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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sharing ideas with your friends who disagree


FEE is here to introduce people to freedom as a personal philosophy.

Therefore, our most important audience is people who do not already share our philosophical perspective.

What is the richest source of these prized readers?

Your social media accounts!

It’s a good bet that your friends and followers represent a wide spectrum of opinion, because they are drawn from all your interests and affiliations in life.

FEE content is specifically designed to appeal to just such a broad audience. What’s the use of writing for people who already agree?

As you read our content from time to time—via FEE.org, FEE Daily, our Twitter feed or our Facebook and Instagram pages—I invite you to take note of just how many of our posts you are tempted to share with your friends and followers.

Many readers enjoy sharing our material precisely because FEE content is not resented by the people in their lives who have different views. Rather, their friends appreciate an exploration of ideas with which they can engage without feeling insulted.

This helps to explain the high level of engagement that FEE enjoys on social media, generating about a third of the traffic on FEE.org.

On Facebook, for example, our “reach”—the number of users who are exposed to at least one post from FEE—is about 1.8 million people per month. This is over 30x the number of people who receive our posts directly, indicating that our Facebook friends are extremely active at sharing FEE content with their friends.

Why not give it a try? You can use the “share” buttons directly from any post on FEE.org, “like” and “share” our posts on Facebook and Instagram (“FEEonline”) and retweet us on Twitter (“@FEEonline” and “#FEEonline”). I think your friends and followers will appreciate it.


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