In 1961, FEE’s founder, Leonard E. Read lamented:
“The American people are becoming more and more afraid of, and are running away from, their own revolution.”
This past year it seems his observation was more accurate than ever. It appears many misguided young Americans are trading the American Revolution—one driven by the deeply-rooted belief in the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness—for a different “revolution”...one that hollowly promises “free stuff,” “fair shares,” and a nanny state that strips away both responsibility and rights.
I firmly believe the best way to counter the influence of those who attempt to popularize bigger government, an expanded welfare state, and outright socialism is to cut them off at the root... And that starts with effectively engaging the rising generation with the principles that make up the “freedom philosophy”: individual liberty, free-market economics, entrepreneurial value creation, private property, limited government, and high moral character.
The fight to sustain liberty is ceaseless and one that every generation must undertake...and there is every reason to be encouraged.
This past year, FEE’s engagement and impact reached unprecedented levels. Our collaboration with partner organizations is deeper than ever. Our newly-launched programs have already experienced incredible success.
This update will share with you some highlights of 2019 and showcase the distinct impact FEE’s programs and outreach are having on bringing about a cascading cultural shift away from collectivist ideas.
I cannot emphasize enough my gratitude for the generosity of our supporters. To again quote Leonard E. Read: “This business of freedom is an ore that lies much deeper than most of us realize.
A great effort is required to dig up this ore that will save America. And where are we to find the miners? I think we will find these miners of the ‘freedom ore’ among those who love this country. And if you were to ask me who, in my opinion, has the greatest responsibility as a miner, I would suggest that it is [you]."
Your answer to this noble call of Mr. Read’s and your partnership in FEE’s mission is directly impacting the lives and the thinking of the rising generation and, as such, the future of this country and the world.
Thank you for advancing the ideas and principles of a free society when they are most crucially needed—in 2019 and the years to come.
Zilvinas "Z" Silenas, President
FEE's 2019 Annual Report (PDF)
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