Steve Farrell Founder and Editor-In-Chief of The Self-Educated American and its predecessor The Moral Liberal (2009-Present), Founder and Editor-In-Chief of Stiff Right Jab (2008-2009), Press Agent for Defend Marriage (2003-2004), Managing Editor of the wildly popular upstart Right Magazine (1998-1999), one of the original and most popular pundits at NewsMax.com (1999-2008), and author of the highly praised inspirational novel, Dark Rose (2003).
T.F. Stern is a retired City of Houston police officer, self-employed locksmith, and gifted political and social commentator. His popular and insightful blog, T.F. Sterns Rantings, has been up and at it since January of 2005. T.F. has been serving at The Moral Liberal since its inception in December of 2009.
FEATURED CONTRIBUTING EDITOR & C.S. LEWIS SCHOLAR
Philip Vander Elst is a British freelance writer, lecturer and C.S. Lewis scholar. After graduating from Oxford in 1973, with a degree in politics and philosophy, he spent more than 30 years in politics and journalism, serving in free market think-tanks like the Centre for Policy Studies and the Institute of Economic Affairs, and writing for conservative and libertarian papers on both sides of the Atlantic, including the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, Human Events, the American Spectator, and the Freeman. Since 2003 he has become increasingly engaged in Christian apologetics, having made his own journey from atheism to faith during the 1970s. He is the author of many and varied publications including: C.S. Lewis: a short introduction (Continuum 2005), Is There No God? the improbability of atheism (Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship, bethinking.org 2010), Can we be free without God? (bethinking.org 2010), From atheism to Christianity: a personal journey (bethinking,org 2011), Power Against People: a Christian critique of the State (The Moral Liberal 2012), and The Principles of British Foreign Policy (Bruges Group 2008). An experienced speaker and former officer of the prestigious Oxford Union Debating Society, Philip has completed nine lecture tours of the United States since 1975, speaking in many American universities and colleges, including Mary Baldwin, the University of Richmond, the University of Colorado, Washington and Lee, Georgetown University, the University of Alabama, George Mason University, the University of Virginia, West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Patrick Lee is a professional speaker, actor and writer. Since 1990, he has inspired, entertained and educated audiences from Maine to Hawaii with his authentic, first person keynote presentations as Thomas Jefferson, Daniel Boone, and William Clark, of Lewis and Clark fame. He also appears as himself, The Hopeful Humorist™, with a program of motivational humor, patriotism and inspiration. He is the author of the book “Mosquitoes, Gnats & Prickly Pear Cactus: The Lewis & Clark Review.” He holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri. Patrick’s business name is Jefferson Leadership. His web site is JeffersonLeadership.com.
Bruce Deitrick Price is a life-long novelist, painter, poet and education activist. He is the author of five books with number six, Saving K-12, scheduled for release on November 17, 2017. His Improve-Education.org is a must visit, stay for a spell, and come back again and again education resource wonder of a site. Also stop by Lit4u.com for news about his novels and his soon to be released Saving K-12.
Israel Kalman is a nationally certified school psychologist and creator of Bullies to Buddies, a program that reduces bullying by teaching the practical application of the Golden Rule. Since 1978 he has been working as school psychologist and a psychotherapist. The methods he has developed he believes are the quickest, easiest, and most natural that exist, and are consistent with all major schools of psychology, philosophy and religion. His website is www.Bullies2Buddies.com. He blogs at Psychology Today.
Carl L. Bankston III is Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology, Tulane University. He is the author and co-author of a number of books and numerous articles published in academic journals. An incomplete list of his books includes: Growing Up American: How Vietnamese Children Adapt to Life in the United States (with Min Zhou, 1998), Blue Collar Bayou: Louisiana Cajuns in the New Economy of Ethnicity (with Jacques Henry, 2002), and A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School Desegregation in Louisiana (2002), Forced to Fail: The Paradox of School Desegregation (hardback, 2005; paperback, 2007), and Public Education – America’s Civil Religion: A Social History (2009) (all with Stephen J. Caldas). View Professor Bankston’s full bio, here.
The Late Dr. Jonathan Dolhenty is the co-Founder and Honorary President of The Moral Liberal’s latest project, The Center for Applied Philosophy (The Radical Academy). His life’s labors, tireless labors, inspire us all. We hope we can only follow his example and build upon his legacy.
