Skip to comments.Valley Libertarian crusader Marshall W. Fritz dead at 65
Posted on 11/09/2008 10:21:10 AM PST by logician2u
Valley Libertarian crusader Marshall W. Fritz dead at 65
By Vanessa Colón / The Fresno Bee
Marshall William Fritz, an icon of the Libertarian movement who opposed state-run schools, once ran for Congress and created a widely circulated political quiz, died of pancreatic cancer Tuesday in Fresno.
Mr. Fritz, 65, a writer and adventurer, began his political life as a liberal in the 1960s but shifted to libertarianism in the 1970s and clung to it to the very end.
He established Advocates for Self-Government in 1984, now based in Georgia, to promote Libertarian ideals. He also established the now-defunct Pioneer Christian Academy, a kindergarten-to-12thgrade school that challenged the existing educational system.
In 1994, he founded the Alliance for the Separation of School and State, a group that encouraged parents to pull their children out of public schools and educate them at home or in private schools. At his death, he was board chairman.
Fritz was active in the Christian Businessmen's Committee, Serra Club, Toastmasters, a nonprofit that hones communication and leadership skills, and Overeaters Anonymous, a group that focused on eating habits. Fritz volunteered at a homeless shelter and coached youth soccer.
He was the publisher of two newspapers, The Educational Liberator and The School Liberator.
One of the biggest issues he opposed was allowing government to run public schools.
Fritz is survived by his wife of 44 years, Joan Fritz; his son, Eugene Fritz of Calwa; his three daughters and their husbands, Susan and Christopher Bethea of Clovis, Lucie and Tony Ruiz of Fresno and Ann and Kyle McKenna of Pittsburgh; 12 grandchildren; and his brother, Russell Fritz of Baja California, Mexico.
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One courageous crusader for the right of parents to guide their children's education without state interference.
I received a phone call from Marshall a couple of weeks ago, saying goodbye. An unbelievably great man. He saw “the problem” at its root—that shortly after the beginning of the Republic, its enemies got to work destroying it, by the most effective means possible: the State-run school.
“Government schools cannot be fixed, because they are not broken. They are doing exactly what they were designed to do.”
That is, undermine the family, Christianity, and the Republic.
RIP, Marshall Fritz.
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No worries! Thanks for posting this.
The Worlds Smallest Political Quiz:
I only had one meeting with him, back in the dark days of the Clinton era when I thought vouchers were the best route to follow.
Thanks to Marshall, I know better now.
“He wisely advised that “Sunday School, Monday SchoolNeither is the Business of Government.” He wrote, “some people think that the American “public school system” is broken so they try to fix it. The truth is that public schooling is not broken. Rather, it is succeeding in its main objectivestrengthening government by undermining parents...” Lisa Snell Reason Mag.
He was a great man. He died on election day, November 4. Rest in Peace.
I took the quiz and no surprise, I am a Libertarian.
I am proud to say that I also knew Marshall Fritz.
In addition to everything else, he gave great bear hugs!
Couldn't be. After all, they're all loserdopertarians, closet commies, and voted for Obama </sarcasm>
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