Flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education, published between 2 Oct 1950 and autumn of 2016
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  • The Freeman (formerly published as The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty or Ideas on Liberty) is a defunct American libertarian magazine, formerly published by the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). It was founded in 1950 by John Chamberlain, Henry Hazlitt and Suzanne La Follette. The magazine was purchased by a FEE-owned company in 1954, and FEE took over direct control of the magazine in 1956.


    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
    Foundation for Economic EducationPublisher, 1956-2016
    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."
    A Reviewer Remembered: John Chamberlain 1903-1995, by Edmund A. Opitz, The Freeman, Jun 1995
    Memorial and biographical essay
    "In 1950 a small group of men–FEE Trustees mostly–established The Freeman, reviving the name that had been used by a periodical edited by Nock from 1920 to 1924. The editors were John Chamberlain, Suzanne La Follette, and Henry Hazlitt. John had a book review section in every issue and numerous articles, which were published in a 1991 book, The Turnabout Years: America's Cultural Life, 1900-1950. After the magazine was taken over by FEE in 1956, John continued his column, 'A Reviewer's Notebook.'"
    Frank Chodorov: A Libertarian's Libertarian, by Joseph R. Stromberg, 30 Nov 1999
    Biographical essay on Frank Chodorov with emphasis on his foreign policy views, and his debates about the Cold War with William F. Buckley Jr. and William S. Schlamm in the pages of The Freeman
    "In 1954-1955, Chodorov edited the new Freeman, published by the Foundation for Economic Education ... In the August 1954 Freeman there was something of a debate between young William F. Buckley, Jr., paladin of the interventionist new right, and Chodorov. Buckley wrote that 'to beat the Soviet Union we must, to an extent, imitate the Soviet Union' – with conscription, higher taxes, and bureaucracy. ... Chodorov 'replied,' in effect, that communism was an idea, that could not be killed by military means. All we could kill would be 'natives' of other countries, who happened to believe in that unworkable idea ..."
    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."
    Memoirs of a Simple Honorable Man, by Charles H. Hamilton, The Freeman, Nov 1992
    Biographical and bibliographical essay, discussing some of the book reviews made in 1950-54 republished in The Turnabout Years (1991)
    "Readers of The Freeman know John's monthly book review column, 'A Reviewer’s Notebook.' It has been a staple since FEE began publishing The Freeman in 1954. He missed the first issue in July of that year but continues his column today—though not on the same rigorous monthly schedule he maintained for nearly 35 years! Thus, it would be an easy mistake to take John for granted, or to think of him only in his important role as 'our' Freeman reviewer. The reviews in this new collection are from an earlier Freeman, the immediate predecessor of FEE's publication."
    Related Topics: John Chamberlain, Politics
    Paul Poirot, RIP, by Gary North, 21 Feb 2006
    Memorial essay
    "How many Americans over age 50 can say, 'I became a free market believer when someone handed me a copy of The Freeman'? Thousands, I suspect. I was one. I have heard many other people tell me the same thing. The Freeman was the recruiting tool of choice, as well as a readable monthly reinforcement that reminded its readers, 'No, you have not lost your mind. Yes, the government's latest attempt to make the economy better has failed. Again.' ... The Freeman reflected his sense of what would best serve readers and donors. Its articles were always readable. Some might include footnotes and be several pages long."
    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

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