“I don’t want to say that there’s One True Libertarian parenting style. I’m not even a parent, so plenty of people think I’m disqualified from having an opinion, despite the fact that I have been a child and well aware of my own mind, desires, and agency. I’ve also been a nanny to an incredibly self-possessed child I am honored to still influence as she grows. But I am a libertarian, and I do think that the way I was raised makes my understanding of the principles of self-ownership and non-aggression tremendously engrained in how I reflect on the world, … Continue reading Childhood & Self-Ownership: Is There A Libertarian Way to Parent?
“My last living grandparent died a year ago, on August 28, 2015. My father’s mother. Constance Jacqueline Bouchard Erickson. We called her “Grammy”.She was 83. I don’t have a happy memory to share, really. I last saw my Grammy when I was about eight or nine years old. I don’t remember much except the smell of cigarettes and particular sensations, like the feeling of the upholstery of her couch and the way her voice touched my ears.” Read more at Taste it Twice. Continue reading To Grammy…
Marc Clair & I discussed my upbringing by libertarian parents, my frustrations with libertarian contrarianism, and more. Links can be found on Lions of Liberty, but I’m including the podcast YouTube video (just audio) here: Continue reading What’s It Like to Grow Up Libertarian? Avens O’Brien on Lions of Liberty!
It was suggested that I should answer this question presented by FEE.org. “My mother and father sparked my interest in Liberty… …I’m profoundly grateful that I never even needed a spark – I was born within the flames of Liberty, and I’ve been trying to warm the world ever since.” Read more at FEE.org. Continue reading What Sparked Your Interest in Liberty?
I am getting on a plane tonight to attend Anarchapulco, in Acapulco, Mexico. I’m bringing my Sony camera set up (lovingly gifted by Judd Weiss), and am the official photographer of the event (there will be a few of us taking pictures, but I’m committed to really capturing the entire event).
This is exciting for me, and I look forward to sharing the shots.
In the meantime, I wanted to link to the albums of work I’ve done for liberty events so far.
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“I had numerous options in that moment about how I could react to the situation – the only thing I couldn’t control is what other people did. What they thought or what they felt or what they said to me. I have no control over that. I can only control me. There will always be people who observe me as an object. They’d do that whether or not I was sexy, they’ll do that because that’s what some people do. We each determine what is valuable to us and we start judging everyone by their weight on our scale. “ Read … Continue reading Our Boobs Are Not The Problem
“So, for those curious about pagan versions of Christmas carols, or those seeking them to sing for yourselves or your own children, I’m going to post the lyrics I grew up with.” Read more at Taste it Twice. Continue reading The Winter Solstice