Flagship publication of the Foundation for Economic Education
Publisher, 1956-, Foundation for Economic Education


Freeman: 1950-
    by Charles H. Hamilton, The Conservative Press in Twentieth-Century America, 1999
"When the Freeman first appeared on 2 October 1950, it was carrying on a distinguished history of political journalism. ... The Freeman restedd its perspective firmly on the classical liberal tradition. These were succinctly set forth in an important editorial in the first issue written by Henry Hazlitt ... As part of the Foundation for Economic Education, the Freeman has been a strong voice for classical liberalism and free market principles."

Publication Frequency

2 October 1950-28 June 1954
July 1954-June 2003
July/August 2003-December 2014
Monthly, except bimonthly for January/February and July/August
Spring 2015-

Staff and Associates

John ChamberlainEditor, 2 October 1950-9 February 1953
Frank ChodorovEditor, July 1954-December 1955
Henry HazlittEditor, 2 October 1950-20 October 1952 and 23 February 1953-11 January 1954
Paul L. PoirotEditor, January 1956-October 1985
Sheldon RichmanEditor, December 1997-October 2012


Albert Jay Nock: A Gifted Pen for Radical Individualism, by Jim Powell, The Freeman, Mar 1997
Biographical essay, including his early life, editorship of The Freeman, and notable books and essays
"In 1950, Nock's former editorial associate Suzanne La Follette joined with Life editor John Chamberlain and Newsweek columnist Henry Hazlitt to launch another Freeman—this time, as a biweekly. ... The distinguished contributors included William F. Buckley Jr., Frank Chodorov, John T. Flynn, F.A. Hayek, Ludwig von Mises, and Wilhelm Röpke. ... Leonard E. Read's Foundation for Economic Education acquired The Freeman, pumped money into it, went to a monthly schedule, retained Chodorov as its first editor, and has issued it ever since."
The Early History of FEE, by Henry Hazlitt, The Freeman, Mar 1984
Excerpted from Hazlitt's remarks at the Leonard E. Read Memorial Conference on Freedom, November 1983
"Leonard's first move was to publish an outline of the aims of the Foundation and its proposed activities. He listed no fewer than fourteen of these ... I condense them here: ... (5) a journal (this was realized in mid-1954 when FEE took over The Freeman) ..."


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