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Joe Overton, Rip

Joe Overton of the Mackinac Center has died in a plane crash. With Larry Reed, he helped create what is widely considered the country’s finest state-level think thank (in Michigan). Joe married his wife Helen only a few months ago. Here’s the toast Reed offered them at the wedding. Freedom has lost one of its great friends.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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