Government Shuts Down to Celebrate TOL’s First Birthday!

About a year ago, I wrote a long email to two friends. What if, I said, we made a website just for libertarian women’s voices? What if, I said, we gave women advocates of liberty a chance to speak and a chance to bring other women to liberty and perhaps change the movement itself? “Madness!” they told me. “It can never be done!”

Just kidding, that’s not what they said. Those two ladies were Elizabeth BeShears and Rachel Burger, and one year ago, we founded Thoughts on Liberty. And now I’m happy to say that in order to celebrate our attempts to make it better, leaner, faster, and, in some cases, non-existent, the federal government has shut its doors to celebrate our year of hard work and dedication to women in liberty.

A Brief History of TOL

Careful readers will notice (and I know all of you are), that TOL actually has posts that date back way before October 2012. In truth, Thoughts on Liberty started as a really shitty Google Site back in 2008. Back then it was just me and my pseudo-political-philosophical ponderings, gifted the domain name by my now-fiance, Anthony Thomas of Cliche Games. Unlike so many things that Google does, Google Sites really blew, so I moved the website over to WordPress a year later. My blogging waxed and waned, as blogging tends to do, ebbing and flowing with my school schedule and motivation up until just last year.

It was in September 2012 that I attended a conference on Hayek, joined by my good friend Elizabeth BeShears (who was then Robinson). At dinner, while we were discussing abortion with some of our fellow seminar-attendees (who were all male), Elizabeth and I bemoaned the fact that there weren’t a whole lot of women libertarian voices that were prominent. We longed for a place where women’s voices were concentrated, where we could talk about things that mattered to us, and make our movement pay attention to them.

That, my friends, got my wheels a-turning.

Just a few weeks later, I sent Elizabeth an email with a formal proposal for what Thoughts on Liberty would be. I included my friend and colleague Rachel Burger, whom I knew from school and respected for her keen editing sense, ability to train great writers, and dedication to the ideas of freedom. I was nervous, afraid that they would say they didn’t have the time or weren’t interested in the project, but both enthusiastically agreed.

Since then, we have hired 8 new writers, designed a new website, gained over 1,000 new followers on Facebook, and have reached hundreds of thousands of people with our work.

But We’re Not Done

We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in just a year, but we’re not done yet. Get excited for the next one, where you will see:

  • A brand new website design, with streamlined author pages, better navigation, and a reviews section!
  • The opportunity to request or purchase Thoughts on Liberty products—show your love for what we do!
  • More writers, more content, and more liberty!
  • And much more!

Thank you to everyone who has made TOL what it is today. This of course includes our wonderful contributors, who keep TOL up to date on its content, news, and the latest in libertarian kerfuffles. Special thanks go to my editors, Rachel Burger—who keeps my head on straight and my sanity intact and who works tirelessly to make sure TOL is the best it can be— and Morgan Scarboro, whose enthusiasm and willingness to learn embodies the essence of what TOL strives to be.

I would be negligent if I didn’t also thank two other people who work entirely behind-the-scenes but who are crucial to TOL’s daily operations: Aaron Goldsmith, who generously copy edits every post that appears on TOL for free, and Anthony Thomas, who not only pays for TOL’s server space and domain name but also rushes to the rescue when something breaks that I can’t fix. He also gets special thanks for putting up with me enough to live with and marry me.

I am proud of what Thoughts on Liberty has done in the past year and what it’s set to become. We’re kicking ass and taking names, and we’re going to keep doing it for many years to come.

Gina Luttrell
Editor-in-Chief
Thoughts on Liberty