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Friday, April 5, 2024

How FEE Is Bringing the Message of Liberty to Spanish-Speaking Audiences

FEE has an entire Spanish team that many may be unfamiliar with. Here’s what they’ve been up to.

Image: A Spanish-speaking audience takes in a FEE program.

In 2019, the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) launched “FEE en Español”: an initiative to promote economic literacy and the freedom philosophy among Spanish-speaking audiences. This mission is as daring as it is desperately needed, as big-government policies have left Hispanic communities throughout Latin America and Spain suffocated.

Most of the countries we serve are in the bottom 30% on the economic freedom scale. Because our ideas go against the grain in these regions, there are many obstacles to this work. We regularly encounter a labyrinth of hampering regulations, the iron fist of censorship, and stiff resistance to our message about the rights of people to the free exercise of liberty.

Yet, truth and liberty eventually find a way. And, even in the face of these challenges, FEE en Español has prevailed.

Knowledge is power, and in just four years, we’ve empowered over 110,000 students with the principles of a free society. This represents a pace of four new classrooms every day, taking place across more than 600 schools in 12 countries.

FEE’s Javier Perez Saavedra delivering a talk to a Spanish-speaking audience

We have spread the message of liberty throughout Latin America, from the heavily surveilled neighborhoods of Petare in Maduro’s Venezuela, to the sanctioned economies of Colombia, to the remote communities of Argentina, to the indigenous populations in Mexico, and to rural areas in Guatemala. The student demand for this message has been nonstop since day one. The journey has had many highs and lows and has been overwhelmingly inspiring and gratifying.

And yet, it’s still not enough. The mission to move an entire generation toward liberty calls for even more. But the strategy is sound, and we are confident that it will prevail in the end. The road to scaling a successful, sustainable, and economically viable program lies before us.

After receiving feedback from over 16,000 students, one thing is certain: the vast majority of young people in Latin America have never been adequately exposed to these ideas. But, judging from the positive response, the program has exceeded our ambitious expectations. It impacted their thought processes, their professional journeys, and their lives. Today, over 110,000 students have come to appreciate the significant role that liberty plays in addressing poverty.

Our testimonials often reflect enlightening moments for our students where they understood valuable life lessons for the first time, such as the following:

1) How market freedom facilitates innovation and efficiency in the marketplace better than government intervention.

2) How the law of supply and demand is immutable, and thus government meddling often hurts those it aims to help.

3) How genuine economic growth comes as a result of savings and investment, not from unbridled consumption and short-term stimulus.

4) Realizing that extensive taxes and regulations throttle the entrepreneurial spirit and job creation, whereas fewer burdens would spur the economy.

5) Realizing that private property and contracts are essential for a society to be one of plenty and justice, because they provide the necessary incentives to create value and use resources efficiently.

As FEE en Español nears its fifth year, we are eager to expand the impact of our programs. One way we plan to do that is by setting a goal that every student will come away understanding certain key ideas, including: the market economy, entrepreneurship, private property, high moral character, and individual responsibility.

But as we advance to more nations, classrooms, and students, we are doing more than imparting knowledge. We are disrupting the narrative of envy, pushing back against the prevalent idea that “you are poor because someone else is rich.”

We extend our deepest thanks to our mentor, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, and our fearless allies—Caminos de la Libertad (Mexico), Liberbank (Colombia), Federalismo y Libertad (Argentina), and the Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economía Política (Ecuador)—for their steadfast support in this campaign for a brighter future.

If you’re reading this from Latin America or if you want to create a deep culture of personal responsibility, integrity, private property, and a mindset of freedom and free markets in Latin America, get in touch by emailing Arturo at [email protected] for current projects you can join.


  • Arturo is an economist and entrepreneur, he is currently enrolled in a Master's degree in International Business. He is also the co-founder of FEE en Español.

  • Lawrence W. Reed is FEE's President Emeritus, having previously served for nearly 11 years as FEE’s president (2008-2019). He is also FEE's Humphreys Family Senior Fellow and Ron Manners Global Ambassador for Liberty. His Facebook page is here and his personal website is lawrencewreed.com.