“Voluntary association produces the free market — where each person can choose among a multitude of possibilities.”
Harry Browne (June 17, 1933 – March 1, 2006) was an American writer, politician, and investment analyst. He was the Libertarian Party’s Presidential nominee in the U.S. elections of 1996 and 2000. He is the author of 12 books that in total have sold more than 2 million copies.
Browne made a living as an advertising and sales executive in the 1960s, a career he eventually gave up in order to devote himself full-time to the “Americanist” cause. Tired of hearing complaints about the press, he set to work to do something positive. He believed that the newspapers of America would willingly buy material promoting the American way of life. So in 1961 he took on the proprietorship of American Way Features, Inc., a newspaper feature service, and as managing editor inaugurated a plan to turn the service from a subsidized program into a profit-making service. It sold “Americanist” features, in competition with all the recognized syndicates. His own column, The American Way, appeared in over 200 newspapers throughout America.
In the summer of 1962, Browne was named the advertising manager for the Liberty Amendment Committee’s bimonthly publication American Progress for Economic Freedom. In October he was named associate editor, and in November he was the editor. The following Spring the magazine was renamed Freedom Magazine, and Browne continued as its editor until February 1964 when he turned his full-time attention to the American Way Features, Inc.
Also in the 1960s, Browne taught courses such as: The Economics of Freedom, The Tools of Success, Tools of the Market, The Economics of Success, and The Art of Profitable Living. Browne was an investment advisor for much of his life.
Browne published his first book, How You Can Profit From The Coming Devaluation, in 1970. Browne’s second book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, was published in 1973. You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis was Browne’s third book. He continued to write and publish books including his personal finance book, Fail-Safe Investing: Lifelong Financial Security in 30 Minutes, published in 2001. According to Browne’s web site, he was a consultant to the Permanent Portfolio Fund which utilizes some of the investment strategies described in his book, Fail-Safe Investing. Browne also authored books and gave lectures on actively living a Libertarian lifestyle. His book How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World gave a detailed explanation of how one can bring Libertarian concepts to every aspect of your life. His posthumously released 1960s lecture series, “The Art of Profitable Living,” was released as a 20-CD album titled, “Rule Your World.”
On March 1, 2006 Browne died of Lou Gehrig’s disease disease at his home in Franklin, Tennessee. He was 72 years old. Later that month Browne was eulogized by U.S. Congressman Ron Paul.