Real Heroes

The Foundation for Economic Education presents "Real Heroes." FEE President Lawrence W. Reed relates the stories of people whose choices and actions make them heroes. 

In fall 2016, FEE and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute are releasing a printed compilation of over 40 stories from the series entitled "Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage, Character, and Conviction." Pre-order for $14.40 today.

Mr. Reed has personally met many heroes himself. In a 2007 essay on one of them, Sir Nicholas Winton, he wrote, “The truest hero does not think of himself as one, never advertises himself as such, and does not perform the acts that make him a hero for either fame or fortune. He does not wait for government to act if he senses an opportunity to fix a problem himself.”

The people Reed writes about are not be the well-known, usual suspects. Often they are be men and women you never heard of, from the distant past to the present day. In every case, they are individuals who deserve notice and appreciation. They  exemplify one or more of the character traits Reed wrote about in his short book, Are We Good Enough for Liberty? — traits he regards as critical to the flourishing of a free society.

Government Power Was His Mortal Enemy

If your misconceptions were his target, Bastiat's stories could leave you utterly, embarrassingly disarmed.

- October 16, 2015

“The Winner Always Has a Program”

“I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted,” said tennis champion Althea Gibson. But her persistence and her excellence opened doors and opened minds.

- October 09, 2015

Antiwar Hero

Sassoon was both a celebrated war hero and a renowned opponent of the war in which he fought.

- October 02, 2015

Four Justices Who Stood for Justice

George Sutherland, Willis Van Devanter, James Clark McReynolds, and Pierce Butler — four justices who endured ridicule from the highest places and from men far less principled — defended the Constitution as their oaths required.

- September 25, 2015

A Life Devoted to the Freedom of Others

Courageous, visionary, and disciplined, Thomas Clarkson gave a long life almost entirely to the service of people he never met in lands he never saw.

- September 18, 2015

He Played Each Game as If It Were His Last

Black and Puerto Rican by birth, Clemente transcended race, nationality, and culture to become American Major League Baseball’s first Latino superstar. But tragedy compounded tragedy as the hero sought to help in a time of disaster.

- September 11, 2015

Missionary for Free Markets

“Truth,” he said, “is not a numbers game. You can be alone and you can be right.”

- September 04, 2015

God’s Forgotten Libertarian

Machen saw liberty as God’s intention for humanity and would not abide the presumptuous claims of earthly governments to diminish it “for our own good.”

- August 28, 2015

“Hitler Didn’t Snub Me — It Was Our President”

FDR couldn’t bring himself to send a telegram to the man who won four Olympic gold medals.

- August 21, 2015

Woman versus the State

When Kellems saw waste, bungling, and stupidity in government, she didn’t hesitate to speak out and make headlines. 

- August 12, 2015

Practicing Gratitude in the Shadow of the Third Reich

How did a teenage girl show so much optimism, hope, and even gratitude for the good she saw in a war-torn world?

- August 05, 2015

The Man Who Almost Stopped Julius Caesar

To accept forgiveness would be conceding Caesar’s right to forgive, and Cato would not concede that.

- July 31, 2015

You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

Jim Blanchard overcame personal tragedy to become a powerful figure for liberty and sound money. 

- July 24, 2015

America’s First Feminist Was a Radical Libertarian

Anne Hutchinson was a martyr for the freedoms of speech, religion, and association. 

- July 17, 2015

When Democrats Were Respectable

If you’re unhappy that today’s political parties give lip service to equal rights as they busy themselves carving up what’s yours and passing out the pieces, don’t blame me. I’m a Locofoco and a fan of William Leggett.

- July 10, 2015

Watch Lawrence Reed on Stossel's "Heroes of Freedom" Show

This week's Stossel show is focused on “Heroes of Freedom,” so, of course, they called FEE President Lawrence W. Reed. 

- July 06, 2015

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

The verdict is in: the one ingredient that makes the most difference in how well and how much children learn is parental involvement. 

- July 03, 2015

A Fighter on Many Fronts

Joe Louis dealt with poverty and racism, took on the best boxers of his day, battled the Nazis, and crossed swords with the Internal Revenue Service.

- June 26, 2015

She Warned the World about Hitler

Katharine Atholl smelled danger and said so, years before the elite of her own political party mustered similar courage. How different might history have been if there were more people like her?

- June 19, 2015

Millions in Brazil Follow a Teen Leader to Freedom

Meet the 19-year-old cofounder and public face of the Free Brazil Movement.

- June 04, 2015

The Berlin Wall: Those Who Refused to Be Caged

Peter Fechter and the 253 others who died at the Berlin Wall are real heroes. They deserve to be remembered.

- May 28, 2015

Blind but Not Disabled

The most revered woman in late 19th-century America was popular as much for her perseverance in the face of a horrific obstacle as for all the many good deeds she performed. 

- May 22, 2015

From the Sixth Grade to a Harvard Degree

In his 77 years of life, “Nub” Morey journeyed further than most of us ever will. He was a pioneering inventor, an entrepreneurial genius, a job creator, and a benefactor of education.

- May 15, 2015

Lemonade from Lemons

Ludwig Erhard did more than any other man or woman to denazify the German economy after World War II.

- May 07, 2015

Risking Life and Limb for Liberty

Tubman ventured back into slave states to escort escapees to Northern states and to Canada as conductor of the most dangerous “railroad” in the world.

- May 01, 2015

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