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Joseph Sobran, 1946-2010

September 30, 2010 by

We received the sad news today that Joseph Sobran, always a good friend to libertarianism and the Mises Institute, has died. He was surely one of the great stylists of the 20th century and a wonderfully inventive thinker – a man who loved liberty with his whole heart and worked desperately to explain its principles to others even as he never stopped refining his own understanding of the idea. He wrote for The Free Market and spoken several times at Mises Institute events.

If you do not know his work, sample this gem on how to teach your children about government. His prose always had an inevitable quality about it, a sense of ease and beauty that appears simple until you attempt to imitate it. He almost always said things more clearly and creatively than anyone else could say them.

I knew him well years ago, and I can say of him what was often said about Oscar Wilde: this was a man “without a malicious bone in his body.” Many people loved him dearly and for good reason. My prediction is that his literary legacy will endure long past that of most of his contemporaries. May his soul rest in peace.


Samuel Wonacott September 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm

A sad day. I’ve always enjoyed reading his articles.
His article entitled “The Reluctant Anarchist” is one of the most enjoyable explanations of anarchism I have ever read. (http://www.sobran.com/reluctant.shtml)


Benjamin Marks October 1, 2010 at 2:40 am

He was a quality writer. His prose was always fresh, as though he was only just discovering what most of his readers were. Writers like Mencken, Nock and Sobran keep libertarianism novel and exciting, even if they are not (always) making new discoveries/connections/applications. Another of my favourite Sobran articles to the two mentioned by Tucker and Wonacott above is: http://www.sobran.com/articles/taxationages.shtml . More of Sobran is nicely archived at that site.

J. Murray October 1, 2010 at 6:02 am

I remember a comedian (name escapes me) from the Blue Collar channel on Sirius that had a stand-up routine involving Halloween candy that was like Mr. Sobran’s article. The stand-up also added taking away 15% of the candy and put it in a jar for when he gets older, but lets Grandpa eat the candy and explains to Jr. that when he gets older, he’ll have grandkids to fill the candy jar. It ends with Jr. staying at home the following year raiding the candy bowl at the door, calling it welfare. I wonder how much Mr. Sobran influenced that comedian.

Kathryn October 1, 2010 at 6:54 am

That is so horrible that Joseph Sobran died. He will be greatly missed by many people. I really enjoyed the way he wrote and thought. He was a very intelligent man. His family will be in my prayers!

Rick October 1, 2010 at 7:45 am

Sad news. He was a great man. I hope Jeff Riggenbach does a Libertarian Tradition podcast on Sobran soon.

Reflex October 9, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Unlikely. If done rigorously, it would have repercussions.

Jordan Viray October 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm

As one of the few writers in contemporary Traditional Catholic circles who understood government and economics (as opposed to the Distributist nonsense gaining ground in that milieu), Mr. Sobran will be sorely missed. His monthly column in Catholic Family News was one of the best things about that paper. Rest in Peace.

newson October 7, 2010 at 11:42 pm
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