Investment author, Libertarian Party presidential candidate 1996 and 2000
Harry Browne

Harry Edson Browne (17 June 1933 – 1 March 2006) was an American writer, politician and investment advisor. He was the Libertarian Party's Presidential nominee in the U.S. elections of 1996 and 2000. He is the author of 12 books that in total have sold more than 2 million copies.

Home Page

Harry Browne
Includes a short biography, articles on a large variety of topics, a photo gallery and more

Radio Show

The Libertarian Conversation
Archives from Jan 2004 to Nov 2005; originally on the Genesis Network, Saturday 10pm-12am ET
The Money Show
Archives from Aug 2004 to Nov 2005; originally on the Genesis Network, Sunday 4pm-5pm ET

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17 Jun 1933, Harry Edson Browne, in New York City


1 Mar 2006, in Franklin, Tennessee


About Harry Edson Browne
"Browne was a successful investment advisor for 30 years. He was unknown in the investment world when his first book, How You Can Profit from the Coming Devaluation, was published in 1970. Recognizing the disastrous monetary policy of the U.S. government, he warned that the dollar would be devalued, inflation could be severe, and gold, silver, and foreign currencies should skyrocket in value."
Laissez Faire Books
"... Browne (b. 1933) has shown how individuals can achieve more liberty despite government restrictions and our own self-doubts. His 1973 book, How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, provided specific advice for a wide range of issues. Why Government Doesn't Work (1985) identifies reasons why government programs are doomed to failure, and it spells out a program for specific, radical reform."


Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors
American Liberty Foundation, Co-founder, Director of Public Policy
Eris Society

Web Pages

Advocates for Self-Government - Libertarian Education: Harry Browne - Libertarian
Biography, photo, quotes and link to a memorial page with comments from David Nolan, Ron Paul, Penn Jillette and many others
"In 1973 he published How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, a self-help book that shows individuals how to take responsibility for their own lives. Many people consider the book to be a modern classic and it remains in demand almost three decades after its first publication."
Libertarian Party: Campaign 2000: Presidential Campaign: Browne/Olivier
"The 2000 election campaign was an exciting time for the Libertarian Party. Harry Browne and Art Olivier were nominated as our presidential and vice-presidential candidates during the July 4th weekend, at our national convention in Anaheim, CA. The Browne-Olivier ticket received 382,892 popular votes, and the LP made the ballot in all 50 states (plus DC) for the third consecutive election."
Related Topic: Libertarian Party
Libertarian Party: History: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates
Includes photos of both candidates
"1996: Browne/Jorgensen
Presidential Candidate: Harry Browne
Vice Presidential Candidate: Jo Jorgensen
On the ballot: 50 states plus D.C.
Votes: 485,120"
Related Topic: Libertarian Party


Harry Browne's Journal
Posthumous entries from 1 Mar 2006 to 1 Mar 2011
"This Journal provides information regarding Harry Browne's life and work. Entries were added periodically by his widow, Pamela Wolfe Browne ..."


Harry Browne, RIP, by Lew Rockwell, 3 Mar 2006
Discusses the impact and influence of Browne's first book, his involvement in Libertarian politics in the 1990s and his outspokenness after 9-11
"... Harry Browne ... was a man of great principle who courageously and consistently stood up for liberty even when his position clashed with mainstream political culture and public opinion. ... He changed minds, and stuck to principle the whole time. Harry was not tempted to sell out his message for the sake of more votes. He didn't trim or compromise."
Libertarian Party Mourns the Loss of Beloved Candidate, Author, and Friend: Harry Browne Dies at Age 72, 2 Mar 2006
Libertarian Party press release
"A well-known inspirational speaker and writer, Harry was the author of 12 books that sold more than 2 million copies. ... During Harry Browne's campaigns, he made appearances in almost every state and was credited with over 1,000 media appearances. He was often praised by the media, and won the endorsements of multiple talk-show hosts and journalists."
Personal 'Freedom': Review of Harry Browne's How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World [PDF], by Roy Childs, The Libertarian Forum, Apr 1973
While admitting that the book has many valuable insights, Childs chastises Browne on his definition of freedom and his views on morality and natural rights
"... it is considerably easier — if one is so inclined — to drop out of the State if one is, like Browne, a best-selling free lance author than if, like most of us, one must work in some regular and visible capacity. ... this is Harry Browne's ... personal philosophy of life. Like all books of that sort, it is a mixture of brilliant insights and shallow sophisms. At the outset, it should be stated that Browne is at his best giving certain types of concrete advice concerning what he calls 'how you can be free'; he is at his worst when he attempts to theorize about things, and to place them in a wide semi-theoretical context."
Related Topics: Ethics, Liberty, Politics, Rights


