Margaret Scobey Austgen (Maggie)

Secretary at Douglas County Libertarian Party of Nebraska

Twitter @maizie45

Ladies of Liberty @ladiesofliberty

Douglas County Libertarian Party of Nebraska

How did you become a libertarian?

A (Republican – at the time) friend told me she couldn’t figure out if I was a conservative or a liberal so I should check into the Libertarian Party. This was back in 2000/2001.

I did start looking into it a bit, but this was pre-Facebook/social media days so finding anything about the LP was hit and miss. I did register Libertarian in 2004, but got a card in the mail from my county after the election saying that since the party didn’t get over 5% of the vote, I was back to unaffiliated.

I kept researching and found that the philosophy of libertarianism felt like the right fit for me. I found Reason magazine a few years later via Glenn Beck. For a few years, I did register as a Republican but quickly re-registered in the LP when it was apparent that Trump was taking a lead. 

Around the same time, I got involved with the Omaha chapter of Ladies of Liberty Alliance, and I’ve been volunteering as the secretary with my county’s Libertarian Party affiliate since 2016.

What kind of libertarian are you?

The real kind – LOL. I’m never sure how to answer this – basically, I just want more freedom for everyone and less government interference in our lives.

What would you like to see happen? 

I’d like to see more people realize that overbearing regulations hinder individual and societal progress.

What is your vision for your country and the world?

The continued improvement of our general well being, preferably with less state interference.

How do you see these changes occurring?

Expanding free markets through example and education.

What can Self-Determination Advocates do to help?

Continue spreading stories about various libertarians around the country and the world, reach out to groups that might not traditionally have libertarian viewpoints to expand awareness of our ideals.

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