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David R.


Woodbridge, VA

Member since:

January 13, 2013

How did you find out about this Meetup?

Google search for Libertarian Groups.

How long have you been a Libertarian or supported Libertarian ideals?

I have always considered myself fairly conservative. Soon after college I read Atlas Shrugged and that turned me on to reading more about the philosophy of Ayn Rand. In following and being interested in politics and current events, I always tended to vote Republican but I always had major philosophical differences with the party on issues such as immigration, gay marriage, the death penalty, and government spending. The more I researched the issues, the more I read about the history and ideas and people that founded this country, and the more I learned about the Constitution and the evolution of the Progressives interpretation of that document, the more I seemed to identify with a Libertarian perspective. Then, as my New Year's resolution, I donated to the CATO Institute and got online to find a group like this one.

As a Libertarian, what issues are most important to you during this election year?

There are a lot of economic assumptions and phrases thrown around by politicians and pundits. As I listened to them, I realized I had no idea what they were talking about, what was true, what worked, and on what principles they were based. So I started to educate myself on the basics of economics - and quickly found books by Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, and F.A. Hayek, am currently learning as much as I can about the Free Market and the morality of a free economic system.


I have always been interested in political philosophy and considered myself fairly conservative. The older I get and the more I read, the more I find myself being attracted to and agreeing with the Libertarian point of view.

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