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.

Jay A. Weingand

“Walk for a mile in someone’s shoes to live their life”.

Well, I’m a libertarian anarchist – a Voluntaryist. Decentralization is a philosophical tenet as well as self-determination and free association.

How did you become a voluntaryist?

That’s a long story. I started off a neoconservative/ paleoconservative mix.  In 2009, I got interested watching Glenn Beck and finally got tired of GOPers bellyaching of “not finding a true conservative”. 

I was more libertarian-leaning on foreign policy, on drugs, and abortion before Beck.  I watched the Mises Institute’s videos in 2010 and begin to switch to a  libertarian minarchist in 2014.

I began reading the works of Fredric Bastiat, Ludwig von Mises, Ron Paul, Larken Rose, Murray Rothbard, and etc. Caryn Ann Harlos posted a Stepfan Kinsella quote on February 24, 2016, that explains voluntary government is much as anarchistic as any anarcho-capitalist would want. 

“So when you talk about government, the question is not how we classify it or what the best words are for state, government, etc., semantically: but rather: the question is: does the “government” that “minarchists” favor engage in institutionalized aggression, or not? If not, it’s not a state, and it’s not unlibertarian. If it does, it’s merely a type of state. Now the [anarcho-capitalists] believe you can have private institutions provide law, justice, defense, without necessarily engaging in systematic and institutionalized aggression–that is, without being a state. Whether you want to call such institutions “government” or not seems to me to be purely semantic, [especially] if we grant there is a distinction between state and government. The remaining question is simply what type of government the “minarchists” favor: do they favor a government that has the authority to commit institutionalized aggression, or not? If they do, then they are pro-state since such a government is a state. If they do not, they are [anarcho-capitalists], it seems to me, since private, non-state, non-aggressive institutions of law, justice, and defense is exactly what we [anarcho-capitalists] favor.”

You can say I became more radical since then, bordering on an agorist.

What would you like to see happen? What is your vision for your country and the world?

Well, I would like to see individuals interacting voluntarily without violence and without coercion with the threat of violence. It means no more relying on an institutionalized monopoly of violence.

As Mises said, (paraphrasing here) individuals can associate or dissociate with political entities as they wish.

How do you see these changes occurring?

Peaceful civil disobedience and counter-economics like dealing in gray and black markets with cryptocurrencies.

What can Self-Determination Advocates do to help?

Well, advocate for peaceful secession movements that seek independence not joining a centralized giant institutionalized monopoly of violence. Any secession movement should advocate decentralization and decrease the State’s power.

Secondly, self-determination is an individual thing and you cannot by vote override the minority of peoples’ rights. They have a right to stay in or leave the political entity or join another.

Jay Ramon

#FreetheweedForPOPS #LoveFreedomInnovation #Istandwithalexis #420opencarry #Legalizeit #COCW

1) I don’t really know when I became a libertarian I’ve always stood up for what I felt right and often got into trouble for it.

2 ) I guess I’m a Lil audacious a bit on the wild side of a libertarian.

3) Peace, love, and rock and roll man; everyone just to be happy.

4) I’d like to see everyone happy is what I would want. But what I do see is it getting a lot worse before it gets better.

5) Really I think that we have to get rid of all parties to make that happen and just start over completely. Start over just to make things get back to the way it should be.

Stop voting for red and blue and yellow; we’re just people, we’re not colors, we’re people. We have to be the change and it starts with freeing the weed.

Dana Carver

I was born interested in self-determination. I have helped people with court cases, I have done a lot with fighting planning and zoning, I love to pass out jury nullification in front of courthouses.

I was huge in the fight for cannabis and know there is still much more to be done, I am on the LEC of the LPM, I have run for office, and many more things.

I can only see things changing when more do all of the above and educate more to be independent. I also have a small farm in the middle of the woods.

Punam Giri – License

Live your life free… Do not think of the world. The world is too busy with something else…

Council Member at U.S. Embassy Youth Council Nepal

Admin & Visual Media Officer at Bikalpa an Alternative

Wanted to tell you about Punam Giri’s short film “License.”

After repeated failures to get a driving license, Jeevan continues selling milk on his motorbike until he is fed up with paying bribes for not having a license.

Eventually, he is forced to bribe a middleman to get the license. The short movie portrays the ordeal of a common man fighting against a corrupt administrative structure that seems to be working in tandem to add on to the commoner’s woe.

You can see the film here:

How is the video business going?

Actually, I only make videos for Bikalpa. I work full time here. It’s a think tank. Bikalpa an alternative. I occasionally do outside videos beside Bikalpa and I also look after the administration.

What does the think tank do; what is the vision?

Bikalpa – an Alternative – For Freedom For Prosperity. You can check it here:; We work on liberal values and advocate for sound public policy on liberal values.

“Bikalpa- an Alternative envisions a Nepal where rule of Law is supreme and all citizens can have an equal opportunity to prosper in their own country and enjoy their rights to Life, Liberty, and Property.”

What is the plan to achieve that vision?

We organize training, Do research, and advocate with policymakers based on our research. Targeted groups for training are bachelor’s students. So we share our ideas and how policy influences us in our daily life.

So, you work with college students mainly?

No, we also work with policymakers, bureaucrats, professors, students, we work with all of them.

Is there much interest in Classical Liberalism in Nepal?

You can see more on our website. It’s a new thing here. And there are many people who think it’s a western idea and won’t work here. But people will give their interest after you share your idea.

They think it won’t work in Nepal… What reasons do they give?

People mostly think it’s a western idea because they are a developed nation.

They think it will work for more developed nations… but not in Nepal?


How do they see Nepal developing, or do they want to be developed?

