Remembering Harry Browne, Ten Years Later

Presidential candidate, best-selling author, and Downsize DC co-founder

Mar 01, 2016, 06:38 ET from

AKRON, Ohio, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Harry Browne died ten years ago today, March 1, 2006. Today, the organization he co-founded,, Inc., is pausing to remember him.

In an editorial tribute published this morning, Downsize DC President, Jim Babka, who guest-hosted Harry's radio show during his final months, suggests that Mr. Browne would have had something unique and useful to say about things like the 2008 financial crisis, marijuana legalization, and Edward Snowden.

"Instead," Babka writes, "his voice is missing. We're poorer for it."

Harry Browne was the only two-time nominee of the Libertarian Party -- nominated for President both in 1996 and 2000. He was also the author of 13 books that sold more than two million copies, including three New York Times Bestsellers -- one of which went all the way to #1.

He continued to write regular columns and hosted two radio programs until the last year of his life.

Babka recalls the issue that animated him most in the final years of his career -- war and U.S. foreign policy…

The day after 9/11, Harry Browne wrote his most republished column ever: "When Will We Learn?" It was translated into other languages. It caused quite a stir. Harry had been warning for years that U.S. foreign policy would lead to a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. 9/11 vindicated Harry's warning, and he wanted everyone to think about the real causes of those attacks. The response to that column led to more than a dozen follow-up editorials. He also inspired and contributed to, a website that debunked the Bush Administration's claims about Iraq before the 2003 war. And he started but didn't quite finish a book, "The War Racket."

His widow, Pamela, has made that book and other previously unpublished works available at Browne was 72 years old.

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