Dillon Eliassen

Dillon EliassenDillon Eliassen composes fiction as well as writes articles for Being Libertarian. In his capacity as Managing Editor of Being Libertarian, Dillon edits copy, moderates the weekly feature “Perspectives” and is responsible for writing, editing, and publishing breaking news stories. He had previously contributed articles to Punk Rock Libertarians, now The Daily Liberator. He is a self-described Thoreauvian Minarchist.

Though he enjoys writing opinion and analytical pieces, Dillon believes non-fiction is not a useful medium through which to proselytize to adherents of opposing ideologies, or to the undecided. Non-fiction is read through a critical lens by those who do not agree with you, by those on the fence, and by those who hold sympathetic views. Dillon includes components of libertarianism in his fiction because he believes when a reader is engrossed in an entertaining and moving narrative he is more willing to entertain the tenets of libertarianism when exposed to them in a positive way.

Dillon is the author of The Apathetic, a novel about a US Army serviceman who returns home from Iraq and struggles to free himself from the emotional anesthesia he had used to cope with the horrors of war. Dillon is currently completing his second novel The Reliable Narrator, or A Rom-Com of Epic Proportions, a satire that examines the irrevocable effects marriage has on interpersonal relationships, and the irrational nostalgia we have for old friendships and lost romances.

Dillon counts as his influences Ernest Hemingway, Mario Puzo, Cormac McCarthy, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell, Don DeLillo, Joseph Heller, Groucho Marx, Woody Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Rodney Dangerfield, Don Rickles and Norm MacDonald, and regularly reads the writings of Richard A. Epstein, Jonah Goldberg, Veronique de Rugy, Charles Krauthammer, Shikha Sood Dalmia, Kevin D. Williamson, Charles C.W. Cooke, Sheldon Richman, David Harsanyi and Matt Welch.

He and his absurdly beautiful wife live in Morris County, New Jersey, a region that puts the “garden” into “The Garden State”.