Ricky Valadez (besides being a gifted political philosopher & devout lover of liberty & truth) is an award-winning composer with a distinct and recognizable musical style that blends orchestral, cinematic and pop elements. The Berklee College of Music alumnus has composed and produced music through a broad spectrum ranging from electronic to pop to dramatic film music to classical. His music has been featured worldwide in commercials, musicals, feature films, and on television. He serves on the 8-time Emmy® Award winning (16 nominations) media team BOLDRUSH, as music composer & producer for 5-Strings, and he has also collaborated with such Internet sensations as Alex Boye & the Piano Guys in the composition, production, or performance of several music videos. In Ricky Valadez’s music one can sense an unquenchable curiosity that seeks to discover the unexplored possibilities of music. He is passionately driven by the conviction that music can be a powerful force in advancing individuals toward their infinite potential. Ricky attributes God as the sacred source from whom all invention and inspiration flow. Learn more about Ricky Valadez at RickyValadez.com
Dennis Behreandt was the Founder, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the American Daily Herald, and a contributor (and former editor) at The New American (print edition). Dennis holds a degree in history and has studied theology at the graduate level. He has written widely on topics including science, technology, philosophy, economics and politics.
Selwyn Duke is a gifted writer, thinker whose work has been published widely online and in print. He is a contributor at The New American (print edition), a regular guest host and commentator for the award winning Michael Savage Show. He has also been featured on The Rush Limbaugh Show.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & WEBMASTER OF THE RADICAL ACADEMY RESTORATION PROJECT
Carol Soelberg is the President of United Families International. Carol also is a mother, community volunteer, and committed pro-family activist. As the mother of thirteen children and forty-nine grandchildren, Carol understands the crucial role families play in a healthy society. Carol and her husband, Glade, were named the United States National Parents of the year (2006). Carol was a principle organizer of the 2001 Southwest World Congress of Families, the 2002 New York World Congress of Families, and the 2003 Defend Marriage & Family Conference. Carol served as President of UFI from 2006-2008 as well as serving as President of United Families Arizona and as the Arizona Defend Marriage Project Chairperson. In 2011 Carol began serving once again as President of United Families International. As a much-requested speaker, Carol’s resume includes being a presenter at World Congress of Families IV as well as family symposiums in California, Texas, and Arizona. Carol has a B.A. in Education and Home, Family, and Child Development. Her archives are found here.
Bob Barr represented the 7th District of Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1995 to 2003, serving as a senior member of the Judiciary Committee, as Vice-Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and as a member of the Committee on Financial Services. He was the 2008 Libertarian nominee for President of the United States. He now practices law with the Law Offices of Edwin Marger, and runs a consulting firm, Liberty Strategies LLC, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and with offices in the Washington, D.C. area. Barr works tirelessly to help preserve our fundamental right to privacy and our other civil liberties guaranteed in the Bill of Rights.
Dr. Tim Ball is Chief Science Advisor at the International Climate Science Coalition. Previously Dr. Ball founded and served as Director of Rupert’s Land Research Centre, as Professor of Climatology at the University of Winnipeg, as Chairman of the Canadian Committee on Climatic Fluctuation and Man, and as a Member, Manitoba Water Commission. Tim received his B.A. (with Honours, Gold Medal Winner) at the University of Winnipeg (1970), his M.A. from the University of Manitoba (1971), Ph.D. (Doctor of Science) from Queen Mary College, University of London (England) (1982). Dr. Ball presently resides in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and is the author of two important new books on climate science and policy, “Human Caused Global Warming. The Biggest Deception in History” and “The Deliberate Corruption of Climate Science.” Learn about presentations being offered by Dr. Ball. Watch “On Scientific Ignorance,” a presentation by Dr. Ball. Contact him by e-mail by clicking here.
Chris Clancy lived in China for seven years. Most of this time was spent as associate professor of financial accounting at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan City, Hubei Province. He now lives in Thailand where he spends his time reading, writing, lecturing and, whenever he gets the chance, doing his level best to spread Austrian economics
Lt. Colonel Andre Dean is a 27-year retired Army airborne ranger officer from Midway, Texas. He is a 1986 honor graduate from Texas A&M University and a 1990 University of Texas at Austin, masters recipient.
