President of the Foundation for Economic Education, President Emeritus of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy
Lawrence Reed

Lawrence W. Reed (born 29 September 1953), also known as Larry Reed, is president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Before joining FEE, Reed served as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a Midland, Michigan based free-market think tank. To date, he remains Mackinac's president emeritus.

Associations

Foundation for Economic Education, President, 2008-
Mackinac Center for Public Policy, President, 1988-2008
Students for Liberty, Board of Advisors

Writings

A Tribute to the Polish People, The Freeman, Oct 2009
Larry reminisces about a visit with the Polish underground movement in 1986
"The history of Poland from the imposition of martial law and the crushing of Solidarity in December 1981 to the glorious elections of 1989 is not the saga of a pessimistic, defeatist, or compliant people. Rather, it is a remarkable testament to the human will to be free."
Related Topic: Poland
Child Labor and the British Industrial Revolution, Part 1, Future of Freedom, Sep 1999
Contrasts the situation of "free labour" and "parish apprentice" children during the British Industrial Revolution, the latter being mostly orphans placed in the custody of parish, i.e., government, authorities
"The Hammonds divided the factory children into two classes: 'Parish apprentice children' and 'free labour children.' ... Private factory owners could not forcibly subjugate 'free labour' children; they could not compel them to work in conditions their parents found unacceptable. ... The situation, however, was much different for 'parish apprentice' children, and close examination reveals that it was these children on whom the critics were focusing when they spoke of the 'evils' of capitalism's Industrial Revolution."
I, Pencil, by Milton Friedman (afterword), Leonard Read, Lawrence Reed (introduction), The Freeman, Dec 1958
Read's most famous essay; resource page at FEE website includes PDF, MOBI and ePub versions, and MP3 recording
"Eloquent. Extraordinary. Timeless. Paradigm-shifting. Classic. Six decades after it first appeared, Leonard Read's 'I, Pencil' evokes such adjectives of praise. Rightfully so, for this little essay opens eyes and minds among people of all ages. Many first-time readers never see the world quite the same again. ... Leonard could have written 'I, Car' or 'I, Airplane,' but choosing those more complex items would have muted the message. No one person—repeat, no one, no matter how smart or how many degrees follow his name—could create from scratch a small, everyday pencil, let alone a car or an airplane."
Prohibition Hasn't Ended Yet, The Freeman, Jul 2001
Related Topic: Prohibition
Seventy Years Since FDR: A Time To Remember John T. Flynn, 10 Mar 2003
Review of John T. Flynn's The Roosevelt Myth on the 70th anniversary of the inauguration of FDR, highlighting the defying attitudes of Henry Ford and Sewell Avery, the president of Montgomery Ward
"For every thousand books written, perhaps just one comes to enjoy the appellation, 'classic.' That label is reserved for a book that through the force of its originality and thoroughness, shifts paradigms and serves as a timeless, indispensable source of insight. ... Given the continuing deification of FDR, John T. Flynn's The Roosevelt Myth is as relevant and necessary today as it was a half-century ago. .... No one who reads it with an open mind will ever think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt the same way again."

Videos


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."

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