Flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education, published between 2 Oct 1950 and autumn of 2016
Publisher, 1956-, Foundation for Economic Education


Freeman: 1950-
    by Charles H. Hamilton, The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America, 1999
"When the Freeman first appeared on 2 October 1950, it was carrying on a distinguished history of political journalism. ... The Freeman restedd its perspective firmly on the classical liberal tradition. These were succinctly set forth in an important editorial in the first issue written by Henry Hazlitt ... As part of the Foundation for Economic Education, the Freeman has been a strong voice for classical liberalism and free market principles."

Publication Frequency

2 October 1950-28 June 1954
July 1954-June 2003
July/August 2003-December 2014
Monthly, except bimonthly for January/February and July/August
Spring 2015-

Staff and Associates

John ChamberlainEditor, 2 October 1950-9 February 1953
Frank ChodorovEditor, July 1954-December 1955
Henry HazlittEditor, 2 October 1950-20 October 1952 and 23 February 1953-11 January 1954
Paul L. PoirotEditor, January 1956-October 1985
Sheldon RichmanEditor, December 1997-October 2012


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
"I can see an anthology of my husband's thoughts published in a series of books dealing with specific issues that are getting attention in the daily press. The special edition of the Freeman magazine that appeared on the 100th anniversary of my husband's birthday indicates the possibilities I see in this direction."
Albert Jay Nock: A Gifted Pen for Radical Individualism, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Mar 1997
Biographical essay, including his early life, editorship of The Freeman, and notable books and essays
"In 1950, Nock's former editorial associate Suzanne La Follette joined with Life editor John Chamberlain and Newsweek columnist Henry Hazlitt to launch another Freeman—this time, as a biweekly. ... The distinguished contributors included William F. Buckley Jr., Frank Chodorov, John T. Flynn, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Wilhelm Röpke. ... Leonard E. Read's Foundation for Economic Education acquired The Freeman, pumped money into it, went to a monthly schedule, retained Chodorov as its first editor, and has issued it ever since."
Joan Kennedy Taylor, by Jeff Riggenbach, 14 Jan 2011
Biographical essay, including a review of Taylor's book Reclaiming the Mainstream: Individualist Feminism Rediscovered; transcript of "The Libertarian Tradition" podcasts of 28 Dec 2010 and 12 Jan 2011
"When Joan left the Manhattan Institute, she moved on to the Foundation for Economic Education, where she served as an editor of The Freeman, the original magazine of the modern American libertarian movement, a magazine that was around 35 years old when Joan was working on it in the 1980s and is now rapidly approaching its 60th anniversary."
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
"Leonard's first move was to publish an outline of the aims of the Foundation and its proposed activities. He listed no fewer than fourteen of these ... I condense them here: ... (5) a journal (this was realized in mid-1954 when FEE took over The Freeman) ..."
The Power of Persuasion, by Jeff Riggenbach, Mises Daily, 20 May 2011
Historical account of the Persuasion magazine, edited by Joan Kennedy Taylor between Sept 1964 and May 1968
"... the monthly Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education in Irvington, New York, a short ride up the Hudson from New York City. ... The Freeman devoted itself to publishing homilies about the market and free trade while doing its best never to offend anyone. Yet it alone among the five or six libertarian publications in existence in the United States in 1967 had the circulation and the financial resources to even consider the idea of sponsoring a pair of conferences."


The Freeman
Since 2 October 1950