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    Advocates for Self-Government is a non-profit, non-partisan libertarian educational organization. It was founded in 1985 by Marshall Fritz, who died in 2009. As of 2017, Michael Sertic heads the organization as its president, and Brett Bittner is the executive director. Chris Rufer is the chairman of the board of directors.

    Address

    Sacramento, California

    Events

    14 Oct - 16 Oct 2005, The Advocates for Self-Government 20th Anniversary Celebration, "Fastforwarding Our Libertarian Future!", in Atlanta, Georgia

    Mission

    About The Advocates - The Advocates for Self-Government
    To equip people to understand, embrace, and advocate the values of self-government ...
    1. Understanding Self-Government
      Good government is no substitute for self-government. – Mohandas K. Gandhi ...
    2. Embracing Self-Government
      The qualifications for self-government in society are not innate. They are the result of habit and long training. – Thomas Jefferson ...
    3. Advocating Self-Government
      That government is best which governs not at all; and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. – Henry David Thoreau ...

    Staff and Associates

    Joseph BastBoard of Advisors
    David BerglandBoard of Advisors
    Ken BissonFounding member, past Chairman, current Board of Directors member
    Walter BlockBoard of Advisors
    Neal BoortzBoard of Advisors
    R. W. BradfordBoard of Advisors
    Barbara BrandenBoard of Advisors
    Harry BrowneBoard of Advisors
    Steve BucksteinBoard of Advisors
    Doug CaseyBoard of Advisors
    Ed ClarkBoard of Advisors
    Michael CloudBoard of Advisors
    Marshall FritzFounder, Board Member Emeritus
    Joseph FuhrigBoard of Directors member, 1985-2003
    John FundBoard of Advisors
    Sharon HarrisPresident, May 1995-May 2015
    John HospersBoard of Advisors
    Hubert JongenBoard of Advisors
    Jim LarkBoard of Directors Member, October 2003- ; Chair of the Board of Directors, May 2009-
    Tibor MachanBoard of Advisors
    Richard J. MayburyBoard of Advisors
    Wendy McElroyBoard of Advisors
    Russell MeansBoard of Advisors
    Vince MillerBoard of Advisors
    Tonie NathanBoard of Advisors
    David NolanBoard of Advisors
    Ron PaulBoard of Advisors
    Robert W. Poole, Jr.Board of Advisors
    Carole Ann RandPresident, 1990-1995; Chair of the Board of Directors
    Andrea RichBoard of Advisors
    Sheldon RichmanBoard of Advisors
    Mary RuwartBoard of Advisors
    Fred L. SmithBoard of Advisors
    David J. TherouxBoard of Advisors
    Clifford F. ThiesBoard of Advisors
    Richard TimberlakeBoard of Advisors
    Jarret WollsteinBoard of Advisors

    Websites

    TheAdvocates.org - The Advocates for Self-Government
    Website includes the World's Smallest Political Quiz, Human Respect Tests, surveys on various issues, libertarian FAQ, libertarian movement information and advocacy programs (such as Operation Politically Homeless)

    Web Pages

    The Advocates for Self-Government - YouTube
    YouTube channel of the Advocates for Self-Government
    Libertarianism 101 - The Advocates for Self-Government
    Includes introductory video by Marshall Fritz, summary of libertarian principles, goals and whether libertarians are conservative or liberal
    Libertarians believe that this combination of personal and economic liberty produces abundance, peace, harmony, creativity, order and safety. Indeed, that is one of the central lessons of world history. Virtually all the progress the human race has enjoyed during the past few centuries is due to the increasing acceptance of these principles ... Libertarians believe that, on every issue, you have the right to decide for yourself what's best for you and to act on that belief as long as you respect the right of other people to do the same and deal with them peacefully and honestly.
    Related Topic: Libertarianism
    Libertarian Celebrities - The Advocates for Self-Government
    List and short profiles of famous or notable libertarian or libertarian-leaning individuals
    Some of your favorite famous people just may be libertarian! Check out this definitive list of celebrities who believe in individual liberty, free markets, and peace. Just about everyone has libertarian views on some issues, and many people are libertarian but don't know there's a name for what they believe (or who choose not to publicly label their views). However, we have a special criteria for someone making this list: they have publicly declared themselves "libertarian."
    Related Topic: Libertarianism

    Articles

    David F. Nolan - The Advocates for Self-Government
    Includes photo, biography and the essay "Nolan: Innovator for Liberty" by James W. Harris
    Dave played with the concept until he designed what would later be known as "the Nolan Chart" — the famous two-axis political grid that is embodied in the Advocates' Diamond Chart today ... That obscurity ended abruptly when Advocates Founder Marshall Fritz — searching for new, effective ways to communicate libertarian ideas — became excited by the chart's possibilities in the early 1980's ... [Dave is] a strong supporter of the Advocates and serves on the informal advisory board that reviews significant proposed changes to the Quiz ... In 1989, the Advocates gave Dave a plaque honoring his pathbreaking insight.
    David Nolan: A leading 20th Century thinker?, Libertarian Party News, Aug 1999
    News article about Nolan's inclusion in the book 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century, his reaction and his choices of who would he include in such a list
    Although the IBC [International Biographical Centre] did not explain their selection criteria to Nolan, he speculated his inclusion was due to the so-called Nolan Chart ... "I'm pretty sure it's because of my two-axis 'map' of the political universe," he said. "It's appeared in countless textbooks by now, and Sharon Harris at the Advocates for Self-Government told me their online Political Quiz [based on the Nolan Chart] is one of the most linked-to sites on the Web, with over 3,000 links. That's actually pretty impressive."
    Related Topics: Libertarianism, David Nolan
    David Nolan: An Appreciation, by Thomas L. Knapp, 25 Nov 2010
    A memorial tribute to Nolan, his chart and his involvement with the libertarian movement and the LP
    He was not the first person to propose a bi-dimensional system of political taxonomy to replace the traditional "left-right" spectrum, but his 1971 implementation of such a system, the "Nolan chart," is generally recognized as a breakthrough. As of 2008, Advocates for Self-Government had introduced 11.5 million people to the "Nolan Chart" through the World's Smallest Political Quiz online (more than 4 million of whom located themselves in the "libertarian" quadrant of the chart), and countless millions more on the ground through "Operation Politically Homeless."
    Related Topics: Libertarian Party, David Nolan

    Publications

    The Liberator Online
    E-mail, weekly, free
    The Liberator Online is for anyone interested in liberty — whether you are a long-time libertarian or just took the World’s Smallest Political Quiz and want to find out more.
    The Libertarian Communicator
    Hard copy, 2000-2005
    As the name suggests, the purpose of The Libertarian Communicator is to help libertarians become more powerful, more effective, more successful communicators of the ideas of liberty.

    The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Advocates for Self-Government" as of 11 Jun 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.