Chris R. Tame, Obituary from The Liverpool Daily Post, 24th March 2006

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Chris R. Tame, 1949-2006
Obituary from The Daily Post,
Liverpool, 24th March 2006
(Prepared by Anon)

HIS passion was challenging the bossiness which he feared was spreading around our country like bindweed.

His enemies were those who restricted the freedom of the individual and he felt that England was becoming a country of serfs constantly under surveillance.

So he was dedicated to harassing poke-noses, petty officials, government itself and the tyranny of powerful corporations.

The individual had a tiny voice against such foes, but he was dedicated to being heard or read. Pamphlets on injustice flowed from his pen.

But the fact that his name is unknown to so many is a measure of the mountainous difficulties he faced hoisting the flag of freedom in a land dominated by yes men, women and their masters.

Chris R Tame was not in the conventional sense left or right wing, disliking nationalised industries, but recognising the evils in the private conglomerates which replaced them.

But he was delighted that the Libertarian Alliance, which he founded more than 30 years ago, could be introduced to radio and TV discussions without an introductory explanation.

Tame graduated in American studies from Hull University.

Although he had worked for the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Association of Freedom, Tame was nourished by the earlier voices of liberalism, such as Adam Smith and Herbert Spencer.

As an energetic organiser, he was director of the Libertarian Alliance and then its president.

His publications included Taxation is Theft (1979) and he was working on the seven-volume Bibliography of Freedom at the time of his death from aggressive bone cancer.

From 1988 to 95, he was director of the Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking and he was the manager of the Alternative Bookshop in London between 1979 and 85.

In 2001, he wrote a vigorous introduction to Dispatches from a Dying Country: Reflections of Modern England by Sean Gabb, in which he damned the "parasitic class of politicians, administrators, lawyers, experts, media people and state employees constructing a new order on a trumped-up basis of post-socialist corporatism and politically correct pieties.

Christopher Ronald Tame, libertarian.