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Gary North (1942-2022) R.I.P.

I am sorry to have to report the death of another old friend, Gary North, who passed away a few days after his eightieth birthday. He was by training an economic historian and had a strong commitment to Austrian economics. He greatly admired Mises and Rothbard. He once asked Mises how he had been able to publish his famous article of 1920 on socialist calculation in a journal edited by Max Weber. Mises answered, “Well, I knew him, and I sent it in.” Gary wrote a notable study of Marx, Marx’s Religion of Revolution and a long and learned commentary on Biblical economics.  He was also a founder of the Christian Reconstruction movement, along with his father-in-law, R.J. Rushdoony.

He was on Ron Paul’s staff in 1976 and he and Dr. Paul were close friends. For many years, he spoke at Mises Institute conferences, and he was the best debater I have ever heard. In his speaking style, he was highly organized and relentless; but he was in conversation kind and friendly. When I saw him at conferences, we would exchange stories of the old days, Now, alas, I cannot do that anymore

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4:28 pm on February 26, 2022