With 1 million readers per month, and a dramatically increased publication schedule, many people have noticed that this is clearly a new FEE.org. We think of it as an expanded implementation of the original purpose of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), which was not founded as a policy shop or a house for pure academic research. FEE was founded to change the culture by reaching individuals in all walks of life, to make the ideas of liberty familiar and credible, particularly to the rising generation.
FEE.org hopes to apply classical liberal and libertarian ideas in ways that help readers see the world in a new way, and ultimately understand their own life philosophy better. We want to avoid all “tribal” language and internecine conflicts — we aren’t recruiting to build a sect — so that every piece actually makes sense on its own terms and entices the reader into a deeper relationship with libertarian ideas.
We want to be as outward looking as possible. Ideally, FEE would come to represent a fresh voice, one that moves beyond all the ideological sandpits of the past decades and instead speaks to the highest aspirations of the human mind. We want the voice to be confident and sure-footed about the usefulness of the libertarian perspective — economically, politically, and personally.
This point of view need not always be overt; it can be implied, or at least assumed. We further presume that the readership is intelligent, well informed, and hit with a vast blizzard of information every day, so they have all developed powers of discernment to differentiate conviction from pure ideology. Hence, honesty, wit, and brevity are at a premium.
We don’t think that this particular goal could be accomplished by organizations with a purely academic or policy focus; we want to speak directly to the consumer of our materials, without a focus on converting bureaucrats or department heads. It’s all about the reader. Ideology is a template, but not an end state. The purpose of the writing is to reveal and enlighten the historical and contemporary narrative, proving the merit of our tradition by its sheer persuasive power. Nor do we fear being considered a lifestyle publication, for the ideas of liberty must begin in the most practical way, within our own lives.
With this in mind, we adhere to the following practices: First, we are generous with permissions, publishing everything in Creative Commons so that everyone can republish. We hope that this influences other content creators, so we can all benefit from a widening network and help leverage each other’s content. Second, we emphasize speed of publication. No writer wants to wait three weeks to see his or her work in print. We’ve reduced our production time to one hour or less in most cases. Third, we seek liberality in perspective, offering a venue for a huge variety of opinions and ideas, all centered on the vision of a freer world. Fourth, we are customer-friendly and never assume a captive audience; we must earn every minute that people spend with our content. Fifth, we work from the principle that there are no limits in digital spaces, which means that every day is a day for innovation and expansion.
The goal is freedom, which is not only about politics. It is also about the way we choose to live our lives. We can’t build a free world without first imagining our own role in such a world. That means inspiration, love, generosity, creativity, and a high aspiration for our own lives and the lives of others. This is the view of the world held by our founder Leonard Read and our current president Lawrence Reed, and it is a view that FEE.org hopes to impart to the world with our innovative digital spaces.