Monday, August 27, 2007

Aaron Russo, RIP

Aaron Russo, filmmaker and relatively radical libertarian, has died, last Friday night of cancer, at the age of 64. Here's a small tribute to him in the form of writer Anthony Gregory's endorsement of him as Libertarian Party presidential candidate in 2004. He promoted rock acts including Janis Joplin, managed Bette Midler for a while, and produced films like "The Rose" and "Trading Places." Last year he made a film on the IRS, "America: Freedom to Fascism," which was quite effective but never seemed to make quite the splash it deserved to make, and seemed to to be devoting most of his resources to the struggle for liberty. I think I met him once years ago but didn't really know him. I think that's my loss. He'll be missed.

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