Friday, June 11, 2004


I find it more than a little amazing that there is no full-fledged biography of this great libertarian. His influence has been great, but little-studied. His consistency during invasions of civil liberties (such as the incarceration of Japanese-Americans during WWII), his strident opposition to public school education (his frequently quoted “21 Ways.. is below), and his advocacy of individual rights has no match in the newspaper business.

Now that the spat between his children and heirs over control of the Freedom Newspapers is more or less over (I’ll let you google that), perhaps we can now look at Hoiles’ influence. I was introduced to his son, Harry Hoiles, by Bob LeFevre and enjoyed discussing matters with him, ideological and otherwise. As Bob mentioned to me, Harry was his father's ideological child as well as his biological.

Here are some online articles on RC:
one by Carl Watner
and some others--1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.

Freedom Newspapers now has a website dedicated to RC Hoiles and a humorous commentary about the website is here
Hoiles’ “Unlimited Voluntary Exchanges
21 Ways “Public Schools” Harm Your Children
another version of “21 Ways…” with added commentary by Russell Bingman
CLASSical Liberalism


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