A Birthday Celebration for Thomas Szasz
The Reason Foundation held a small 85th birthday celebration for Thomas Szasz on April 15 at the I Ricchi restaurant in Washington D.C. It was a wonderful evening. (Unfortunately, Tom was unable to travel to Washington.) Tributes to Tom were given by Reason magazine editor Nick Gillespie, columnist and Szasz award winner Jacob Sullum, Cato Institute President Ed Crane, Norm Singleton on behalf of Representative Ron Paul, Jeff Schaler, and me. Andrea Rich, former owner of Laissez Faire Books, presented Tom a crystal flame inscribed with Thomas Jefferson's words: "I have sworn on the altar of god, eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man." (Ironically, this is from a letter to Benjamin Rush.)
The remarks and photos are online here.