Irwin Schiff is the father of Peter and Andrew Schiff. Many know Peter for his libertarian activism, his brokerage Europac, his prediction of the housing bubble and his bank, Europac Bank which I have a link for up in my menu bar.
Irwin Schiff died על קידוש השם ממש, he died as a martyr for the cause of liberty. He was a Polish born Jew who escaped the Holocaust, thank God. He was arrested for not paying income taxes because he refused to do so. He was arrested in 2005 for tax evasion, serving a 13 year sentence. He died after 10.
I remember hearing Peter talk about his father’s influence on him, and how he introduced Peter to real economics and liberty. Peter’s most popular book, How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes, is a wonderful introduction to real sound economics from the ground up, especially for kids, based off a short story that his father had told to Peter and Andrew when they were kids. It is important to read this book to your children before government propaganda gets to them through media and poisons their minds into thinking that centrally planned monetary systems are normal.
Irwin was a great man, a great Jew, and a Kiddush Hashem in the real, full sense. His influence through his sons will be very long lasting. He chose to fight the State head on and he paid for it with his freedom. If you choose to fight the State head on, which I do not recommend and which I do not do myself, then be prepared because they will fight you and they will take away your freedom, whatever you have left of it, and if pushed hard enough they will kill you.
After reading How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes and hearing about Irwin’s influence on Peter, I’ve considered Irwin a sort of father figure to me as well. It is then a bit eerie that he happened to pass away on my own father’s birthday.
Peter and Andrew, המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבילי ציון וירושלים.