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Obituaries

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Nathaniel Branden, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
I just learned from a friend on Facebook that Nathaniel Branden died this morning. He was 84. I learned a lot from his weekend "intensives" and the second one I went to gave me the courage to leave the University... MORE

McKenzie on Tullock

Obituaries
David Henderson
Gordon Tullock was, in James Buchanan's words, a "natural economist" who saw economics as his way of understanding all of life. He talked and wrote much about personal interest and profit as motivations in markets and politics. Yet he gave... MORE

Kakha Bendukidze, RIP

Obituaries
Alberto Mingardi
On November 13, Kakha Bendukidze passed away in London,a result of a cardiac problem. I'd gotten to know Kakha a bit over the years, as he frequently participated in seminars organised by Istituto Bruno Leoni in Italy (my colleague Carlo... MORE

Richard McKenzie on Gordon Tullock

Public Choice Theory
David Henderson
I'll have some of my own reminiscences of Gordon Tullock sometime in the next few days. But I'm traveling to Montreal tomorrow and don't have time. But Richard McKenzie sent me four of them. Here they are. Gordon was on... MORE

Gordon Tullock, 1922-2014

Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings
Bryan Caplan
I am saddened to report that the great Gordon Tullock, professor emeritus at GMU econ and law, has died.  While I often disagreed with him, everything he wrote is worth reading.  Start with this excellent compendium.  Unlike many "interdisciplinary" economists,... MORE

I have not posted on that sweet man, Leonard Liggio, who died this week. It's partly because co-blogger Alberto Mingardi already has and partly because, while thinking about what to say, I came across a video by Tom Palmer. The... MORE

Leonard Liggio RIP

Obituaries
Alberto Mingardi
The name of Leonard Liggio won't say much to non libertarians: but it means a lot to the insiders of the libertarian movement. Leonard, who passed away yesterday, was a great and benevolent figure in this movement of ours. He... MORE

Ron McKinnon, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Ron McKinnon, the Stanford University economist who specialized in international finance, has died. According to his colleague John Shoven, Ron "fell on an escalator at SFO about twelve days ago and was badly injured." I didn't know Ron well but... MORE

Joan Rivers: More than a Comedian

Obituaries
David Henderson
Like many people, I mourn the loss of Joan Rivers. In the last year or so, my wife and I have gotten into watching Fashion Police and enjoying, except for her over-the-top comments, many of Joan's great, obviously prepared, catty... MORE

Last night, I did a segment on the John Batchelor Show on the late George Hilton. Here it is. My part starts at 33:10 and goes to the end. One correction: John referred to me as the Features Editor of... MORE

George Hilton, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
UPDATE BELOW On August 4, while I was on my vacation, my beloved transportation economics professor, George Hilton, died. Co-blogger Art Carden has rightly singled out one of his best articles in a post earlier today. Here are some of... MORE

John Blundell, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Last night, I saw on Facebook that John Blundell died yesterday. He was only 61 years old. Less than two months ago, I had posted on his personal reminiscences of the three Austrian economics conferences in the mid-1970s, two of... MORE

Carlos Ball, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Ian Vasquez of the Cato Institute reports: Venezuelan journalist and Cato adjunct scholar Carlos Ball passed away last week. He was 75. Carlos was a champion of liberty and a long-time friend to so many of us in the freedom... MORE

My Hoover Obit on Gary Stanley Becker

Obituaries
David Henderson
Here's a long excerpt: One major problem that Becker addressed in his column was the drug war. He did not shrink from advocating a free market in illegal drugs, a good that he, I'm confident, did not buy. He saw... MORE

Gary S. Becker, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Becker's unusually wide applications of economics started early. In 1955 he wrote his doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago on the economics of discrimination. Among other things, Becker successfully challenged the Marxist view that discrimination helps the person who... MORE

The Moral Vision of a Blind Economist

Obituaries
David Henderson
That's the title that Regulation gave my piece on Walter Oi. [I had given it the title "An Economist of Character Who Was a Real Character.] It appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Regulation. I had already written a... MORE

Murray Weidenbaum, RIP

Obituaries
David Henderson
Murray Weidenbaum, Ronald Reagan's first chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers, died on Thursday. The New York Times obit on him is excellent, uncovering some nuggets about him that I hadn't known. Check out the picture in the... MORE

Walter Oi, An Appreciation

Obituaries
David Henderson
UPDATE below: Walter thought the draft was wrong because he thought that people should be able to make such an important choice--whether to join the military or not--for themselves. His passion for free labor markets was what motivated his work... MORE

Nelson Mandela, RIP

Labor Market
David Henderson
UPDATE BELOW: I just heard from a KQED news producer a few minutes ago that Nelson Mandela has died. Mandela was a great man. The obvious reason was his courage and persistence in fighting against Apartheid. The somewhat less-obvious reason... MORE

Henderson on Coase

Obituaries
David Henderson
My op/ed on Ronald Coase's work was published in today's Wall Street Journal. Here's an ungated version published by the Hoover Institution. While, of course, I discussed the two articles that were most responsible for his winning the Nobel Prize,... MORE

Ronald Coase, 1910-2013

Obituaries
Art Carden
I checked Twitter a minute ago and learned that Ronald Coase has passed away. Coase's contributions were...Coasean. I'm not sure if I can think of a strong enough adjective to describe what he did in just two articles--"The Nature of... MORE

Farewell to a great historian

Economic History
Alberto Mingardi
Historians, economists, and voracious readers all over the world mourn the passing of David Landes. Landes, arguably one of the greatest economic historians of our time, was a superb writer and captivated readers all over the world. His son Richard... MORE

Further Notes on James Buchanan

Public Choice Theory
David Henderson
In my haste last night to post on Jim Buchanan, I neglected to point out that a large percent of his work is on-line for free at Liberty Fund's Online Library of Economics and Liberty. Go here and scroll down... MORE

James M. Buchanan, RIP

Economic Philosophy
David Henderson
I found out on my smart phone, shortly before boarding a flight from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. today, that Jim Buchanan has died. He was a good man and one of the most important economists of the last half... MORE

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