The Declaration of Independents – Review & Interview with Matt Welch

Declaration of Independents

Declaration of Independents


In The Declaration of Independents, Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie, while acknowledging the problems we face ,  display an optimistic outlook for expanding personal liberty. The tone of book is set with the statement,

We are happy warriors against, busybodies, elites, and gatekeepers who insist on dictating how other people should live their lives.

The goal is not to promote any political party, but encourage readers to “Declare their Independence” from the false choice: left or right, Democrat or Republican.  In fact, it goes a step further.

We need not only a declaration of independents in politics but a declaration of  independence from politics.

How true.  We spend so much time and energy on politics, and why?  Because we have allowed government too much power over our personal and economic lives.  But in a truly free society, we wouldn’t bother much with politics because government would be restrained to its proper role.  What a wonderful world that  would be, one where we spend our time doing the things we love rather fighting for our right to do them. That’s the world this book makes seem possible.

I spent an hour with Matt Welch, co-author of Declaration of Independents – How Libertarian Politics Can Fix What’s Wrong with America  on 93.1 WIBC. 

In the first segment we discuss the optimism that Matt and Nick express in the book and deregulation of airlines… Guess what, it was a Democrat platform that was opposed by business! Guess what, cronyism isn’t a new phenom.
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What does Reason Magazine’s motto “Free minds and Free Markets” mean?  Are we nearing an end of the political duopoly?  Portrayal of independents by the two parties, Independent versus moderate.
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My personal favorite quote from the book, turns out it was one written by Nick Gillespie. What we were taught or thought isn’t always the truth, for instance the power of rock-n-roll > military might.  How the Velvet Underground sparked the Czechoslovakian Velvet Revolution.
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Declare your independence not just from part but from politics in general.  The millennial generation, Gen Y was raised  libertarian.  Do young people see the contradictions of their parent’s generation?  Are all brands, except Apple,dead? Ron Paul’s popularity with gen Y.  If you don’t vote straight R or straight D
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The Authors

Matt Welch

Matt Welch, Editor and Chief, Reason Magazine

Matt Welch, Editor and Chief, Reason Magazine

Welch’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, Columbia Journalism Review, Los Angeles Daily News, Orange County Register, LA Weekly,,, Wired, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Daily Star of Beirut, and dozens of other publications.  Currently he is the Editor and Chief of Reason magazine.   More…

Nick Gillespie, Editor and Chief, &

Nick Gillespie, Editor and Chief, &

Nick Gillespie, Editor and Chief,,

Nick Gillespie is editor in chief of and, the online platforms of Reason, the libertarian magazine of “Free Minds and Free Markets. The two sites draw over 4 million visits per month and have been named among the nation’s best political sites by Playboy, Washingtonian, National Journal, and others. More…


About Larry Downes

Son, brother, husband, father, boss, mentor & friend. Believer in unfettered personal liberty. Occasional host on 93.1 WIBC in Indianapolis.

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