November 18, 2014 Print

Four months after shocking news of John Blundell’s passing, friends of liberty were able to celebrate his life and legacy at Atlas Network’s 2014 Liberty Forum.  

John’s widow Christine was joined in the audience by hundreds of others whose lives were touched by one of the liberty movement’s most beloved leaders. Special remarks were given by:

  • Mark Littlewood, John’s successor as General Director of the Institute of Economic Affairs;
  • Warren Lammert, a member of our Atlas Advisory Council who encountered John when Warren was a student going through programs at the Institute for Humane Studies; 
  • Marty Zupan, President and CEO of the Institute for Humane Studies; 
  • James Tooley of the E.G. West Centre, whose book The Beautiful Tree was praised by John as one of the five best policy books of the past five decades; and
  • Eamonn Butler, Director of the Adam Smith Institute, who grew up with John and worked with him over decades as a friend and collaborator.      

Atlas Network CEO Brad Lips served as Master of Ceremonies for the proceedings, wearing John’s famous “fancy waistcoat” in his honor. Attendees at the event received copies of a John Blundell Reader, as well as his Waging the War of Ideas book, published by Institute of Economic Affairs. An excerpt was shown of an Acton Institute video memorial to John as well.  

The evening concluded with the announcement of the winner of Atlas’s Elevator Pitch competition, which John had held up as his favorite part of the annual Atlas Network Liberty Forum. The winning prize for 2014 – renamed the John Blundell Elevator Competition Award – went to Jonathan Isaby from The TaxpPayers’ Alliance.