I first met Dr. John Tanton at a Writers’ Workshop, then again in Denver about 2006. Somehow I made a decent impression, and I ended up doing technical consulting for The Social Contract. I didn’t know John very well personally, but my discussions with him over the years led me to immensely respect his intellect and ethic. He was a visionary — inquisitive, honest, and steadfastly determined to address important societal issues.
John was incredibly effective. He singlehandedly established the modern immigration sanity movement. In accordance with rule 13 of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, John became the target of incessant personal attacks by leftist Marxists. Yet he continued his important work apparently unaffected by his mindless critics. John said in an interview, “If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Good advice for all of us who will carry on in John’s absence.