Lawrence W. Reed

Rights and Non-Rights: A Simple Way to Distinguish the Two

Despite the centrality of rights in American history, it’s readily apparent today that Americans are of widely different views on what a right is,...

C.S. Lewis Saw Government as a Poor Substitute for God

That means it contains all the flaws and foibles of mortals so a free people must confine it, restrain it, and keep a wary...

George Washington’s State of the Union Address Holds Lessons for the 21st Century

It was a time when government knew its limits and its proper place, and the people did too. BY LAWRENCE W. REED A few million people...

Citizenship Needs an Owner’s Manual

BY LAWRENCE W. REED When you buy a new car, you get an indispensable document called an Owner’s Manual. Nobody ever throws the manual away...
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Larry Reed – “The Seven Principles of Sound Public Policy”

Lawrence W. Reed is President of the Foundation for Economic Education and the author of the book Real Heroes: Inspiring True Stories of Courage,...

For Liberty Inspiration, Read This Book

LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION       From football stars to entertainment figures to politicians, it seems that every other day America witnesses the fall...

A Revolution to Always Remember but Never Celebrate

As the Great October Socialist Revolution reaches its centennial anniversary, it's important to remember the devastation it wrought. LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION The...

Cicero: Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

BY LAWRENCE W. REED Question: If you could go back in time and spend one hour in conversation with 10 people—each one separately and privately—whom...

Augustine: Searching for Truth and Wisdom

BY LAWRENCE W. REED To write about a man known chiefly as a theologian — a bishop in the early Catholic Church, no less —...

5 Ideas at the Heart of Socialism

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN The good news is that more millennials are skeptical of economic intervention than trust the government to improve anything. The...

Home Education Inspires a Love of Learning

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN The hero in this story is not any one person but rather nearly two million Americans — moms and dads...

What Led to Magna Carta?

Rapacious royalty in the run-up to Runnymede BY LAWRENCE W. REED June 15, 2015 marks 800 years since a fateful day along the River Thames just...

Ownership Must Be Tempered by Sharing

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 16 Progressives have a problem with ownership, especially when it’s yours. The very notion seems to conjure...

On the Centennial of the Birth of a Giant

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN April 25, 2015, marks a century since John James Cowperthwaite entered the world. It’s a birthdate that deserves celebration everywhere. I...

Internet at the Speed of Government

Warmed over regulations from 80 years ago won't fix the Web LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Last month, the Federal Communications Commission launched a historic power grab over...

Cooperation, Not Competition!

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 13 “Gym Now Stresses Cooperation, Not Competition,” blared a headline in The New York Times a decade ago. The...

Rich People Have an Obligation to Give Back

Clichés of Progressivism, Part 11 LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN For a society that has fed, clothed, housed, cared for, informed, entertained, and otherwise enriched more...

The Economy Needs More Planning–Central Planning, That Is

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 8 Thanksgiving is just one day each year.  But because we have so much to be...

How to Lose a Constitution—Lessons from Roman History

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN I begin with this remark of the celebrated Roman historian Livy, written 2,000 years ago: There is an exceptionally beneficial and...

Capitalism Fosters Greed and Government Policy Must Temper It

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 6 On April 19, 2014, the Colonial Bread store in my town of Newnan, Georgia, closed its...

Government Is Always the Answer, Even if Government Was the Problem

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN When the housing bubble burst in 2008 and brought much of the economy down with it, the more thoughtful analysts...

Equality Serves the Common Good

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism #3 “Free people are not equal, and equal people are not free.” I wish I could remember who first...

Enemy of the State, Friend of Liberty

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Question: If you could go back in time and spend one hour in conversation with 10 people—each one separately and privately—whom...

A Slogan Worth Your Bumper

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN The art of economics consists in looking not merely at the immediate but at the longer effects of any act or...

The Man Behind the Hong Kong Miracle

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Three cheers for Hong Kong, that tiny chunk of Southeast Asian rock. For the twentieth consecutive year, the Index of Economic...

Lincoln's Good Advice

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN The President’s Day holiday we mark each year at about this time is meant to remind us of both George Washington...

Lincoln’s Good Advice

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN The President’s Day holiday we mark each year at about this time is meant to remind us of both George Washington...

Richard Cobden: The International Man

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN William Ewart Gladstone, prime minister of Great Britain four times in the nineteenth century, boasted near the end of his life...

If Incentives Matter, We Might Be in Trouble

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN Known for his numerous literary and theological works, such as The Chronicles of Narnia and Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis was...