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06/15/1958Leonard E. Read

Liberty is an outward creation of man which he has adopted for himself and whose use and enjoyment he reserves for mankind as a whole, for which he struggles and to which he dedicates consciously or unconsciously his highest efforts. But at the same time we must admit, without any exceptions, that "liberty" cannot be broken down into smaller or greater parts according to our own ideas or interests, nor can the word "libertarian" be applied to any of these parts while the remainder are denied or rejected.


Leonard E. Read

Leonard E. Read was the founder of the Foundation for Economic Education — the first modern libertarian think tank in the United States — and was largely responsible for the revival of the liberal tradition in post–World War II America.


The Foundation for Economic Education, Inc., Irvington, New York, 1958