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Monday, May 2, 2016

FEE’s Worldwide Reach

FEE’s founder Leonard E. Read (1898-1983) envisioned a global community of ambassadors for liberty, each devoted to understanding the principles of the freedom philosophy and helping others learn about them.

We continue Leonard’s vision today, with leverage far beyond anything he could have imagined. FEE’s community of individual ambassadors for liberty continues to swell, including over new seminar alumni per year.

What Leonard could never have imagined is a FEE with dozens of partners around the world largely through the Atlas Network and with, making tens of thousands of books, articles, and other media available to anyone with Internet access.

One such partner, the Mannkal Economic Education Foundation in Perth, Australia has included FEE in its extensive internship program, by which young Australians contribute their skills while gaining a deeper knowledge of freedom to bring back to their homeland. FEE has gladly hosted three Mannkal Scholars over the past 18 months, with another joining us in Atlanta this summer.

As another example, the European Students for Liberty gave FEE’s President Lawrence W. Reed the opportunity to keynote its recent conference in Prague, attended by hundreds of students.

The international footprint of has also grown dramatically. Of the monthly sessions on, over 15% are overseas. FEE articles and books are regularly translated into dozens of languages around the world. 

Leonard Read routinely  granted permission to translate and republish our work to all who asked, provided only that they acknowledge FEE as the source, but now, because we openly post a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, it’s no longer necessary for anyone to ask permission to do so.

Leonard Read’s freedom philosophy and his commitment to spread it globally are alive and well at FEE. The difference is that the growth of allied organizations abroad and the spread of digital technology have given us a bigger megaphone than Leonard ever envisioned.

I hope you’ll agree that FEE’s efforts to achieve Leonard’s vision in the world of the 21st Century continue to merit your support.

  • Wayne Olson is the Chairman of FEE's Board of Trustees and a former executive director of the Foundation for Economic Education.