Presidents and Poverty: Wisdom from 19th Century American Chief Executives with FEE President Lawrence W. Reed

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 5:00 PM
Warsaw School of Economics (Szkoła Główna Handlowa) al. Niepodległości 162, Warsaw (Poland) Lecture Hall #152

Join FEE and the Polish-American Foundation for Economic Research and Education (PAFERE) on Wednesday, March 9 for a discussion with FEE President Lawrence W. Reed. Mr. Reed will be discussing “Presidents and Poverty: Wisdom from our 19th Century American Chief Executives,” illustrating how our first 25 presidents saw the role of government in alleviating poverty.

Did early American presidents envision a welfare state for the country? If not, does that suggest they didn’t care for the poor or had no role for government in mind with regard to reducing poverty? In this lecture, Mr. Reed will explore the thoughts, words and actions of the presidents in America’s first century on the critical issues of wealth and poverty and what they thought the Constitution both allowed and prohibited. He will make the case that these men did indeed envision a “war on poverty” but one very different from what took shape under later successors in the 20th Century.

This event is offered at no charge.

For questions or more information, contact Piotr Zak at (+48) 792 55 93 29 or [email protected].


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 twenty 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. degree 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, dozens of articles in magazines and journals in the U. S. 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 co-authored seven books, including “A Republic—If We Can Keep It,” “Striking the Root: Essays on Liberty,” “The Great Hope,” and “Are We Good Enough For 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.

Date: March 9, 2016

Time: 5:00 PM

Location: Warsaw School of Economics (Szkoła Główna Handlowa)
                        al. Niepodległości 162, Warsaw (Poland)
                        Lecture Hall #152