Hostirad (hostirad) wrote,

I lost a lifelong hero last night

(This is what I posted in the blog at the site when I heard the announcement that Harry Browne has died last night, )

I first heard Harry Browne speak in the early 70s on NBC's Today Show, where he was promoting his book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. I had never heard someone speak with such clarity, rationality, and insight about any subject. I was blown away, not only by his charisma (he was charming), but also by how reasonable his ideas sounded. At first opportunity I rushed out to buy the book and then devoured it. I found the book so remarkable that I have never stopped rereading it. In fact, I continue to have my students read, analyze, and react to Harry's ideas in the courses I teach at my university.

I have been voting in presidential elections since 1972, the year
after I turned 18. When I first registered to vote I felt that affiliating with an established political party would be tantamount to letting someone else do my thinking for me. I therefore registered then as an independent and stayed that way for many years. But when I heard that Harry Browne was running as the Libertarian Party's candidate for president, everything changed for me. Because of Harry, I discovered a party that I could enthusiastically join because libertarians promote freedom for everyone.

Thank you, Harry. You have been a great light for showing us how to find freedom. Your work has inspired me to devote my life to spreading your insights and wisdom to as many people I can.

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