Very sad news: historian Ralph Raico has died. Ralph’s name is one of the first that I encountered when, as an 18-year-old college student in the mid-1970s, I was introduced to classical liberal and libertarian literature. I eventually got to know Ralph personally. I unfailingly enjoyed his quick wit and penetrating intellect.
Here is Sheldon Richman’s remembrance of Ralph. This 1983 video in Sheldon’s post gives a true and wonderful flavor of Ralph’s engaging lecture style, always accompanied by deep insight.
I also like this lecture that Ralph delivered in Sweden (sometime, I guess, in the mid to late 1980s):
Watching these videos brings back very fond memories of my being, as a student, in many audiences – often at events sponsored by the Institute for Humane Studies – for Ralph’s always-enlightening talks.