CEI’s Fred Smith is Marketing the Market

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Navigator: CEI was founded in 1984.  Who were the people involved in starting it up and what were their backgrounds?


Smith:  CEI was established in March 1984.  My background had been at the Council for a Competitive Economy, a group that was created as a businessman’s libertarian organization some five years earlier.  I worked as Director of Government Affairs for CCE and as coalition/outreach person until its funding was pulled.  Many of the groups with which I had formed coalitions on various issues as CCE’s Director of Government Affairs urged me to launch a new organization with a more activist focus.  My belief then, and now, was that a creative linage of analysis and advocacy offered greater hope for advancing economic liberty than did either alone…