Lawrence W. Reed

lreed@fee.org

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.

Related Freeman Articles

Feature

The Holiday That Isn't

A "Bill of Rights Day" Is Not on the Calendar

DECEMBER 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

A free people don't have to wait for Congress to declare a holiday. We can celebrate now.

Clichés of Progressivism

#35 – “Government Is an Inflation Fighter”

DECEMBER 12, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

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

Clichés of Progressivism

#34 – “Government Must Subsidize the Arts”

DECEMBER 05, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

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

Clichés of Progressivism

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

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

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.

Clichés of Progressivism

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

NOVEMBER 21, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

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

Related Publications

News

President's Year-End Letter 2014

DECEMBER 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

FEE President Lawrence W. Reed's year-end letter for 2014.

News

President’s Quarterly Update—September 2014

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Summer 2014 is now a wonderful memory at FEE, as we believe it is also for the hundreds of high school and college students from around the world who attended our highly-acclaimed seminars.

News

Building the Future: FEE’s Alumni Network

President’s Quarterly Message – June 2014

JUNE 09, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Once we introduce "newcomers" to ideas of liberty and a free economy, the goal of the FEE Alumni Network is to nurture them to the next level.

News

Lawrence W. Reed Interviewed by the Lara-Murphy Report

JUNE 03, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

FEE President Lawrence W. Reed was featured in an interview in this month's Lara-Murphy Report.

News

A Word of Encouragement Can Go A Long Way

MARCH 06, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Quarterly Letter from the President - March 2014

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Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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