludwig von Mises
, Ayn Rand
, Leonard Read
, Ronald Reagan
, Franklin D. Roosevelt
, Murray Rothbard
The Cost of the War on Drugs
, 17 Jun 2011
Presents facts about the costs, economic and human, of the war on drugs, 40 years after Pres. Nixon declared having "turned the corner on drug addiction" in the U.S.