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Ralph Raico, 1936-2016

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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.

Alberto Mingardi remembers Ralph here [2].  And David Henderson does so here [3].

Here is Sheldon Richman’s remembrance of Ralph [4].  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 [5] – for Ralph’s always-enlightening talks.