Fisher, Antony (1915–1988)

Sir Antony Fisher, British philanthropist, launched an international network of independent, public policy think tanks to disseminate and popularize the ideas of liberty—the rule of law, free markets, property rights, individual responsibility, and limited government.

Born in London, Fisher served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force during World War II. After the war, his odyssey in the world of ideas developed upon reading the condensed version of The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich Hayek. It crystallized Fisher's fears that the very freedoms he sought to protect in the war were increasingly at risk from growing support for collectivism. Fisher visited Hayek and shared his plans to enter politics. Instead, Hayek challenged him to find a way to change the long-term climate of opinion.

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