William Norman Grigg was the kindest, smartest, best educated and most eloquent American spokesman for the cause of liberty, on the radio or in print — ever.
But the poor guy was always broke, trying to hold together a giant family while writing freelance articles for a living after losing his last full-time job in 2006.
In late 2016, while I was lamenting the fact that my friend was having to host another personal fundraiser to get by, it finally dawned on me: we could do a thing together. Two hosts and writers working together equals something! And hey, I bet we can get Sheldon Richman too!
I only ever got to pay Will one time before he died in 2017. I’m not even sure if he knew.
I will never stop missing Will or his work.
I almost hung it up then. But Sheldon talked me out of it. We’ve got a great little thing going here, and we should not abandon it, he insisted. As sad as we were about Will passing, we were already starting to collect a great group of writers and podcast hosts, and carve out a real place for ourselves in the movement.
And so we have pushed on over the last five years. And we have begun to build one hell of a great organization.
In these crazy times, in the darkest depths of the American culture wars, we are doing our part to keep the focus on freedom, decentralization, anti-government and anti-imperial activism, and of course, sound, Austrian School economics.
Along with Sheldon, we have long-time libertarian heavy-hitters Laurie Calhoun and James Bovard, along with all our rising stars of the next generation.
We have got a hell of a lot of government to oppose and liberty to fight for in this new era.
Help keep the Institute going into the new year, and we will keep doing everything we can to honor the legacy of our hero Will Grigg.
We even have $20,000 worth of matching funds, so you can double your donation!
Thank you everyone, very much. Happy New Year.