While the news that Richard Pryor and former Sen. Eugene McCarthy both died today will certainly get far more ink, those in this-movement-of-ours lament the unfortunate passing of R.W. "Bill" Bradford, the founder and publisher of Liberty magazine.
Though always modest in circulation, and even more humble in its production values, for nearly two decades Liberty served as the only reliable source for the "inside baseball" view of the libertarian movement. It was the first explicitly libertarian publication that I ever subscribed to, and at one point, I came within a hair's length of deciding to up and move to Port Townsend, Wash. (a couple hours north of Olympia, on the edge of Olympic National Park) to serve as its assistant editor.
Here's a sampling of some of those remembering him:
- Chris Matthew Sciabarra
- Jesse Walker
- Brian Doherty
- Stephen Gordon
- Thomas L. Knapp
- Wendy McElroy
- Anthony Gregory
And a link to Bill's essay on "How We Started Liberty"