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Harry Browne (1933-2006)

Sad news today, Harry Browne has died at the age of 72...

The official press release from the Libertarian Party follows:

Former Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate, noted scholar, and investment advisor Harry Browne died at his home in Franklin, TN on the night of March 1, 2006, after a long illness.

A well-known inspirational speaker and writer, Harry was the author of 12 books that sold more than 2 million copies. In 1996 and 2000, he was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for President of the United States, with popular vote totals of 485,798 and 384,431 respectively.

Harry was the founder of DownsizeDC.org, a non-profit group dedicated to reducing the size of government and forcing governmental institutions into compliance with the Constitution. He authored several popular books on the libertarian movement and philosophy including, Why Government Doesn’t Work and The Great Libertarian Offer. In addition to these works on Libertarianism, Harry wrote investment advice books including You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis and Fail-Safe Investing.

During Harry Browne’s campaigns, he made appearances in almost every state and was credited with over 1,000 media appearances. He was often praised by the media, and won the endorsements of multiple talk-show hosts and journalists.

“Harry Browne’s actions and rhetoric were inspirations for me,” stated Sam New, acting Director of Communications for the Libertarian Party. “Through Harry’s writings, I began to understand what Libertarianism is. I trace the beginning of my involvement with the Party to him. His contributions to the Party will forever be evident. Harry will truly be missed by many supporters, followers, and friends around the world.”

More reaction from around the web:

Hammer of Truth: “If Harry Browne was still with us, I think he’d still be trying to motivate each and every one of us to reach our highest potential.”

LewRockwell.com: “As we look back on the history of the libertarian movement, and we think of those who have contributed mightily to making the idea of radical liberty more mainstream and popular, Harry Browne emerges as a giant.”

Liberty for Sale: “Harry Browne did much more good for liberty than most people, including myself, have ever done. But he also did wrong, and not addressing that fact in death simply isnt telling the truth.”

Reason’s Hit and Run: “I’ll miss knowing he’s around. Although his ideas about how libertarianism should be pursued changed, he was a consistently hardcore and vital voice for liberty. I hope he has in some sense escaped the most complicated and constraining trap of all.”

2 Responses to “Harry Browne (1933-2006)”

  1. George Whitfield Says:

    Harry Browne was a wonderfully effective communicator, both in writing and speaking. I have benefited from his financial writings and appreciated this advice immensely. I was impressed by his ability and by his willingness to actively work for our Libertarian Party and for individual liberty. I met him briefly on election night in 2000 in Atlanta and was honored to do so. Our world would be such a better place now if he had been the US President from 1997 through 2004. Harry Browne touched so many people favorably and enriched their personal lives so vitally that his legacy will continue into the future.

  2. Alexander S. Peak Says:

    This Wednesday, our College Libertarian meeting will be held in memory of Mr. Browne. We’ll be discussing his life and contributions to the movement.

    Here’s a press release I wrote for the meeting. It was written for just the campus media (our college paper, our television station, our two radio stations). http://wwwnew.towson.edu/clt/press/press4.html

    I also designed a flyer to advertize the memorial meeting, but I haven’t uploaded that yet to the site.

    I can’t honestly say I’m surprized by his death. As we all know, he’s been ill for a while. But it’s still sad to see him go.

    Alex Peak
    President, College Libertarians of Towson
    Towson University, Maryland
    wwwnew.towson.edu/clt

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