Christopher Ronald Tame was born at Enfield, Middlesex on December 20, 1949. Known as Chris R. Tame or usually Chris Tame, he died March 20, 2006 in West London.
After finishing grammar school, he graduated from Hull University in 1971 with a degree in American Studies. Moving back to his native London he immersed himself in Libertarian politics. A devout follower of Ayn Rand, he preached a form of Libertarianism which to many people seems ludicrous, including the abolition of an arbitrary age of consent, the legalisation of all hard drugs, and the right of people to drive under the influence of alcohol. Ludicrous though some of these ideas may or may once have seemed, even some very senior police officers have recently called for the abolition of the war on drugs.
Chris rejected the formation of a Libertarian political party believing in the importance of the dissemination of ideas, a tactic that has proved far more successful. The organisation he founded, the Libertarian Alliance, became the premiere libertarian think tank in Britain if not Europe, and thanks primarily to him its influence has extended far beyond the purely Libertarian and Tory far right fields.
During the 90s he served as Director of FOREST, the smokers' rights association. A voracious reader with an encyclopedic knowledge of all political ideologies, the last few years of his life were spent compiling a massive bibliography of freedom, which will be completed by his close friend and aide de camp Sean Gabb, who stepped into his shoes on his death.
Ironically, though a non-smoker and a fitness fanatic, Chris contracted a particularly virulent form of bone cancer. Sean Gabb and Helen Evans (the wife of LA President Tim Evans) were with him when he died. He was cremated at Chichester on April 1, 2006, and his ashes were scattered from a fishing boat off Ramsgate on March 17 the following year. Those present included the LA's legal affairs spokesman and Chris Tame's former landlady. Sean Gabb conducted both services - at Chichester and on the boat.
Chris Tame was married twice; his first marriage to fellow Libertarian Judy ended in an amicable divorce; his second marriage less so. He died without issue.