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Leonard E. Read
1898 - 1983

Founder and first president of the Foundation for Economic Education, manager for many years of the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, commentator and advocate for free markets and against Marxism, author of 27 books including The Love of Liberty and of many essays and columns including the famous essay "I, Pencil"


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A principle cannot be compromised but only adhered to or surrendered. Honesty is abandoned as much by the theft of a dime as of a dollar.

from Meditations on Freedom
No genius is required to see clearly that an unhampered market economy best fulfills the peaceful wants and ambitions of everyone involved. Each best serves himself by serving others, producing his own specialty, trading for theirs.