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

Clichés of Progressivism

#48 – “Resource-Poor Countries Need Strong Central Planning to Develop”

MARCH 13, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Hong Kong's success is an intellectual embarrassment to the progressive ideology.

Blog

Internet at the Speed of Government

Warmed over regulations from 80 years ago won't fix the Web

MARCH 10, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Government regulation is often a solution in search of a problem -- and if it can't find one, it tends to make its own.

Clichés of Progressivism

#44 – “Profit Is Evidence of Suspicious Behavior”

FEBRUARY 13, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Profit is responsible for more good things -- by a long shot -- than all the charity in the world.

Clichés of Progressivism

#42 – “Jesus Christ Was a Progressive Because He Advocated Income Redistribution to Help the Poor”

JANUARY 30, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

It is not recorded anywhere that Christ called for the state to use its power to redistribute wealth.

Clichés of Progressivism

#41 – “Rockefeller’s Standard Oil Proved That We Needed Anti-Trust Laws”

JANUARY 23, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

If Standard Oil was any kind of monopoly, it was not a coercive one, because it did not derive its high market share from special government favors.

Related Publications

FEE Books

Rendering Unto Caesar: Was Jesus A Socialist? (ePub, PDF, HTML, Audio)

Lawrence W. Reed's epic essay, expanded to downloadable book and audio

MARCH 05, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

One can scour the Scriptures with a fine-tooth comb and find nary a word from Jesus that endorses the forcible redistribution of wealth by political authorities.

Events

Live Interview: The Importance of Character in a Free Society

JANUARY 23, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

Live from FEE's Annual Retreat in Bonita Springs, FL: Lawrence W. Reed and T.K. Coleman on The Importance of Character in a Free Society

News

President’s Quarterly Update—January 2015

JANUARY 07, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED

We begin 2015 with the wind at our backs and an exciting course set for the months ahead.

News

Support FEE This Holiday Season

DECEMBER 24, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

We hope you'll consider supporting FEE and the thousands of students we engage every year.

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.

CURRENT ISSUE

December 2014

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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