The Freeman magazine was the flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education and one of the oldest, most respected journals of liberty in America. It was founded in 1950 through the efforts of John Chamberlain, Henry Hazlitt, Isaac Don Levine, and Suzanne La Follette. FEE acquired it in 1956, and within two years it had reached 42,000 subscribers.
Through its articles, commentaries and book reviews, several generations of Americans have learned about the consequences and contradictions that flow from the illiberal policies of collectivism, interventionism, and the welfare state. For 66 years, The Freeman uncompromisingly defended the ideals of a free society.
FEE announced in September 2016 that the Fall 2016 would be the final edition of The Freeman magazine. Selected back issues are available at the FEE Store, and all issue content is available on FEE.org.
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This is final issue of The Freeman, the illustrious publication that built the liberty movement in the United States and even the world. It is a fitting and brilliant tribute to the mighty intellectual work of the past, and the perfect launch to the new and exciting world of global digital distribution in the future. You could call it a “passing of the torch.”
When you hear of some impending crisis that can only be solved by scientists working with public officials to force people into a new pattern that is contrary to their free will, there is reason to raise an eyebrow. Science is a process of discovery, not an end state, and its consensus of the moment should not be enshrined in the law and imposed at gunpoint.
Humanity’s oldest stories follow the form: the lone individual in peril on behalf of his tribe. From the Hobbit to Harry Potter, from Star Wars to the Hunger Games, we see this pattern embedded in the structure of our favorite tales.