They see Nepal developing.


This is their answer. GDP – has slightly increased but these people still believe Nepal is developing and will take time.

Jordan Gitterman

Akashic au Courant ushering in a Decentralized Fourth Industrial Revolution

How did you become a libertarian?
I was born into it. My father did whatever he wanted. I grew up wanting to do the same. I matured, adopted the Non Aggression Principal, learned Austrian Economics and a deeper understanding of freedom.

What kind of libertarian are you?
I am a free one. If one were to categorize – Voluntaryist Agorist.

What would you like to see happen? What is your vision for your country and the world?
It would be great if the people were to unite and concentrate on the major issues that nearly everyone in nearly every political spectrum can agree on. A good start for the United States would be to follow the constitution.

My vision for all is that non-victimless crimes to be treated as non-crimes, the rejection of central bank counterfeiting, medical freedom, the respect of property rights and natural law.

How do you see these changes occurring?
The answer is standing right in front of us. “In this historic hour of darkness – when the broken-hearted people living in the world agree there will be an answer.”

Agree to disobey dictates that despots thrust upon us. It will take a massive unification and civil disobedience. The antidote to much of humanities problems is opting into systems that are not controlled by the power structures that have cause most our problems and blame the populace.

They seek a “Reset” where they remain in control which the people can easily reject by opting into independent news, social media, education and communication methods.

Independent commerce such a barter and the growing of food. Voluntary decentralized currencies on permission less blockchains and commodity backed digital sound money ecosystems will save a lot of grief.

Sound money gold, silver, or models like Item Banc who is tokenizing the value of BHN – basic human needs – food, shelter, clothing, medical, and paper products.

Or any number of digital assets that offer privacy and are backed by hard goods unlike the current system which is backed by debt and confidence; and with the former inflating the later is waning.

What can Self-Determination Advocates do to help?
Self-Determination Advocates can educate people on freedom resources and movements and introduce them to each other.

John Nyangulu

Global Campaign Fellow-Free Market Revolution at Students For Liberty

National Coordinator at Students For Liberty

Executive Director at The Malawi Students For Liberty Organisation

National Coordinator at Liberty Sparks

I became a liberal after being introduced to the ideas by Evans Exhaud, CEO of Liberty Sparks, a think tank based in Tanzania. Exhaud selected me as his IDEA’s Emerging Leaders Ambassador.

Through IDEA’s, I was introduced to Students for Liberty, Africa. What I want to see is a freer future for all. My own personal vision is to open a policy think tank that will aim at youth empowerment through leadership and policy formulation training; to create intellectual and human resources for the movement.

Self Determination Advocates can help by making me one of the members of the team, I can volunteer so I can grow my knowledge of classical liberalism. Currently, I am the national coordinator for Students for liberty. 

I want to learn more about the philosophies of liberty. As a Bachelor of Arts Humanities (philosophy) graduate, I am free to explore the world of ideas with you and I can dedicate my time.

Chase Tkach

I’m not sure what kind of libertarian I am yet, but I’m definitely not an anarcho-capitalist and I’m definitely not a libertarian socialist. I just follow the basic libertarian platform.

I founded and I am currently the Chairperson of the Orleans county libertarian party in New York.

Previously a state committee member for the LANY. I am fighting for sex workers’ rights internationally, but I’m starting my advocacy here in America.

I do what I can for sex workers facing homelessness, domestic violence, legal issues, negative stigma, and family court discrimination. Self-determination Advocates should speak up for sex workers’ rights.

Sex workers want full decriminalization. We do not want legalization and we do not want the Nordic model. I appreciate you reaching out!

Stage name: Molly Smash

Instagram: @tkachchase

Twitter: @chasetkach


Anthony Charles Olsen (Tony Ferris Olsen)

I love to discuss freedom, religion, computers, family, and fun things. I seek for truth.

“How did you become a libertarian?”

Like most people, I started out being trained to think like a socialist, but life’s experiences showed me that freedom produces greater social and economic prosperity than force/controls do.  

I spent 2 years serving a mission in former East Germany and that taught me a lot about the pitfalls of Socialism.  Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged also made a compelling argument.

“What kind of libertarian are you?”

I believe in both social freedom and economic freedom.

“What would you like to see happen?”

I’d like for people to have a place they can go to live extreme economic and social freedoms and prosper.  To see succeed would achieve this.

“What is your vision for this country and the world?”

If murder, kidnapping and theft were made illegal, but everything else was legal, then people would peacefully find the best solutions to life’s problems – and they’d do so much faster than what we’re currently used it.  

I believe this would lead to peace and prosperity, which I wish for the world.

“How do you see these changes occurring?”

Socialism is addictive and people are taught to fear freedom… so I don’t think most people would willingly accept freedom.  Instead, let those who understand and seek freedom leave and live in peace in our own sea steading micronation.

“What can Self-Determination Advocates do to help?”

Help us make Freedom Haven a success. 🙂

Jim Carigan

born on a mountaintop in Chattanooga TN; killed him a bar when he was only 3

Student Facilitator at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UK

Columnist and blogger at

Former Asst. Professor (retired) at Kentucky State University

How did you become a classical liberal? 

Thoreau to Paine to Bastiat to Locke to Twain to Mencken to Rand to Rothbard to Higgs

What kind of classical liberal are you?  

Natural law, free market

What would you like to see happen?  

Disintegration of state

What is your vision for this country and the world?  

This country disintegration from irrelevance; the world, Evolution

How do you see these changes occurring? 

Evolution and Occam’s Razor 

What can Self-Determination Advocates do to help?  

Pursue positive Evolution through memetic influences.