The mission of We Are Libertarians is to examine current events and politics from a broad range of libertarian viewpoints by a group of Hoosier millennials.
We Are Libertarians was founded in 2012 as a weekly podcast from Chris Spangle, Chris Gault, and Creighton Harrington covering national and Indiana politics from libertarian point of view. In 2013, We Are Libertarians expanded to a daily news site that provides commentary, news, and resources for the libertarian movement. Joe Ruiz, Greg Lenz, and Perry Sheetz were added as regular contributors at that time.
The contributors at We Are Libertarians represent the broad spectrum of viewpoints within the Libertarian philosophy to bring the reader a balanced (and occasionally irreverent) look at the world. As long as it fits within the basic principles of libertarianism we want to share it, and let you sort out what you believe. Five of the six contributors are under the age of 30, so the site is uniquely positioned to express the libertarian millennial’s vision of the future. Despite this youth, our contributors bring a combined 30 years experience of political activism, state party leadership, campaign leadership, issue activism, and journalism.
The podcast is weekly, and examines the week’s current events and politics from a libertarian perspective. Think of it as the libertarian Meet the Press, only with a personality. Your hosts are Chris Spangle, Creighton Harrington, Greg Lenz, and Gena Martinez.
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Chris Spangle, Publisher/Editor-In-Chief of We Are Libertarians and Podcast Host:
Chris Spangle was raised in Plainfield, Indiana and graduated from Plainfield High School in 2002. He attended IUPUI where he was the College Republicans President during the 2004 elections. While working on Andy Horning’s Congressional campaign in 2004, Horning inspired Spangle to research the libertarian philosophy. Spangle went on to work at Newstalk 1430 AM, WXNT for 5 years as a producer and reporter. During his last year there he was the producer of “Abdul in the Morning,” the premier political talk show in Indianapolis. It was during this time that he witnessed first-hand how broken the two-party system is, although he had been a life-long Republican, he decided to work to grow the Libertarian Party of Indiana and to affect social and political change in a libertarian direction.
He began running the day-to-day operations of the LPIN in October of 2008 and left in December of 2012. During his time as the Executive Director he oversaw the complete overhaul of the LPIN website, expanded their marketing to include social media, implemented the Libertarian training center and the LP 101 website and classes as well as recruited and trained hundreds of Libertarian candidates. He is still heavily involved in the LPIN.
Spangle went on to work in marketing for the Englehart Group, a political consulting firm in Indianapolis. One of his main clients is the Advocates for Self-Government, the premier libertarian organization giving libertarians the tools to effectively share the message with the general public.
He now works for the Bob & Tom Show as their Web Director.
He is the publisher and editor of We Are Libertarians, a news site and podcast that covers national and Indiana politics from the libertarian perspective. He is the founder of WAL Radio Network, which brings you podcasts about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Free Enterprise Schools, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding school choice. He also often volunteers at Rupert’s Kids and his church, Christ United Methodist Church in Indianapolis. Spangle also personally blogs at: http://www.chrisspangle.com.
Spangle’s view of libertarianism is as follow’s: “Almost every problem in society can be solved by more freedom and liberty, not less. More specifically, we value Individualism, Individual Rights, Spontaneous Order, The Rule of Law, Limited Government, Free Markets, The Virtue of Production, Natural Harmony of Interests, Peace.http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/key-concepts-libertarianism.”
Spangle resides in Indianapolis, IN with his two cats, Mittens and Cornelius.
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Joe Ruiz, Managing Editor of We Are Libertarians:
Joe Ruiz is a 29 year old husband and father of two from Mishawaka, Indiana. Raised in La Porte County, Joe graduated from Michigan City High School and attended Bethel College before graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Management, and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. Joe is a pop culture enthusiast and political aficionado.
In 2012 he ran for a U.S. Congressional seat in Indiana’s 2nd District. Since the election Joe has begun to work in radio, but has also kept an active voice in the community through various mediums, including his contributions to WeAreLibertarians.com, where he manages the content.
