Kent Lassman is president and CEO of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, where he oversees strategy for the free market organization, including management of a team of policy, communications, and fundraising staff.

My Articles

March 22, 2018, 10:22 AM EDT
There is a profound intellectual temptation toward viewing the world through the lens of our favorite ideas. Powerful ideas can inspire, shape how we interpret the world, and provide emotional solace during tempestuous times. But no matter how attractive and interesting or how well they explain the world around us, the core of life remains what we do. It is in the actions of mankind that we can see how people adapt to challenges, achieve progress and, hopefully, make life better for each other.
January 31, 2018, 3:02 PM EST
The economy is improving, and Americans around the country are feeling it. To further this progress and help those who are still struggling, the Trump administration should double down on regulatory reform efforts that are helping ensure that economic opportunity can reach every hardworking family and community.
August 16, 2017, 2:41 PM EDT
If there were ever book federal agency managers should read, it is Peter Drucker’s “Managing in Turbulent Times.” With his signature clarity, Drucker tackles how to adapt to widespread social changes and make sound management decisions. It was published in 1980, when new currencies, new institutions, and major demographic changes were driving a revolution in our political culture.
August 29, 2016, 4:17 PM EDT
When did it become a crime to disagree with a government official?
April 14, 2016, 4:17 PM EDT
Feisty, aggressive, unwavering, and sometimes unconventional—all terms I heard prior to joining CEI last week as president. The descriptions were spot-on. But before the first conversations ended, CEI had a new opportunity to showcase why it is the leading organization making the uncompromising case for individual and economic freedom.