Harry Browne

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Harry Browne (June 17, 1933 – March 1, 2006) was an American libertarian writer, politician, and free-market investment analyst. He ran for President of the United States as the nominee of the Libertarian Party in 1996 and 2000.


Early life and writing career

Harry Browne was born in New York City to Cecil Margaret and Edson Bradford Browne, and resided in Franklin, Tennessee, at the time of his death. Following graduation from high school, Browne was drafted into the United States Army, where he served for five years.

Browne worked as an investment adviser for much of his life. He came to prominence in 1970 with his first book, How You Can Profit From The Coming Devaluation, which correctly predicted the devaluation of the dollar and subsequent inflation. Browne's second book was 1973's How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World, which focused on maximizing personal liberty. This book became an instant classic in some libertarian circles. Some politically active libertarians, though, objected to his attitude of non-participation in politics, an attitude he himself changed later. You Can Profit from a Monetary Crisis was Browne's third book and reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He continued to author books and articles on investing through the late 1990s and hosted an Internet radio call-in show. In all, Browne wrote 13 books and sold 2 million copies of his books.

Browne's books are popular with libertarians, "hard money" proponents, and survivalists.[1]

More than just a political and economic mind, Harry also authored books and gave lectures on actively living a Libertarian lifestyle. His book How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World gives a detailed explanation of how one can bring Libertarian concepts to every aspect of their life. His posthumously released lecture series "Rule Your World" puts these ideas in lecture format.

He advises people to structure their lives in a way that allows them freedom from social, economic, moral, and psychological entanglements. In the social sphere he teaches about what he calls the "identity trap" in which a person expects of others and themselves what is not in their nature. Instead, he teaches how one should recognize one's nature and the nature of others, and then maximize the benefit that is there in reality, rather than wasting one's life trying to change oneself and others.

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