Wednesday, November 28, 2007

R.C. Hoiles as activist

Here's a link to the editorial the Register ran on what we call Founders Day, celebrating R.C. Hoiles's (founder of Freedom Communications) birthday. I heard the old man (he would have been almost 90) speak at a conference in 1969 or so but never met him. He must have been a cantankerous sort, but people who knew him well loved him. Anyway, the help he gave to a virtually moribund freedom movement in the 1940s, publishing Albert Jay Nock, Isabel Paterson, Ayn Rand, Rose Wilder Lane, Frank Chodorov and others, as well as kicking in seed money top start the Foundation for Economic Education and the Institute for Humane Studies, had, I thought, been too little appreciated.

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