Activist, Contributing Author
My name is Jonathan (Jon) Plante, and I am a liberty activist based in the Greater Boston Area of Massachusetts. My activist path has taken several turns. I have been interested in politics since I was eight-years-old, when I read The Declaration of Independence. After that, I immediately read The Constitution, and then became increasingly interested in history and government. Due to these great works of writing and political significance, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison have always been my historical role models, and I have tried to politically align myself with principles for which they stood, such as equality, small and limited government, a balanced budget, and low taxes.
In 2010, when it came time for me to register to vote, I tried to pick a Party that I believed closely held the principles of Jefferson and Madison; however, I was young and naïve: I registered as a Republican, thinking that the Party upheld those principles. In fact, up until this past election, I was registered as a Republican. Deep inside, I always knew that I wasn’t a ‘conservative.’ Thinking that I had to choose between being a Democrat or a Republican, I identified as ‘libertarian’ Republican. I also admired ‘libertarian-minded’ Republicans like Jack Kemp, Bill Weld (although now he’s a Libertarian), Ron Paul, and Justin Amash. So, I figured if they were able to be Republicans, but be ‘libertarian,’ I could, too. But I was wrong. The Republican Party is dominated by its conservative-culture, and its libertarians have lost their influence; its conservatism is destroying the values upon which this great Nation was built. With that said, I am now a registered Libertarian. And, man, does that feel good.
Recently, I have become a volunteer of the Johnson/Weld campaign, and am the Youth for Johnson/Weld Chapter Leader at Northeastern University. I’ve attended rallies, stand-outs, made close to a thousand phone calls, knocked on doors, and been interviewed by the press. I’ve also taught my friends and family some of the basic principles of libertarianism. I’ve noticed how much I have been enjoying my activism that I now want to write about it. As an economist at heart, most of my articles will be economic-driven; but I will always include our philosophy of liberty, too!