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Harry Browne, R.I.P.

Posted by Richard on March 3, 2006

I’m sorry I didn’t hear about this sooner. There’s sad news from the Libertarian Party:

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, 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.

I spoke with Browne several times, and he was personable, charming, intelligent, and considerate — an old-fashioned gentleman. I’m sorry he had to die so soon (he was only 72).

Browne had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s disease), an incurable neurodegenerative illness leading to paralysis and death. 

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