Lawrence W. Reed

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...

Cleveland Passed the Test of Character and Statesmanship

LAWRENCE REED, THE FREEMAN As usual, this year’s presidential campaign will test the popularity of two men. It will also tell us a lot about...

The Quakery of Equality

LAWRENCE W. REED, THE FREEMAN This article is reprinted from the December 1995 issue of The Freeman “Free people are not equal, and equal people are...

Dusting Off a Man and His Classic

Free Enterprise Zone, The Freeman, Lawrence Reed In 1870 the sultan of Turkey gave a book by a Scotsman to his entire entourage of top-ranking officials....