Ron Paul: Tribute To William N. Grigg

Last week, the Liberty movement lost one of its most eloquent and courageous voices when William Grigg passed away at the far too young age of 54. William worked as a writer for The New American from 1993-2005, and was a contributor to LewRockwell.com and Antiwar.com. He also published many important articles at his Pro Liberate blog. In October 2016, William helped found The Libertarian Institute, and served as the Institute’s managing editor from its founding until his passing.

While he wrote on a variety of topics, William is best known for his writings on police brutality and police militarization. Years before modern police practices became a focus of national debate, Will was exposing how the rights—including the right to life—of innocent Americas are too often collateral damage in the war on drugs and terrorism. The liberty movement’s focus on this issue owes much to the work of Will Grigg.

What made Will so effective was that he took the time to gather the facts behind each case that he wrote about, often traveling at his own expense to interview his subjects. He then combined this mastery of detail with a powerful critique of the policies used to justify the transformation of America from a Republic to a Welfare-Warfare-Police State.

Unlike many who write on these issues, including some libertarians, Will never avoided discussing how racial minorities bear the brunt of modern police state policies. However, he never pretended that police brutality was solely a minority issue. He would not ignore certain incidents because the victim’s race did not fit the preferred narrative.

My wife Carol, myself, and all of us at Campaign for Liberty, the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity, and The Ron Paul Liberty Report join Will’s many friends in sending our best wishes and prayers to his wife, Korrin, and his six children. I also join libertarians across the country in expressing gratitude for the example that Will set in how one can combine old-fashioned investigative reporting and a passionate commitment to freedom to make a real difference in the movement to reclaim our liberties.

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  • Marcus Aurelius Tarkus

    Will Grigg dead at 54. David Rockefeller, at 101. Not fair.

    • Luchorpan

      I suspect it’s because writers are so sedentary!

      Get moving!

      • John Ellis

        When the average American diet is 50% fat, when this clogs up every internal organ in the body, surely lack of exercise has nothing to do with 95% of all the illness that is unique our Empire.

        • Luchorpan

          I say this politely:

          Fat isn’t necessarily so unhealthy, and some fats are better than others. Grass-fed beef is much healthier than corn-fed, for example. An Inuit consuming large amounts of whale meat and whale blubber isn’t eating so unhealthily.

          Transfats are supposed to be very unhealthy. Also preservatives are bad.

          Processed carbs (and sugars) are often what’s so terrible. I have no trouble losing weight if I ever find I’ve put on a few pounds, and any weight gain is always from too many calories.

          Sedentary lifestyle is said to be the new tobacco. Americans are very sedentary, but there’s a trend now towards things like standing desks, which is an improvement.

          And we’re encouraged to eat more potassium rich foods like bananas, less salt.

    • Bayou Boogie

      You can add Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, George W Bush, Bill Kristol, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, et al, to that list.

  • STFB

    He ranked in the top tier of my all time favorites = This is so wrong…at 54

  • RJ O’Guillory

    ….his writing got your attention…RIP
    RJ O’Guillory

  • Mike Gallucci

    Will Grigg (and Ron Paul and Will Jasper) put my mind in the right direction some 25 years ago, and it said there (though some might disagree). Very important part of my life. Respect

    • John Ellis

      Root cause of crime and terrorism being your upper-half of society hoarding all the land and wealth, please do explain your logic?

  • John Ellis

    Not once did Will Grigg or any libertarian mention that the 1,100 each year that are gunned down by killer-cops are virtually all impoverished laboring men.

    Not once did Will Grigg or any libertarian mention that virtually all of the
    2.3 million inmates in the jails and prisons of Empire USA are poor laboring men.

    Not once did Will Grigg or any libertarian mention that their privileged upper-half of society, they being the 51% most greed driven and wealthy, that they own all of the land, wealth and political power in there expansion loving Empire USA.

    Not once did Will Grigg or any libertarian mention that if their privileged upper-half paid a living wage to my impoverished lower-half, that it would free the upper-half of the burden to give government charity.

    Such is hypocrisy, in an Empire void of compassion, pity or charity.

    • princeps1

      Would you provide some provenance to support that statement. Black criminality is rampant across socioeconomic barriers in this race although most of these committing crimes are terminally unemployable. No social skills, education, no concept of teamwork except on a court. All the things that go into running a successful business, these people lack. Pleas take your crocodile tears elsewhere. You’re going to continue to find a hostile audience here.

    • Just because you never actually bothered to read Will Grigg or any other libertarian, that doesn’t mean nobody else did.

    • Reporter

      You’re wrong, Will and myself had worked on a number of projects together. There is one large one that I am going to see through by myself. And note his passing and his Horne. By saying Will did not cover the numbers of police induced homicides of citizens, you are off in La La Land and have absolutely no merit in saying he didn’t cover such information. He did so in many different writing. You sir do not know Will Grigg, anything about him or what you’re talking about. You must be a cop who was on the receiving end of one of Will stories.