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Leonard E. Read

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

I, Pencil (Audio, PDF and HTML) Books
I, Pencil (Audio, PDF and HTML)

No one knows how to make a pencil: Leonard Read's classic (Audio, HTML, and PDF) 

Anything That's Peaceful Books
Anything That's Peaceful
Let anyone do anything, so long as his actions are peaceful; limit government to keeping the peace.
Vision Books
Vision
Endowed by Their Creator Books
Endowed by Their Creator
Outlook for Freedom Books
Outlook for Freedom
Instead of Violence Books
Instead of Violence
Where Lies This Fault? Books
Where Lies This Fault?
Meditations on Freedom Books
Meditations on Freedom
Thoughts Rule the World Books
Thoughts Rule the World
I'd Push the Button Books
I'd Push the Button
The Love of Liberty Books
The Love of Liberty
Who's Listening (1) Books
Who's Listening
To Free or Freeze (1) Books
To Free or Freeze
Then Truth Will Out Books
Then Truth Will Out
The Path of Duty (1) Books
The Path of Duty
The Freedom Freeway (1) Books
The Freedom Freeway
The Coming Aristocracy (1) Books
The Coming Aristocracy
The Free Market and Its Enemy (1) Books
The Free Market and Its Enemy
Talking to Myself (1) Books
Talking to Myself
Students of Liberty (1) Books
Students of Liberty
Seeds of Progress (1) Books
Seeds of Progress
Romance of Reality Books
Romance of Reality
Pattern for Revolt (1) Books
Pattern for Revolt
Liberty: Legacy of Truth (1) Books
Liberty: Legacy of Truth
Let Freedom Ring Books
Let Freedom Ring

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