“Are we a chosen marginalized group that is going to be forever hanging around together? Is this just our social gang?,” asks Jeffrey Tucker, director of content for the Foundation of Economic Education (FEE). “I think that is a problem.”
When FEE was first founded in 1946 by Leonard Read, libertarianism was a little known concept. Thanks to regularly featured works by noted scholars like Ludwig von Mises, Milton Friedman, Henry Hazlitt, and George Stigler, the ideas of human liberty and freedom became more accessible and familiar to a larger audience.
But Tucker warns that the growing popularity of libertarianism presents new challenges: “Because we have become a movement… it does give rise to—I think—certain temptations to speak in our own vernacular or our own really high liturgical language with each other. Then normal people can’t understand.”
Reason’s Nick Gillespie sat down with Tucker at the International Students for Liberty Conference to discuss the history of FEE and how popular culture can be used by libertarians to spread their ideas to a mainstream audience.
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