Lawrence W. Reed
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
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.
How to solve complex business problems
NOVEMBER 14, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED, WAYNE OLSON
It takes a conscious, thoughtful effort to open wide our mind's eye. If you learn to do it systematically, the result can be a new worldview that will reshape how you notice opportunities and capitalize on them.
NOVEMBER 07, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
It was the Industrial Revolution that improved productivity so parents could earn enough to afford to leave their children at home.
OCTOBER 31, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Those who uphold Upton Sinclair's myth need to take a closer look at history.
OCTOBER 17, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
It's easy to fall into the trap of the "quick fix" that suggests the use of force to address a perceived problem.
A Great Teacher Passes
OCTOBER 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Thank you, Leonard Liggio, for the indelible mark you left on the lives of so many. When the roll call for liberty is sounded, your name will resonate near the top. Well done, great teacher.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
No trades are deemed as anything but "favorable" by those engaged in the trading, so how can anyone add all those trades up and arrive at something "unfavorable"?
AUGUST 29, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Rome was founded in revolt against autocracy, but lost its liberty when its character faltered. America has plenty to learn from its example.
AUGUST 29, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
True compassion means taking action personally to relieve suffering; supporting government redistribution is a vastly different thing.
AUGUST 15, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED
Advocates of personal and economic freedom are usually in the individualism camp, whereas those who think of themselves these days as "progressives" are firmly in the camp of collectivism.