In keeping with Masonic tradition, I don't ever expect to discuss politics on this blog. Still, I want to mark the passing of a rather interesting footnote in recent political history.
I've always been fascinated by "third parties" in the U.S. Two political parties never did seem like enough to me — we need other viewpoints.
The John Anderson breakaway-thing in 1980 interested me, as did the LaRouche Social Democrat movement, the more recent Green Party / Ralph Nader campaign, and of course, the Libertarian Party. My fascination wasn't necessarily because I agreed or disagreed with any of these parties' ideals or platforms, but I found their very existence as an outside-the-box point-of-view to be important for the political health of the nation. Personally, I'd like to see a multi-party political system in our country.
On March 1, two-time Libertarian Party presidential candidate Harry Browne died from complications of Lou Gehrig's disease. He was 72. He garnered nearly 1% of the vote in 1996, and around 1/2% in 2000.
Harry Browne was a libertarian writer focusing on the free market, an investment analysist, and, as I said before, a two-time presidential candidate. I first heard about Browne in the mid-1980s, when I read his book How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World. It wasn't really a book about laying low so much as just doing your own thing without crowing about it. That's why I was amazed to hear ten years later than he was making himself into a pubilc figure by becoming the front man for a political party and running for President.
- Wikipedia entry
- National Review interview from 1996
- L.A. Times obituary
- Google search on "Harry Browne libertarian"
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