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A Dozen Libertarian Valentine Roses

13 Feb
We’re adding more handsome Libertarians to our earlier lists — watch out for the thorns.

I’m publishing this today so they can punch me at ISFLC if they don’t like being in lists.

Marianne Copenhaver

Though a Gary Johnson voter in 2012, she is now Senator Rand Paul’s new social media person.  Ms. Copenhaver’s family was depicted in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn.  She was played by Halle Berry in the X-Men franchise.

Julie Borowski

FreedomWorks blogger and everyone’s favorite libertarian gal to debate pro- and con-.  Apparently it is taking a toll.

J. Buzz Webb

Buzz Webb of Provincetown, Mass., builds a dance stage in preparation for her annual Big Gay Dance Party, known as the biggest party of the libertarian PorcFest festival.  The founder and organizer of PorcFest, she is handing it off to someone else after this year.

Sloane Shearman

Sloane is a Talent Management Assistant at the Institute for Humane Studies and  graduated from Penn State University in May, 2013 with a BA in anthropology. She served for two years as a counselor on a crisis and basic needs hotline, inspiring her to learn the mechanisms that create prosperity and teaching her empathic and conflict resolution skills she hopes to bring to the culture of liberty. Her future career goals include identifying and maximizing talent within the liberty movement, and developing robust relationships between the organizations and individuals that compose it.

Sloane’s other passions include art, falafel, and her dog, Gatsby.

Addie Hollis

Addie Hollis, a writer and photographer, is a jack-of-all-trades. If there is something she doesn’t know how to do or something she wants to learn, she’ll figure it out. She has a bachelor degree in business administration and interpersonal communication, although in hindsight realizes she should have pursued economics and philosophy. Her current interests include cooking from scratch, writing fiction, playing PC games, collecting Japanese manga and talking.  She writes at ThoughtsOnLiberty.


Nena Whitfield

Now running LOLA, a libertarian women’s group.

Daria Kafler

Ms. Kafler is a member of Tel Aviv University Students for Liberty


Ashe Schow

Ms. Schow (right) is a columnist for the Washington Examiner.


Libby Jacobsen

Libby Jacobson is a Senior Fellow with the Independent Women’s Forum and a communications professional in DC. Previously she has worked for several free-market think tanks, and her writings have appeared in the Washington Examiner Opinion Zone and Libby’s interests include exposing nanny state regulations and economic illiteracy, tech policy, women and the workplace, and exploring the intersection between feminism and libertarianism.

Jacelyn Boudreaux

While working at the Center for Sexual Pleasure and Health near her home in Massachusetts, Jaclyn began to understand the importance of freedom-promoting policies.  Jaclyn was seeking a way to make complicated philosophy, policy, and economic issues accessible to the general public when her search led her to the ideal tool for doing so: Learn Liberty. For maximal happiness outside of her career, Jaclyn requires Tyrion Lannister, mojitos, SPF 30 or higher, vegetarian options, friendly librarians, and non-calorie-listing menus.

Laura Delhomme

I’m relaxing my rule that friends can’t be in my lists, just for Valentine’s Day, so my buddy Laura Delhomme, candidate and IT whiz, moving to the Institute for Human Studies, can finally be in one.


Corey Hubbard

Corey L. Hubbard is a recent graduate of International Relations and Comparative Politics from the University of Central Florida. While at UCF, Corey founded and worked with multiple organizations dedicated to liberty. In 2010, she was invited England to work in the House of Commons. As an IHS, FEE, YAL, and SFL alumna, she remains steadfast in her defense of market supremacy and self ownership through research, blogging, and networking activists across the globe. 

More Thursday’s top libertarian updates – Syrian intervention/March On Washington edition

29 Aug
1) Eric Bolling On FaceBook

I’ve been saying we should back off bombing Syria… we need more proof before we kill more people (Egypt, Libya). What say you______?

2) The Objective Standard on FaceBook*

“If men want to oppose war, it is statism that they must oppose. So long as they hold the tribal notion that the individual is sacrificial fodder for the collective, that some men have the right to rule others by force, and that some (any) alleged ‘good’ can justify it—there can be no peace within a nation and no peace among nations.” —Ayn Rand

J Buzz Webb via Tyler Trent on FaceBook
Seriously, these “Syrian rebels” are the people that congress and the Obama administration are giving (your) money, training, and material support to. It’s all part of a bigger picture of regional destabilization in the world of geo-politics and resource wars. There are no winners in this conflict, yet the US gov’t has been stirring the pot for quite a while. What could possibly go wrong? This is why *interventionism* and falsely labeling it as “national interest” is a really, really bad idea. But this is the modus operandi of what governments do. How do you think al Qaeda got started in the first place??

4) reason magazine on Facebook

Freedom needs no lengthy explanation. It needs no five-year plan, or 10-point agenda, or 30-percent tax, or 200-person bureaucracy. Freedom asks for none of those things. In fact, it doesn’t ask for anything – except to be left in peace.

*(Disclaimer –  Craig Biddle and The Objective Standard do not call themselves or Ayn Rand “libertarians.”  Because it’s not sex if, as with Bill Clinton, it’s only oral.)

Today’s top libertarian updates

27 Aug
1) J. Buzz Webb on FaceBook

Let’s see if I’ve got this right. I’m accused of hatred if I hold those in elected office to the same standards of accountability across the board, regardless of the R or D following their names. I am considered a hater if I am morally, philosophically, and intellectually consistent. If I don’t conflate government and society as being the same thing, then I hate the US. I’m full of hatred if my opposition to war, governmental abuse, and corruption isn’t contingent upon *who* is in office. If I’m not willing to compromise my integrity and humanity for political aims, then I’m full of hate. Well, if that’s what constitutes a hater these days, then SIGN ME UP!!!

“Folks, it’s time to evolve. That’s why we’re troubled. You know why our institutions are failing us, the church, the state, everything’s failing? It’s because, um – they’re no longer relevant. We’re supposed to keep evolving. Evolution did not end with us growing opposable thumbs. You do know that, right?”
― Bill Hicks

2) Trevor Burrus on FaceBook

“I’m not a believer in “dog whistles,” but there’s clearly something about the way in which Ron Paul and those who share his views are communicating their ideas that make them sound attractive to people who I would prefer thought we were the “enemy.” One part of the explanation is that socialism has led many modern libertarians to think of themselves on the “right” because they oppose it and, therefore they think they should oppose the rest of the “left.” Once seeing themselves this way, it’s perhaps easier for some libertarians to adopt the rhetoric and pose of those who oppose all that the left stands for (including the good stuff, like such controversial positions such as heliocentricism and a belief in racial equality), even if those libertarians never say anything explicitly racist.

Once libertarians start to see themselves as “enemies of the left,” it’s also easy to excuse alliances with the unseemly end of the right wing, apparently on the belief that the enemies of their enemies are their friends. Such are the fruits of the seeds of what I’ve called “libertarian contrarianism:” the unfortunate tendency in some quarters of the libertarian world to think that if the “mainstream” believes it, it must be wrong.”