Creighton Harrington, Contributor to We Are Libertarians, Podcast Host, (and all around awesome guy):
Creighton Harrington is a 23-year-old activist and blogger. He was raised in Decatur Township in southwestern Indianapolis. Upon entering college, he was your typical Fox News-parroting conservative; the kind where Sean Hannity was the intellectual powerhouse often brought up in argument, George Bush was still defensible, and no amount of reason could penetrate these axioms of political truth. It wasn’t until he discovered a political commentator named Jack Hunter, who had a supreme animosity for George Bush and modern neoconservative foreign policy while demonstrating legitimate conservative credentials, that the Trojan walls that were Mr Harrington’s political opinions began to falter. When he discovered a certain congressman from Texas – well, lets just say Mr Harrington’s opinions were affected. Inspired by Rep. Paul, Mr Harrington took it upon himself to learn as much about the philosophy of liberty as he could: classical liberalism, American history, Austrian economics, and constitutionalism.
Mr Harrington became involved in Young Americans for Liberty, as it was an organization given significant praise by Rep. Paul, and has since become a state chair for the organization, traveled to D.C. to participate in national YAL events, and helped on the campaigns of Rep. Justin Amash as well as Rep. Paul. He is currently still attending college at IUPUI with a major in Economics and History.
Mr Harrington would consider himself as a conservative, but not in the sense as it is often used. He believes that we must “conserve” the philosophy of our founding, ie: liberty, constitutionalism, self-government, and individualism. On social issues, he tends to lean conservative, but he never believes it is the purpose of government to legislate on these issues. On economic issues, he believes in private property as an absolute right and that free-markets are insurmountable in their efficiency and the only just way to allocate resources. In short, he is a libertarian politically, but a conservative personally.
Greg Lenz, Contributor to We Are Libertarians and Podcast Host:
My name is Greg Lenz. I enjoy good wine, conversation, and cigars. I currently run an internet marketing company in Indianapolis. I would describe myself as a Libertarian Republican. I say that because I’m a Libertarian in principle, but a Republican in practice. I do vote for Libertarians from time to time, but usually I back Conservative Republicans. I know that it’s that kind of thinking that stops Libertarian growth, but if I vote for a Libertarian and a Republican loses because of it, I wouldn’t be able to forgive myself.
One might ask how do I see my role within the Libertarian party then? Well, I see myself as more of a buttress to the party rather than a pillar, in that I support it from the outside. I’ve been profoundly influenced by the writings of Ayn Rand and consider The Fountainhead a book that changed the course of my life. Most of my political beliefs are the result of an Objectivist framework.
It’s an honor to be a part of this website and I hope my contributions are entertaining, informative, and challenge your beliefs on a daily basis. If you wish to contact me I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Gena Martinez, Contributor to We Are Libertarians and Podcast Host:
Gena Martinez was raised in Columbus, IN and graduated from Columbus North High School in 2000. Upon graduating, Gena spent 4 years in California, where she was employed as the Assistant to the President of a defense contractor.
Upon her return to Indiana, Gena worked for Cummins, before deciding to return to college. As a successful student and activist, Gena earned a full-ride scholarship, visited the White House & spoke openly & passionately about many controversial topics… Just before she dropped out & made a very pregnant bid for Indiana State Senate in 2012.
Gena ran as a Libertarian after finding herself disgusted with both sides of our broken 2-party system and finding herself amongst like-minded individuals at LPIN, most of whom are sane.
Gena Martinez is incredibly uncomfortable referring to herself in 3rd person.
Lynn Swayze, Contributor to We Are Libertarians:
Lynn Swayze (Wilson) is a full-time freelance writer based in Indianapolis, Indiana. She runs Genre Book Reviews and Lynn on Writing. She is a contributor to We Are Libertarians and is the Indianapolis LGBT Examiner.
Lynn is open to freelance writing opportunities, guest blog requests, interviews, journalism opportunities, and book review requests.
About Perry Sheetz:
Perry is a former two-time Ron Paul delegate to Indiana Republican State convention. He now serves as the Chair of the Libertarian Party of Porter County. He is the author of the Sheetz Report. Perry Sheetz shares his thoughts on business and political stories you need to know. Sign up here!