Being Libertarian was founded in late 2015 as a Facebook page and website to act as a point of convergence for minarchists, classical liberals, anarchists, independents, Objectivists, capitalists, and right/left-leaning libertarians. These two platforms were later complemented by a presence on Twitter and other social media, all operating collectively under the banner of Being Libertarian LLC.
The goal of BeingLibertarian.com is to provide a neutral-as-can-be platform for individuals who believe in any of the various, broadly-libertarian schools of thought. As such, neither BeingLibertarian.com nor Being Libertarian LLC endorse any specific set of policies, political parties or candidates, or any particular libertarian doctrine – other than a broad commitment to libertarian ideas. The Board of Being Libertarian LLC is composed of ideologically diverse individuals from around the world, and the Editorial Management of BeingLibertarian.com is likewise not an echo-chamber of mirrored ideas. At the footer of each article – other than verified news or Board-endorsed editorials – will be bound a disclaimer reflecting this state of affairs: BeingLibertarian.com and Being Libertarian LLC has no corporate view. All articles represent the views of the author whose name is attached thereto.
BeingLibertarian.com is not meant to provide an orthodoxy of opinions. Rather, we are an outlet that provides wide-ranging opinions. Inevitably, by maintaining a big tent for opinions with a pro-liberty bent, some will not conform to aspects of commonly-accepted libertarian doctrine. We have been, and continue to be criticized for providing a platform to often-unpopular views, and unpopular individuals, within the libertarian community. We embrace this criticism and call upon these critics to channel their passionate opposition to such views and individuals into well-argued articles, and submit them to us via our contribute page.
The Board of Directors
The Board of Being Libertarian LLC – the collective owners of Being Libertarian and all its subsidiaries and assets – consists of the following individuals:
- Martin van Staden (Literature & Publications Department)
- Nathaniel Owen (Social Media Department)
The Social Media Department manages and administers Being Libertarian’s social media presence on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. The Multimedia Department is responsible for Being Libertarian‘s video and podcasting content, and manages the YouTube presence. The Literature & Publications Department maintains and manages the website as well as all articles and document publications undertaken by Being Libertarian.
BeingLibertarian.com is run by the Literature & Publications Department (L&P) and maintained by a small and dedicated group of IT techies. The L&P Department is led by a group known as Editorial Management, which writes editorials, receives and approves of staff and guest articles, and generally runs the BeingLibertarian.com website. Editorial Management consists of the following individuals:
- Martin van Staden, Editor in Chief
- Dillon Eliassen, Managing Editor
- Nathaniel Owen, Editor at Large
The Editorial Board further composed of several additional editors:
- Thomas J. Eckert, Copy Editor
- Arthur Cleroux, Copy Editor
Editorial Management is assisted by Being Libertarian’s IT department, which consists of the following individuals:
- Alon Ganon, Chief Technology Officer