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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Strategic Notes from FEE—Partnering to challenge the myths of progressivism

July 2015

Leveraging partnerships with other freedom-friendly organizations is a priority at FEE. This month, yet another cooperative venture will culminate with the publication of Excuse Me, Professor, a book collaboration between FEE and Young America’s Foundation, published by Regnery as a mass-market paperback.

YAF asked FEE to equip its student membership with compelling responses to some of those superficially attractive myths and superstitions that perennially haunt college classrooms and dorms. You know the type—“The free market ignores the poor,” “Profit is evidence of suspicious behavior,” “Government spending brings jobs and prosperity,” and so on.

FEE rose to the challenge by creating the weekly series “Clichés of Progressivism,” edited by FEE’s president Lawrence W. Reed and distributed online weekly for a year by both organizations.

FEE released successive installments on the Friday of each week. As readers came to look forward to new installments, the series generated a steady stream of visitors that helped to offset the historicFriday slump in readership.

The strong reception online enabled FEE and YAF to secure a book contract with Regnery to collect the year’s worth of essays between two covers, under a more light-hearted title. Please visit for details and links to pre-order the book today.

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