Leonard E. Read

“Business Is Entitled to a Fair Profit”

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN This is actually a cliché of social­ism, but it often goes unchallenged because the businessmen who re­peat it are rarely...

I Prefer Security to Freedom

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 12 Many people wander unwittingly into socialism, gulled by assumptions they have not tested. One popular...

Socialism: A Barren System

AMERICANIST ESSAYS, LEONARD E. READ Source: The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty, March 01, 1963 Socialism is just as surely state ownership and/or control of the means...

The Free Market Ignores the Poor – Clichés of Progressivism

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 7 Once an activity has been socialized for a spell, nearly everyone will concede that that’s the...

The More Complex the Society, the More Government Control We Need

LEONARD E. READ, THE FREEMAN Clichés of Progressivism, Part 4 Argued a college president at a recent seminar: “Your free market, private property, limited government theories...

What Shall Be Prohibited?

LEONARD READ, THE FREEMAN How misled we often are when judging people by first appear­ances! To dramatize the fact that what meets the eye is...

The Essence of Americanism

Leonard Read, The Freeman, 1961 (abridged from lecture) Someone once said: It isn’t that Christianity has been tried and found wanting; it has been tried...

Man’s purpose and the definition of morality

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Leonard E. Read For anyone with assumptions such as these, the answer to the question, ‘What is the purpose of...

Man's purpose and the definition of morality

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Leonard E. Read For anyone with assumptions such as these, the answer to the question, ‘What is the purpose of...

Is Government a Necessary Evil?

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Leonard Read Government is said to be a necessary evil. The saying appears to be without merit. For can anything...

Leonard Read: God, Sovereignty, and the American Revolution

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Leonard E. Read Contrary to what most of us have been taught in school, the American Revolution was not essentially...