Lawrence W. Reedlreed@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.
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MARCH 10, 2015 by LAWRENCE W. REED
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
DECEMBER 24, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
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DECEMBER 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
FEE President Lawrence W. Reed's year-end letter for 2014.