Lawrence W. Reed

Margaret Thatcher on Socialism: 20 of Her Best Quotes

In 1979, the Iron Lady assumed the premiership of a country riven with labor strife, racked by stagflation and run down by decades of...

The Spirit of Nellie Bly

Nellie Bly lived life to its fullest. There was nothing boring about this woman. BY LAWRENCE W. REED On this date—January 25—in 1890, 25-year-old Nellie Bly...

How a Lowly Monk Ended Rome’s Bloody Gladiator Duels

BY LAWRENCE W. REED Fought in stadiums before tens of thousands of boisterous onlookers, ancient Roman gladiator duels are well known today—more than 1,600 years...

My Response to Time Magazine’s Cover Story on Capitalism

The case for true capitalism is a moral one that’s rooted in human nature and human rights. BY LAWRENCE W. REED The inventor of the now-famous...

The Courage of a Nurse: the Story of Edith Cavell

BY LAWRENCE W. REED Edith Cavell was responsible for one thousand Allied soldiers eventually making their way home from Belgium in WWI. Nazi Germany forced France...

The Golden Rule Is as Golden as Ever

BY LAWRENCE W. REED For three hours, the famous “standoff at the schoolhouse door” riveted the country’s attention. Alabama Governor George Wallace physically blocked the...

The Constitution of the Killing Fields

BY LAWRENCE W. REED The contents of a nation’s constitution, its most supreme law, ought to be composed with care and precision and implemented with...

Iraq’s Economic Crisis is Self-Inflicted

BY LAWRENCE W. REED Iraq is in the news again and sadly, it’s not good. More than 100 Iraqis were killed in violent protests during the...

About That Che T-Shirt

Think twice about adding a Che Guevara T-shirt to your Christmas giving this year. BY LAWRENCE W. REED Let’s say that all you knew about Adolf...

Advice for Presidential Candidates from Bastiat

BY LAWRENCE W. REED Whether conjured up by something I ate before bedtime, or by the cheesy horror flick I watched a few nights before,...

Guns Prevent Thousands of Crimes Every Day, Research Shows

LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION It never fails. A split-second after a mass shooting occurs, grandstanders and ideologues issue statements demanding new gun...

The Great Crash and Depression: 90 Years Later

It's imperative that readers get reacquainted with the politics and economics of that terrible episode in American history. BY LAWRENCE W. REED Ninety years ago this...

Pelatiah Webster: America’s Adam Smith and a Forgotten Founder

In 1776, the same year the Declaration of Independence appeared in America, Pelatiah Webster started publishing a series of essays on economic matters BY LAWRENCE...

Remembering the Ragusan Republic

LAWRENCE W. REED, FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EDUCATION Visitors to the Croatian city of Dubrovnik on the Adriatic are struck by the magnificence of the stone...

America’s Republic: How the Great Experiment Came About (and How We Keep It)

A brief history of America, its founding documents, and what we can do to keep the flame of liberty burning bright. BY LAWRENCE W. REED I...

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...

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,...