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. It was the first pro-freedom think tank in the United States. FEE immediately served as a sanctuary for dissident intellectuals such as Ludwig von Mises and Milton Friedman. It came to serve as an important intellectual infrastructure for the promotion of the freedom philosophy through lectures, seminars, books, and The Freeman magazine.
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Methods for getting young people on the track of sound thinking
OCTOBER 24, 2014 by LEONARD E. READ
Leonard Read's essay on "economic instruction for the youngsters" first appeared in "Notes from FEE," September 1965.
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.