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Mar 17, 2008 2:17 pm

Kenneth R. Gregg, RIP

A post by Jesse Walker this morning brought me the sad news that L and P blogger, Kenneth R. Gregg, passed away of congestive heart failure on Friday. He was dogged by more than his share of health problems and personal tragedies.

In the first year after L and P was launched, Ken made frequent comments on our posts. His observations were always thoughtful and showed considerable knowledge of history. I was so impressed that I asked him to be a permanent member.

Ken was initially reluctant. With characteristic modesty, he wondered whether he would be out of his element on an academically-oriented blog. Fortunately, he relented. It was very much our gain.

Until his recent health problems, Ken was one of the most active members of L and P. His posts centered on the forgotten contributions of past libertarians, but he also weighed in on other issues when he felt a need to speak out on injustices.

Although Ken was not a professor himself, nobody was his equal as a champion for academic freedom. If vulnerable professors and students, regardless of their views, needed help, Ken always took the time to make phone calls or send emails defending their free speech.

While I did not have the pleasure of meeting Ken, he was obviously a kind-hearted soul. I never heard anyone utter a negative word about him.

For a good sampling of Ken's posts, visit his own blog, CLASSical Liberalism.

His presence will be sorely missed here.

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Sheldon Richman - 3/18/2008

I didn't know Ken, but I was immediately drawn to his benevolence, intelligence, and knowledge. I'm sorry I never got to meet him. I'll miss him.

Keith Halderman - 3/17/2008

As I remember it, posts that preceded the "Just Ken" line were usually sensible and well worth reading. This is sad news.

David T. Beito - 3/17/2008

Modesty is right.

When he wrote "Just Ken," he really meant it.

Kevin Carson - 3/17/2008

Your account of Ken's unwarranted modesty about his intellectual qualifications just reinforces my impression of his utter decency. I joined SEK3's old Left Libertarian list in 2001, and was immediately struck by Ken's immense storehouse of knowlege on the early history of classical liberalism, and comparatively obscure sidelines and offshoots of the libertarian movement that most libertarians had never heard of. I got my first introduction to Thomas Hodgkin, which influenced me so heavily, from Ken's promotion of his works online.

More generally, if you search the archives of the original LeftLibertarian list for the name of any intellectual figure in 19th century liberalism, or in the many strands of 20th century geolibertarianism, you'll probably come up with a post ending in the familiar "Just Ken" byline.

Along with Shawn Wilbur, Roderick Long and George Smith, he was one of the "go to gang" on that list for historical knowledge.

The only online version of Part Two of Andrews' Science of Society, that I'm aware of at least, is also available at CLASSical Liberalism thanks to Ken.

I'm an agnostic, but I hope Ken's busy catching up on things now with two of his kids.

Aeon J. Skoble - 3/17/2008

That's a shame. As you say, he'll be missed.