A Forgotten Day & a Forgotten Country, 28 Oct 2003
Reflections on the United States of 1886, when the Statue of Liberty was unveiled, and the current (2003) state
"You're probably aware that the Statue wasn't built in America. ... Foreigners were grateful for America's liberty, because the very existence of such a country as ours meant that someday they might be able to have the same peace and liberty in their own countries. Today, 117 years later, that America doesn't exist anymore — even though politicians love to talk about 'our freedoms.'"
Related Topic: Statue of Liberty
America, meet your leaders, WorldNetDaily, 19 Sep 2002
Discusses the attitudes of George W. Bush and the pundits who agitated for the 2003 invasion of Iraq and the lies that were told to start previous wars
"In his quest to go to war, the president is supported by writers and commentators who never saw a war they didn't like. That may be because they never have to go to war themselves – they just send others to their deaths. To these people, the object isn't a democratic Iraq or U.S. security. The object is war. The goal isn't peace in the Middle East or removing dangerous weapons. The goal is war. The warmongers demonstrate that war is the purpose of it all by the way they promote it."
Related Topic: War
In Praise of the Libertarian Party, 4 Jun 2004
Discusses the obstacles (campaign finance limits, debate rules, etc.) faced by the Libertarian Party as well as the benefits of the LP presidential campaign
"[The Libertarian Party candidate] can promote name recognition for the word 'Libertarian,' so that millions of Americans realize that there are people trying to get the government out of our lives. This should be the major purpose of any Libertarian political campaign. By labeling specific proposals as 'Libertarian,' the candidate is telling hundreds of thousands of people that there's a party, a movement, a particular group of people offering to free you from the tired big-government proposals they hear from the Democrats and Republicans."
Related Topic: Libertarian Party
What the Martha Stewart Case Means to You, 5 Mar 2004
Examines the charges in the Martha Stewart insider trading case, and juror and prosecutor comments after the guilty verdict
"So the main thrust of the case against Martha Stewart rested on the testimony of a man who changed his story in order to free himself from the wrath of the United States Government. ... So here we are in modern America — a place where anyone can be charged with anything. And if there's no law against what you've done, the prosecutor can call it 'conspiracy,' 'obstruction of justice,' or 'lying to investigators' because you claimed to be innocent."
Related Topic: Rule of Law


Harry Browne Interview, by Harry Browne, Scott Horton, The Weekend Interview Show with Scott Horton, 6 Nov 2004
"Scott talks with Harry Browne about war, campaign regulations and subsidies, the value of Libertarian Presidential campaigns, radio regulation, the Statue of Liberty, and a vision of a libertarian society."

Books Authored

Fail-Safe Investing: Lifelong Financial Security in 30 Minutes, 1999
How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty, 1973
Partial contents: I-Why You Are Not Free - The Identity Trap - The Government Trap - II-How You Can Be Free - Freedom from Government - Freedom from Social Restrictions - III-A New Life - Who Are You? - Your Own Morality - A Fresh Start - Making Changes
Related Topic: Individual Liberty
The Great Libertarian Offer, 2000
Partial contents: A Libertarian America - How Government Operates - Do You Want Freedom or Symbolism? - Free from the Income Tax - Freedom to Make Your Own Choices - Freedom from War - Freedom to Learn - The Libertarian Path - Liberty in Your Lifetime
Related Topic: Libertarianism
Why Government Doesn't Work: How Reducing Government Will Bring Us Safer Cities, Better Schools, Lower Taxes, More Freedom and Prosperity for All, 1995
Partial contents: Ooops! Why Government Programs Always Go Astray - If You Were King (The Dictator Syndrome) - How Freedom Was Lost - How Much Freedom Is Left? - Fixing America's Problems - Do We Really Want Government to Protect Family Values?
Related Topic: Government

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