December 10, 2005


(I posted this note about R.W. Bradford at AmSpecBlog, but I thought I should put it here, too.)

The founder of Liberty, where I was an editorial intern in 2002, has died. Read the tributes by Jesse Walker and Brian Doherty, who knew Bill longer than I did.

Working at Liberty was often terrible -- Doherty's line about it being "more like being manservant to a wealthy eccentric than a journalism intern" is dead on. And I did the job very poorly, ultimately quitting midway through my internship with an email. But the long conversations with Bill were well worth the experience. He was a walking encyclopedia of the internal wranglings within the libertarian movement; he knew everybody, and had their number. (Murray Rothbard did not invent libertarianism in his living room!) I'm very, very glad to have known him, and sad to hear that he's gone. My condolences especially to his wonderful wife Kathy.

Posted by John Tabin at December 10, 2005 07:14 PM

True. I did not know what I was getting into when I signed up. I just dreamed of working for a magazine not in DC. Despite the latrine duty, it was a pleasure to see this remarkable person, create this magazine out of the fortune he amassed. He was truly a self-made man. One of a kind.

Posted by: James Barnett at December 13, 2005 06:47 PM