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Ep. 109 Larry Reed on Maintaining Hope and Speaking Truth to Power

Larry Reed has been an organizational leader for liberty for decades, first at the Mackinac Center and then at FEE. He talks with Bob about Solzhenitsyn’s ability to withstand the Soviet gulag, and more generally makes the case for optimism in the face of oppression.

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Chief Economist at infineo, and Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute.


  1. Not bob on 03/21/2020 at 9:44 PM

    Got the Gulag Archipelago after listening to this episode. Like you, I’d heard about it forever. But I should probably read it for myself.

  2. Greg on 03/22/2020 at 11:17 AM


    Thanks! It’s been a while since I last heard a talk by Larry Reed. What a great spokesperson for the Liberty Movement!

    FYI. Gulag Archipelago is on audibles, but the narrator is not the best. May I point out Solzhenitsyn’s “One Day in the Life Ivan Denisovich” it’s a short novel about a day in the gulag.

  3. Dann Reid on 06/01/2020 at 8:47 PM

    I loved the episode. After the discussion of Wilson’s warmongering, would that act loosely qualify him as fascist? I know that word seems over and misused.

    Is it an all-or-nothing definition? I’m not trying to be obtuse, but do wonder how little or much is required for a term to be so. Can one be fascistic but not fascist?

    Since labels and terms seem to conceal more than reveal, perhaps there is a better way to explain WW’s evil?

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