Liberty For All – a success story
Early in the winter of 2000 two libertarian writers, one a salesman/musician and the other a stay-at-home dad, decided to try their hand at web design. Although they were only novice webmasters they set out to create a forum, for themselves and their friends, that would allow them a voice that could not be stilled by editor or advertiser. What began as a simple website constructed to basically facilitate a small discussion group has grown into one of the Internet’s premiere on-line magazines.
In its humble beginnings Libertyforall.net was no more than a few pages filled with commentary provided by whoever chose to contribute. The journeymen webmasters updated irregularly adding content as it was received. With columns named for their author’s pseudonyms, Liberty For All quickly gained the reputation of a respected free speech publication. No one was turned away and no one was censored. Within six months of its first edition the new on-line publication featured eight regular writers from across the country; and, the editor was beginning to receive more copy than he could use in the form of one-time submissions.
Today Libertyforall.net is a thriving, not-for-profit enterprise that has weathered growth and success without compromising the principles from which it was conceived. In addition to thirteen regular columns that deliver thought-provoking commentary, the on-line magazine dedicated to the First Amendment also features timely news items, humor and satire, LP state convention information and updates, press releases, a discussion forum, an e-mail group, as well as, numerous other resources. Liberty For All remains as committed as ever to being on the front line of the fight for greater freedom.
From its meager conception to the international circulation that it now enjoys, Liberty For All has remained a beacon for an individual’s right to freely speak his/her mind as the founders intended from the birth of a nation. Even the original columnists honored our founding fathers by using pen names such as Carolinus, Patrioticus and Pacificus in humble remembrance of a time when patriots had to mask their identities in order to avoid a tyrant’s gallows. Libetyforall.net also stands as a testament to what a couple of “regular Joes” are capable of achieving with nothing more than an idea, a group of supportive friends, and a deep affection for those precious American siblings – Liberty and Freedom. At Liberty For All the invitation is open to all as our clarion call remains, “Let your voice be heard.”
“Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular- but one must take it simply because it is right.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
Carolinus: R. Lee Wrights, editor and co-founder.
I was raised to do unto others as I would have done unto me. Throughout my life I have tried very hard to follow this simple rule. I am human. I have failed at times. But for the most part, I have been successful in upholding this basic principle. I was taught, and I have tried to teach my own children, that liberty is sacred. As long as I do not invade or usurp the rights of others, no man or government has the right to rob me of mine. I believe this to be true of all men and women. That the right of a person to choose from alternative courses of action, or from various sets of goals, without being restricted by authority, is the truest form of freedom which is accompanied by the obligation to be personally responsible for our own actions. Do not allow man or state to become your nursemaid, and resist those that would accept such conditions as right and proper. Only I, according to my abilities and talents, should determine my prosperity. This should be the goal of any individual.
“Under difficulties I have ever found one and only one rule, to do what is right, and generally we shall disentangle ourselves almost without perceiving how it happened.”
- Thomas Jefferson
Patrioticus: J. Michael Bragg, webmaster, associate editor, and co-founder.
The choice of “Patrioticus” as a pen name was no accident. I have been- and always shall be a Patriot. However, my loyalty lies not with any government – whether Federal, State or Local or any form thereof. My loyalty lies in the Spirit of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Sam Adams. Ben Franklin, George Washington and all the others who risked their fortunes, property and very lives to give us this Great Nation we now struggle to keep. However, our Great Nation has fallen from her former Glory and has been reduced to the status of a bloated hog – trampling upon anything and everything that stands in the way of its quest.
“Of all earthly blessings, I place Liberty in the first rank, and of course, consider the obligation to defend and preserve it, as the most sacred of all our civil and social duties…It is not in the power of any single, or few individuals to preserve liberty. It can only be effected by the people themselves; by their intelligence, virtue, courage, and patriotism.”
- SC Senator John C. Calhoun, 16 June 1833
Kitaro: Juanita Ramirez, associate editor and founding member.
“RUNNING AWAY IS NOT AN OPTION!” If I meet with adversity, the challenge is mine to judge when to ignore it, reason with it, de-escalate it, or fight it. If I meet with pain, the burden is mine to carry it until it becomes lighter. If I meet with ignorance, the opportunity is mine to educate it. If I meet with suffering, the compassion is mine to aid and give comfort to it. If I meet with joy, the pleasure is mine to share in it.
“It does not require a majority to prevail; but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brushfires in people’s minds.”
- Samuel Adams
Pacificus: Dennis D. Hayes, associate editor and founding member.
Greetings to all!
This page is dedicated to those who would journey towards a new outlook…a new perspective.
It is intended to be a flexible and ongoing forum to discuss and integrate life-affirming changes. A forum that integrates not only aspects of the political philosophy many call Libertarian, but more accurately, current medical and technological advancements and the concomitant expansion of thought these include. I am in search of Geniuses! I, Pacificus, am not the author of all you will find here, nor would I wish to be! However, it is my intention to help each individual who wishes it, the access to information that will uncover those oh so subtle pieces of this great puzzle we call life. Many of you will find that what is offered does not comport with your personal philosophy, and to that I say,” So be It!” But you will find that all information will be submitted for your approval in polite and respectful terms, by individuals who have knowledge and perspective within their chosen fields of endeavor. You may yourself find that you have a useful, intuitive, and even personal experience which can help all of us see the road ahead a little clearer. This is Good! Keep in mind though, that mutual respect and positive, factual, and supportable information will be our hallmark. Unsubstantiated speculation, and/or New Age wishful thinking…Will Not!
It is my greatest hope that the revolutionary threshold at which we now stand will march onward to deliver a message of excitement and value to all of whom participate. And that ultimately, it will end up where it must begin…In our own backyards! For what we do now must come from ourselves…for ourselves! You may now authorize yourself to enjoy this site and its attendant links whenever you choose.
And to all of you Geniuses out there, I remain,
Liberty’s Voice: Della Croft, associate editor and founding member.
No man or woman is an island. Our actions, small or large, have the capacity to impact the lives of others. If you are not making an effort daily to move this country back toward the ideals set forth in the constitution, then you are aiding the Republican/Democratic take over; you are handing your country over to the greed of big government. Do not tell me why you cannot participate, tell me why you will not. Do not ask me why I am a Libertarian, tell me why you are not.
“If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”
- Samuel Adams
Freedom’s Flame: Jamie Watts, contributing editor and founding member.
I believe in the rights of every person living life as they see fit, as long as they donâ€™t infringe on my right to do the same.
I believe the founding fathers had the idea that government should be simple, to do nothing more than protect the lives, liberty, and property of itâ€™s citizens, and to make certain laws that would continue to protect these basic rights.
I believe that even today this is what government should be doing. However, somewhere along the way we gave government the right to intrude in every aspect of our lives.
I believe it is time for us to take back our freedom and restore government to what it was originally meant to do.
â€œIn general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other.â€