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The Centennial State

Colorado is a state of the western United States encompassing most of the southern Rocky Mountains as well as the northeastern portion of the Colorado Plateau and the western edge of the Great Plains. It is the 8th largest geographically and 21st most populous U.S. state. The estimated population of Colorado was 5,540,545 on 1 July 2016, an increase of 10% since the 2010 United States Census.

Geographical type: Territory

Latitude: 39° N — Longitude: 105.5° W

Area: 269,837 km²

ISO 3166-2 code: US-CO

Birthplace of

Trey Parker, in Denver, on 19 Oct 1969
L. Neil Smith, Lester Neil Smith III, in Denver, on 12 May 1946

Deathplace of

J. Neil Schulman, in Colorado Springs, on 19 Aug 2019
L. Neil Smith, in Fort Collins, on 27 Aug 2021

Measures of Freedom

Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Colorado | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 10, fiscal policy rank: 22, regulatory policy rank: 25, personal freedom rank: 2, economic freedom rank: 27
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers [PDF], Libertarian Party News, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 504


How to Become a Teacher [PDF], by Robert LeFevre, The Voluntaryist, Feb 1983
Autobiographical summary of the events in LeFevre's life that led to the founding of the Freedom School, including LeFevre's relationship with Baldy Harper and the offer for him to lead the School
I'll by-pass the events which finally, after a series of experiences ..., led to the purchase of half a section of land just north of Palmer Lake in Colorado, near where the huge Air Force academy was then being built. I had managed, one way or another and with the assistance of several of my friends from the San Francisco Group, to put together some buildings and launched the Freedom School ... I was, as a matter of fact, earning my living by writing editorials and serving as editorial page editor of the local paper, The Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph.
The think tank boom, by Peter Orvetti, Libertarian Party News, Feb 2000
Discusses the proliferation of state-level "libertarian/conservative think tanks" between 1985-2000, the activities in pursuit of their goals and various examples and quotes from some of the public policy organizations
In Colorado, the Independence Institute is defending the Second Amendment and education reform in the state that witnessed the Columbine shootings less than a year ago. "Our mission is to advance the eternal truths of the Declaration of Independence," said David B. Kopel, the Institute's Research Director. "We have made a difference in the outcome of hundreds of issues before the Colorado legislature, Colorado voters, and local government, including charter schools, inter-district school choice, and enactment of legislation to protect the Second Amendment."
The Wisdom of LeFevre, by Lew Rockwell, The Free Market, Jul 2001
Discusses various aspects of LeFevre's thoughts, e.g., the distinction between true and artificial government, patriotism, and includes excerpts from a draft new Declaration of Independence
In 1957, a businessman and radio personality named Robert LeFevre (1911-1986) founded a very special institution in Colorado Springs, Colorado ... The Freedom School in Colorado was one of the most important institutions for teaching free-market economics in its day. Among its rotating faculty were Rose Wilder Lane, Milton Friedman, F.A. Harper, Frank Chodorov, Leonard Read, Gordon Tullock, G. Warren Nutter, Bruno Leoni, James J. Martin, and even Ludwig von Mises. Among its graduates were Roy Childs, Fred and Charles Koch, Roger MacBride, and many other intellectual activists still working today.


South Park Libertarians, by Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Nick Gillespie, Jesse Walker, Reason, Dec 2006
Transcript of conversation with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, at Reason's August 2006 conference, in Amsterdam, on the future of free expression and free markets in Europe; includes lengthy introduction
Parker: A big key to us is that we both grew up in Colorado in the '80s, and we wanted to be punk rockers. When you were a teenager in Colorado, the way to be a punk rocker was to rip on Reagan and Bush and what they were doing and talk about how everyone in Colorado's a redneck with a gun and all this stuff. Then we went to the University of Colorado at Boulder, and everyone there agreed with us. And we were like, "Well, that's not cool, everyone agrees with us."

The introductory paragraph uses material from the Wikipedia article "Colorado" as of 1 Nov 2018, which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.