Professor of philosophy, 1972 Libertarian Presidential candidate
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    John Hospers (9 June 1918 – 12 June 2011) was an American philosopher and political activist. Hospers was interested in Objectivism and was once a friend of Ayn Rand, though she later broke with him. In 1972 Hospers became the first presidential candidate of the Libertarian Party, and was the only minor party candidate to receive an electoral vote in that year's U.S. presidential election.


    Hospers, John (1918-2011), by David Boaz, The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
    Biographical essay
    "John Hospers is a philosopher and the first presidential nominee of the U.S. Libertarian Party. Hospers is best known to philosophers for his work in aesthetics, especially his book Understanding the Arts. ... In New York, he became acquainted with Ayn Rand and helped introduce her work to professional philosophers as editor of The Personalist and The Monist. In 1971, he published a comprehensive work, Libertarianism: A Political Philosophy for Tomorrow. That book and his academic stature made him the first presidential candidate of the fledgling Libertarian Party in 1972."
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    Advocates for Self-Government, Board of Advisors
    University of Southern California, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy

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    John Hospers - Libertarian
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    Libertarian Party: History: Presidential & Vice-Presidential Candidates: 1972: Hospers/Nathan
    "Presidential Candidate: John Hospers; Vice Presidential Candidate: Theodora (Tonie) Nathan; On the ballot: 2 states; Votes: 3,907"
    Our Campaigns - Candidate Detail Page: Hospers, John


    An open reply to John Hospers, by Brad Spangler, Rational Review, 25 Oct 2004
    "... I write a rebuttal to the sincere plea of a beloved Libertarian Elder Statesman. ... Those who waste their efforts on either major party candidate this election cycle may regret wasting time in not promoting the Libertarian alternative ... There is no libertarian case for Bush. Give 'em hell, Mr. Badnarik, give 'em hell."
    Related Topic: Michael Badnarik
    Begrudging Another Battle of Ballot-Boxing, by Kenneth R. Gregg, 23 Nov 2006
    Explains how those seeking power through politics are led to compromise, even if they are members of a group espousing principles over expediency, and urges others not to ballot-box but instead vote in the marketplace and the social realm
    "When John Hospers arrived at the Los Angeles Airport from the first Libertarian Party Convention in Colorado, June, 1972, I was there waiting for a friend of mine ... When I saw Dr. Hospers (we had met previously at a USC Conference), I asked him ... what fool had received the LP Convention nomination as their presidential candidate. He looked at me somewhat oddly and mumbled to me as he passed on. I discovered later that he was the Grand Elector."
    Hero of the Day - John Hospers (2), The Daily Objectivist
    John Hospers - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000
    The 1977 Libertarian Party National Convention, by Tom Avery, Tom G. Palmer, Libertarian Review, Oct 1977
    Recounts the main events of the convention, highlighting several of the speakers and their messages
    "One of the highlights of the afternoon was a talk by Prof. John Hospers, professor of Philosophy at USC, 1976 LP candidate for President, and author of the highly acclaimed work Libertarianism. Prof. Hospers gave a moving analysis of 'Libertarianism and the Arts,' stressing the power of art to communicate moral and political situations and ideals. Hospers read a few stirring passages from the novels of Alexander Solzhenitsyn to drive home his point. The audience gave Dr. Hospers a warm standing ovation."


    A Libertarian Argument Against Opening Borders [PDF], The Journal of Libertarian Studies, 1998
    Libertarianism and Legal Paternalism [PDF], The Journal of Libertarian Studies, 1980
    Libertarian Thoughts Reborn, 23 Aug 2003


    Interview with John Hospers, by John Hospers, Karen Minto, Full Context, Jun 1998


    John Hospers: From 1776 to 1984, 12 Jul 1984
    Hospers compares the American Revolution to the scenes in Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, as well as the year this talk was given and Huxley's Brave New Wold; presented at the Libertarian International conference in London

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