Portrait of Leonard E. Read

Quotes by Leonard E. Read

1898 – 1983

Leonard Read, American founder and president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), had a lifelong devotion to educating people about freedom in down-to-earth ways that would stick with them. His most famous essay, “I, Pencil,” was first published in the December 1958 issue of The Freeman. It has influenced generations of economists, including Milton Friedman, through its charm and clarity.


Presidents, Kings, Tyrants, & Despots

Leonard Read on Ludwig von Mises as the economic dictator of the U.S. (1971)

Leonard E. Read