Welcome to the Libertarian Hall of Fame
Introduction to the Libertarian Hall Of Fame
We believe the time has come to honor those who, throughout history, fought for individual liberty against tyranny in all its forms.
We’re starting the Libertarian Hall of Fame (LHF) online but will soon acquire a suitable home for the Hall of Fame as well as its companion project, the Grover Cleveland Library and Museum.
Both museums will be located in the same building in Buffalo, New York, where Cleveland, our last Jeffersonian President, served as Mayor.
Buffalo is an appropriate place for a Libertarian Hall of Fame because of its central location in the Northeast United States and its proximity to Canada’s leading city, Toronto, less than two hours away. 40 percent of the U. S. population lives within 500 miles of Buffalo as does 60 percent of Canada’s.
Several potential members of the LHF have ties to Buffalo or Western New York.
Buffalo is the perfect location for another reason. It’s
a historical laboratory experiment in liberty versus statism. Around
1900, in an era of substantial individual liberty, Buffalo rose to
become one of the economic powerhouses on the planet. In the last 45
years, however, it has experienced a continuing decline due to the rise
of big government. In 2004, a movement arose to free Buffalo and free
New York State from big government, political machines and special
interests. That movement was led by Free Buffalo whose statewide
affiliate is Free New York, Inc.
New York’s mission is to continue that historical experiment,
this time by replacing statism with liberty! The Libertarian Hall of
Fame will therefore not only be an end in itself, honoring heroes in
the historical fight for liberty, but will also be an important tool in
reversing the 45-year decline of Buffalo, Western New York and the
entire “Rust Belt.”
We will have an open and public selection process which will
include a massive poll of readers. Our selection committee will be
As we use the term, “Libertarian” refers to someone who has advocated, supported, fought or died for individual liberty or freedom in some important way. We use the term in a broad sense and not in any narrow, doctrinaire, sectarian or partisan way. If a nominee has made a significant contribution to human liberty, she or he will not be disqualified from membership because of a lack of philosophical consistency or personal probity in other areas. Libertarian thought is ancient and though it has been strongest in America, libertarian heroes have existed in all eras and all areas of the globe. This will truly be an international museum.
committee has nominated the following persons for potential membership.
Please vote for ten nominees you believe are most deserving of this
honor. Take the poll here:
Libertarian Hall of Fame Poll
If you wish to nominate other candidates, please do so at our forum. Click here for a comprehensive list of notable libertarians. Here’s our plan and rules. We expect to choose our initial inductees in mid-2007. To join our LHF mailing list, please register here. To make a contribution to Free New York, click here.
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