Freeman

ANYTHING PEACEFUL

In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

President Lawrence W. Reed pays tribute to a central figure in the Liberty Movement

JULY 23, 2014 by LAWRENCE W. REED

John Blundell’s name deserves to be honored and remembered for a very long time.

He played an indisputably crucial role in the effectiveness of the Institute of Economic Affairs during the Thatcher years. He was a beacon for liberty across four decades at the helm of IEA and other leading organizations around the world. Everyone consulted him; everyone learned from him. Liberty animated him.

I remember how proud I was of him as he led the largest gathering ever of the Mont Pelerin Society, which he chaired in 2002 in London at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Center. That meeting was as much a tribute to John as it was to the Society itself. Like so many people on every continent, I will miss him greatly.
 

- Lawrence W. Reed

 

ABOUT

LAWRENCE W. REED

Lawrence W. (“Larry”) Reed became president of FEE in 2008 after serving as chairman of its board of trustees in the 1990s and both writing and speaking for FEE since the late 1970s. Prior to becoming FEE’s president, he served for 20 years as president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy in Midland, Michigan. He also taught economics full-time from 1977 to 1984 at Northwood University in Michigan and chaired its department of economics from 1982 to 1984.

comments powered by Disqus

EMAIL UPDATES

* indicates required
Sign me up for...

CURRENT ISSUE

September 2014

For centuries, hierarchical models dominated human organizations. Kings, warlords, and emperors could rally groups--but also oppress them. Non-hierarchical forms of organization, though, are increasingly defining our lives. It's no secret how this shift has benefited our social lives, including dating, and it's becoming more commonplace even in the corporate world. But it has also now come even to organizations bent on domination rather than human flourishing, as the Islamic State shows. If even destructive groups rely on this form of entrepreneurial organization, then hierarchy's time could truly be coming to an end.
Download Free PDF

PAST ISSUES

SUBSCRIBE

RENEW YOUR SUBSCRIPTION