The mission of We Are Libertarians is to examine current events, society 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 with 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 and Greg Lenz 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 usually 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 all of the irreverence modern politics deserve: Chris Spangle, Creighton Harrington, Greg Lenz, Joe Ruiz, and Gena Martinez examine the week’s current events, culture, and politics from a range of libertarian viewpoints.
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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 and marketing 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 as the web director of a nationally syndicated morning show.
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 also served as the Chairman of the Board of Free Enterprise Schools, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding school choice. His favorite charity is Rupert’s Kids. Check them out.
Spangle’s view of libertarianism is as follows: “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.
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:
Creighton Harrington is a 24-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.
Then, as this story often goes, he found Ron Paul.
Mr Harrington soon became involved in Young Americans for Liberty, where he worked for over a year at their headquarters in the belly of the beast: Washington, DC. He now attends IUPUI and contributes to WAL.
Mr Harrington is philosophically an anarcho-capitalist, but he isn’t against using politics to advance the ideas of libertarianism.
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