Leonard E. Readlread@fee.org
Leonard E. Read (1898-1983) was the founder of FEE, and the author of 29 works, including the classic parable “I, Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read.” Born in Michigan, his early life was marked by hard work and diligent study. After serving in the armed forces during World War I, he began a wholesale grocery business, and later became manager of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. As the New Deal began, Read became a vocal critic of policies limiting freedom and expanding government. This drive prompted him to found FEE in 1946, promoting the freedom philosophy through lectures, seminars, books, and The Freeman magazine.
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OCTOBER 03, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ
Without government assistance, a massive amount of private, voluntary aid has poured forth from American citizens since the first settlement here.
JULY 04, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ
True security is an outgrowth of freedom, not an alternative to it.
MAY 30, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ
Through openness, voluntary exchange, and fair play, the poor fare better under a free market system than under a closed socialist system.
MAY 09, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ
Complexity does not automatically suggest centralization of power.
Personal responsibility never disappears.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 by LEONARD E. READ
It is simply a matter of personal determination and a resolve to act and speak in strict accordance with one's inner, personal dictate of what is right. And for each of us to see to it that no other man or set of men is given permission to represent us otherwise.
JANUARY 28, 2010 by LEONARD READ, LEONARD E. READ
Eloquent. Extraordinary. Timeless. Paradigm-shifting. Classic. Half a century after it first appeared, Leonard Read's 'I, Pencil' still evokes such adjectives of praise. Rightfully so, for this little essay opens eyes and minds among people of all ages. Many first-time readers never see the world quite the same again.