Lawrence W. Reed

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed is FEE's President Emeritus and Humphreys Family Senior Fellow. Reed served as president of FEE from 2008-2019 after serving previously as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He is a native of Pennsylvania and a 30-year resident of Michigan, and now resides in Newnan, Georgia.

Recent blog posts by this author

About That Che Guevara T-Shirt

[Read this article in Spanish here.]   Let’s say that all you knew about Adolf Hitler was that he painted scenic pictures, postcards, and houses in Vienna, loved dogs and named his adorable German Shepard “Blondie,” and frequently...

The Constitution of the Killing Fields

The contents of a nation’s constitution, its most supreme law, ought to be composed with care and precision and implemented with scrupulous fidelity. Otherwise, there’s not much point in having one. Imagine a board game (like “Scrabble,” “...

Advice for Presidential Candidates From Bastiat

Whether conjured up by something I ate before bedtime, or by the cheesy horror flick I watched a few nights before, or by something else, I just don’t know – but I tossed and turned through one of the most vivid dreams last weekend that I’ve ever...

Olympe de Gouges, Heroine of the French Revolution

Despite the tendency of French historians to depict the events of 1789-1799 in a more favorable light than they deserve, heroes of the ghastly French Revolution are few in number. Hundreds of thousands of people perished in a decade-long spasm of...

Bad Quotes of Some Bad Presidents

Presidents’ Day is just around the corner. Should we celebrate? People who love liberty and live in a free society don’t bow down and worship politicians. We understand that politicians wield power, to be sure, but we also know they still put...

How Venezuelans Can Recover from the Sickness of Socialism

And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God...

The Transformative Power of Forgiveness

Thirty-five years ago today—on December 27, 1983—the world witnessed a most extraordinary act of forgiveness. In Rome’s Rebibbia Prison, Pope John Paul II met for the first time with Mehmet Ali Ağca, the very terrorist who shot him four...

The Worst Emperor of Ancient Rome: Caligula

During the question-and-answer period after a lecture on ancient Rome, an audience member asked me, “Who would you rank as the Empire’s worst Emperor?” That was a tough one. I deplore concentrated power so I really don’t like any of them. Of the...

The Top 10 Presidential Vetoes in American History

President James Garfield named his beloved dog Veto. The pooch was a monstrous but lovable black Newfoundland weighing more than a hundred pounds. Congress got the message: A bad or unconstitutional bill would go straight to the Garfield doghouse. (...

The Real Questions You Should Ask Your Economics Professor

“Students are commonly told that Jesus was amenable to socialism because he favored the sharing of wealth. But in fact, he taught personal responsibility, voluntary charity, and doing good from the heart, not from someone else’s wallet.” “The...

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