Each November, in New York City, Jon Utley and I have shared a meal. We also invited a younger person, or two, to join our conversation.
Jon and I mutually identified ourselves, many years ago, as Libertarian Survivors. Both of us were bruised and battered from many vigorous confrontations with the bureaucratic battalions.
During the other months of the year I looked forward to the occasional email when Jon sent me various items that “may be of interest”. My younger dinner guests, and I, will still continue to enjoy our complimentary subscription to The American Conservative which continues as a fine journal and a tribute to Jon’s role as publisher.
When I heard of Jon’s passing, I felt that my life had been diminished. Jon, by his words and actions over many years was widely acknowledged as one of our Real Heroes of Liberty. I will certainly miss Jon Utley and now I can only wonder about his wise commentary on the current Coronavirus Crisis.
Meanwhile, Doug Bandow has published a moving tribute to Jon Utley here.