Psychologist, executive director of Resources for Independent Thinking
Sharon Presley

Sharon Presley (born 23 March 1943), is an American libertarian feminist, writer, activist and retired lecturer in psychology.

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Sharon Presley

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Laissez Faire Books, Founder
Association of Libertarian Feminists, Executive Director (formerly known as National Coordinator)

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Voltairine de Cleyre: Exquisite Rebel
Includes biography page, text of many of her essays and links to other web resources
Related Topic: Voltairine de Cleyre

Web Pages

Sharon Presley - Libertarian
Advocates for Self-Government


Sharon Presley - Hero of the Day, The Daily Objectivist, 2000


La Boétie, Étienne de (1530-1563), The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, 15 Aug 2008
Biographical essay, focusing on the message of La Boétie's Discourse on Voluntary Servitude
"Étienne de La Boétie was a French political theorist and author of the Discourse of Voluntary Servitude. ... Although Rothbard considers his tone pessimistic—La Boétie believed people have come to love their servitude—he sees a note of hope in the essay. People become used to servitude; once it is thrown off and the bulwark of habit removed, tyranny may be difficult to reestablish. The masses may not be willing, but a few clear thinking individuals may save it: 'Even if liberty had entirely perished from the earth, such men would invent it.'"
Libertarian Feminism: An Honorable Tradition, 2 Dec 2014
Traces the feminist tradition from individualist anarchists in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century, to the creation in 1973 of the Association of Libertarian Feminists and on to present activism
"By the 1970s only a handful of libertarian women and men spoke out on libertarian feminist ideas, its heritage seemingly forgotten. However Tonie (Theodora) Nathan (1923-2014), an Oregon journalist, changed that. In 1973, she founded the Association of Libertarian Feminists (ALF) in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. At the Libertarian Party Convention in New York City in 1975, the national ALF group was founded. Its website came along in 1997. ... As ALF's Executive Director, I am pleased to report that ALF continues its activism today with a Facebook page, newsletters, essays, a blog, and a YouTube Channel, which will soon have new interviews."
Voltairine de Cleyre |, Libertarian Review, Mar 1979
Biographical essay, discussing Cleyre's life, views on anarchism and marriage, and contrasting her to Emma Goldman
"In An American Anarchist: the Life of Voltairine de Cleyre (Princeton University Press, 1978), Avrich makes that legend come alive, revealing not only Voltairine de Cleyre the anarchist but Voltairine de Cleyre the person as well. ... Born in a small village in Michigan in 1866, Voltairine, plagued all her life by poverty, pain and ill health, died prematurely at the age of 45 in 1912. The short span of her life, ending before the great events of the 20th century, is, in Avrich's opinion, the major reason why Voltairine de Cleyre has been overlooked, unlike the longer-lived Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman."

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