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Leonard E. Read

Leonard E. Read
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.

Leonard E. Read's Articles and Posts

Romance of Reality Books
Romance of Reality
How We Do Know Books
How We Do Know
#4 – The More Complex the Society, the More Government Control We Need The Freeman
#4 – The More Complex the Society, the More Government Control We Need
Complexity does not automatically suggest centralization of power.
Men of Prey The Freeman
Men of Prey
Leonard Read follows with his own interpretation of the causes and consequences of the predatory actions of some persons against others.
Let the Sun Shine In The Freeman
Let the Sun Shine In
Recipe for a Good Meal The Freeman
Recipe for a Good Meal
There's more to this recipe than gourmets or culinary artists usually talk about, for this salmagundi has a bit of social philosophy in it.
The Measure Of Virtue The Freeman
The Measure Of Virtue
Lift Not Thy Hands To It The Freeman
Lift Not Thy Hands To It
A Miracle at Stake The Freeman
A Miracle at Stake
Why Is Paternalism Wrong? The Freeman
Why Is Paternalism Wrong?
The Genesis of Extremism The Freeman
The Genesis of Extremism
Violence as a Way Of Life The Freeman
Violence as a Way Of Life
Importance Of The Promise The Freeman
Importance Of The Promise
What Shall Be Prohibited? The Freeman
What Shall Be Prohibited?
To Alleviate Misfortune The Freeman
To Alleviate Misfortune
Kakistocracy The Freeman
Kakistocracy
For the Good of Others The Freeman
For the Good of Others
A Clich of Socilaism: Under Public Ownership, We the People, Own It! The Freeman
A Clich of Socilaism: Under Public Ownership, We the People, Own It!
Knowing That We Know Not The Freeman
Knowing That We Know Not
Water Famine on the Hudson The Freeman
Water Famine on the Hudson
On Power and Corruption The Freeman
On Power and Corruption

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