Monday, December 30, 2019

Butler Shaffer, RIP

Butler Shaffer
Daniel McAdams informs that the great libertarian Butler Shaffer passed away Sunday afternoon.

Shaffer was a member of the Ron Paul Institute Advisory Board and Professor Emeritus at Southwestern University School of Law.

Among many books, he authored "In Restraint of Trade: The Business Campaign Against Competition," "1918–1938 and Boundaries of Order"  and "The Wizards of Ozymandias: Reflections on the Decline & Fall."

When a new Shaffer essay appeared at, I considered it a must read.

In April of this year, Shaffer wrote an obituary following the death of Ruth Schisler, what he wrote about her surely applies to him:
"Memories of Ruth’s probing questions, and the laughter with which she responded to the collective madness of those who deserved no more than derision, will continue to play out in my mind. She and Charlie continue to remind me of the creative, peaceful, and rational qualities that forever reside only within the free spirits of individuals."



  1. An articulate libertarian legal scholar. He will be missed.

  2. Been awhile since I read his work but I sure did enjoy his stuff when I had more time to read. Sad to hear this news.

  3. Mr. Shaffer was one of the clearest thinkers on the matter of natural rights and individual liberty.
    I was privilege to have engaged him in an extended email dialogue years ago.
    His passing is a great loss to those of us who champion uncompromising self-rule.