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Larry Reed Versus ‘Smug, Arrogant, Self-Righteous, PC, Campus Insanity’

Mackinac Center's first president bullied by leftist authoritarians while giving lecture on ancient Rome

On American university campuses these days, it takes very little to be bullied and condemned as a “racist.” At the University of Colorado-Denver campus, apparently, a lecture about ancient Rome qualifies – depending on who is delivering it.

If the speaker is the leader of a venerable organization dedicated to teaching “the value of free markets, entrepreneurship, and strong character,” that’s enough.

Larry Reed is the current president of the Foundation for Economic Education, founded in 1946. He was also the first president of Michigan’s Mackinac Center for Public Policy, where he served for 20 years before going to FEE.

Reed wrote a column recently about the events surrounding a lecture he was invited to give at the University of Colorado-Denver. He describes the efforts to silence him by radicalized students as “an appalling microcosm of the smug, arrogant, self-righteous, politically-correct, campus insanity that you see on TV with increasing frequency these days.”

See Larry Reed’s thoughts on being a free market speaker targeted by intolerant campus bullies here.

Michigan Capitol Confidential is the news source produced by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy. Michigan Capitol Confidential reports with a free-market news perspective.