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Andrea Rich, RIP

I have just learned that yesterday, August 1, 2018, my friend Andrea Rich, who operated Laissez-Faire Books for years, and was one of the libertarian movement's greatest champions, passed away, after a nineteen-year battle with lung cancer. It is with great sadness that I report on this passing, as Andrea was one of the kindest, most generous and supportive friends I've ever known.

Doubtless, much will be written about her indefatigable work on behalf of liberty, but I had the opportunity to discover another aspect of her multifaceted, wonderful personality: The gal really knew how to throw a party!

Back in the fall of 1995, with the near simultaneous publication of the first two volumes of my "Dialectics and Liberty Trilogy," (Marx, Hayek, and Utopia and Ayn Rand: The Russian Radical), Andrea threw a classy and truly enjoyable book party for me, bringing together more than 50 folks from all walks of life, ranging from my many libertarian friends and colleagues to my Marxist mentor Bertell Ollman. The party took place in her glorious apartment in the heart of Greenwich Village, where one could see the glittering lights of the Empire State Building to the North and the staggering brilliance of The Twin Towers to the South.

We had a ball that night and it was only one of the many generous and supportive things she did for me over these many decades. I will always cherish my friendship with her and I will miss her, especially for kindness and her vitality.

I send my deepest condolences to her husband Howard Rich and her many friends and family; a community of liberty grieves with them.