Thomas “T.J.” Eckert was introduced to libertarian philosophy at a young age through the firearms community. His passion for history and the second amendment led him to discover books from noted historians such as Murray Rothbard and Tomas E. Woods.
He considers the foundation of his reading to be Rothbard’s For a New Liberty; making a habit of buying copies to hand out to friends and acquaintances when the topic of politics comes up. After which, he was led into the writings of many classical liberals such as Ludwig von Mises and Friedrich Hayek. From then on, he became infatuated with the Austrian school of economics. His interest in the intricacies of politics blossomed after helping his father campaign for a local city office in his elementary and high school years. He regularly contributes to the Mises Institute, the Foundation for Economic Education, and tries to make their seminars whenever possible.
He spends his spare time doing recreational shooting and writing political and ideological pieces for Being Libertarian. Although recently graduating college, he has not committed to pursuing graduate work, but considers himself to be self-taught regarding economics through his extensive reading. When asked about his beliefs, he considers himself to be an adamant voluntarist. His writing has been featured in Newsweek, the Mises Institute, the PanAm Post, and the Foundation for Economic Education.
His future aspirations are to get involved with the Seasteading Institute, where he may aid in developing new ideas and bringing seasteading into mainstream culture. He firmly believes the political system in Washington to be completely broken, and that the best course of action to either reform our system or escape it entirely will come from the market influences contained in the freedom and innovation of seasteading.
T.J’s influences include: Murray Rothbard, Frederic Bastiat, Adam Smith, Henry Hazlitt, David Ricardo, Thomas Aquinas, Lew Rockwell, Scott Horton, F.A. Hayek, Milton Friedman, Ludwig von Mises, Mary Ruwart, Lawrence Reed, Joe Quirk, Patri Friedman, Tom Woods, Ron Paul, and Rand Paul.
He resides just outside Cleveland, with his gorgeous wife. Together they plan on spending time in Singapore, Hong Kong, and New Zealand before settling back down in Ohio.