We Are Libertarians brings all of the irreverence modern politics deserves. Chris Spangle, Greg Lenz, and other co-hosts blend humor and intelligence to explain to you what the hell is happening in our world today and how we can fix it by thinking differently.
Our contributors represent the broad spectrum of viewpoints within libertarian philosophy to bring you a balanced 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. With nearly 20 millennial contributors, the site is uniquely positioned to express the libertarian vision of the future. Despite this youth, our contributors bring a combined 35 years experience of political activism, party leadership, campaign leadership, issue activism, and journalism.
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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.
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
Friends of We Are Libertarians and Guest Contributors to the Podcast and News Site:
- Chris Gault
- Creighton Harrington
- Phyllis Klosinski
- James Nease
- Perry Sheetz
- Daniel Peffers
- Chris Peffers
- Ryan Ripley
- Hannah Drazich
- Suzanne Schaefer
- Harry Price
- Gena Martinez
- Lynn Swayze
- Brett Bittner
- Chloe Anagnos
- Aaron Ewert
- Tyler Weiss
- Nick Taylor
- Jeremiah Morrell
- Miah Akston
- Chris Mayo
- Rob Kendall
- Kenn Knarr (Rest in Peace, friend.)