Tom DeWeese is one of the nation’s leading advocates of individual liberty, free enterprise, private property rights, personal privacy, back-to-basics education and American sovereignty and independence. A native of Ohio, he’s been a candidate for the Ohio Legislature, served as editor of two newspapers, and has owned several businesses since the age of 23. In 1989 Tom led the only privately-funded election-observation team to the Panamanian elections. In 2006 Tom was invited to Cambridge University to debate the issue of the United Nations before the Cambridge Union, a 200 year old debating society. Today he serves as Founder and President of the American Policy Center and editor of The DeWeese Report.
Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow, a ten-year Colorado resident, legislative aide for former US Senator Bill Armstrong of Colorado, former policy analyst for the US Department of the Interior, and author of Eco-Imperialism: Green Power Black Death.
William J. Federer, nationally known speaker, best selling author, president of Americsearch, Inc.
Leonard O. Goenaga is an Adjunct Professor at Wingate University and President and Co-Founder of The Bard Company. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and a Master of Divinity in Christian Ethics from Southeastern Theological Seminary in Christian Ethics (his Ph.D. Thesis Title: Covenant and Constitution: An Appraisal of Covenant as an Ecclesial, Marital, and Political idea), a double-major Bachelors of Arts, the first in Political Science (with a specific concentration in Political Theory, Social Contract, and Constitutionalism), and the second in Religious Studies (with a concentration in World Religions and Early Christianity) from Florida International University, and an A.A. in Entrepreneurship from Miami Dade College.
Tom Harris is Executive Director of the Ottawa-based International Climate Science Coalition (ICSC), a non-partisan group of independent scientists, economists, and energy and policy experts formed in 2008 to promote better understanding of climate science and policy worldwide. The ICSC aims to help create an environment in which a more rational, open discussion about climate issues emerges, thereby moving the debate away from implementation of costly and ineffectual “climate control” measures. Instead ICSC encourages assisting vulnerable peoples to adapt to climate variability and continuing scientific research into the causes and impacts of climate change. ICSC also focuses on publicizing the repercussions of misguided plans to “solve the climate crisis”. Mr. Harris has 30 years’ experience as a mechanical engineer/project manager, science and technology communications professional, and technical trainer. He was science and technology advisor to a former Opposition senior environment critic in Canada’s Parliament. From 2006 to 2008, he was executive director of the Natural Resources Stewardship Project (Canada).
Mark Hendrickson is Adjunct Professor of Economics at Grove City College, where he has taught since 2004. He is also a Fellow for Economic and Social Policy with The Center for Vision & Values, for which he writes regular commentaries. He is a contributing editor of The St. Croix Review, sits on the Council of Scholars of the Commonwealth Foundation, and writes the weekly “No Panaceas” column in the Op/Ed section of Forbes.com. His published books include: America’s March Toward Communism (1987); The Morality of Capitalism (editor, 1992); Famous But Nameless: Inspiration and Lessons from the Bible’s Anonymous Characters (2011); and God and Man on Wall Street: The Conscience of Capitalism (with Craig Columbus, 2012). His commentaries have been published in The Freeman, Reason, New Guard, Human Events, The Washington Times, The Washington Examiner, The Christian Science Monitor, AmericanThinker.com, and USAToday.com, among others.
Dr. Kelvin Kemm is a nuclear physicist and business strategy consultant in Pretoria, South Africa. He is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), based in Washington, DC (www.CFACT.org) and received the prestigious Lifetime Achievers Award of the National Science and Technology Forum of South Africa.
Ed Kugler, is a former Marine sniper who served two consecutive tours in Vietnam. He is also a former atheist and recovering alcoholic who after converting to Christianity (and without a college degree), so turned his life around that he went from truck driver and mechanic to three jobs in Fortune 50 companies where he climbed the latter of success from supervisor to Vice President of a worldwide $2 billion operation in one of America’s fastest growing companies at the time – Compaq Computer. And get this, despite flunking high school English, Ed has since authored sixteen books.
Lloyd Marcus, is the Chairman of the Conservative Campaign Committee, and is an internationally renowned writer, speaker, singer/songwriter and entertainer, who holds a prominent place in the historic Tea Party Movement. Of the latter he has been a spokesperson for 7 Tea Party Express national bus tours, as well as entertainer, performing his original song, “American Tea Party Anthem”, at over 400 tea parties nationwide. He is also the author of “Confessions of a Black Conservative: How the Left has Shattered the Dreams of Martin Luther King Jr., and Black America” (click here), and the Chairman of The Campaign To Defeat Barrack Obama. Marcus has appeared as a guest on Fox News and CNN. Visit LloydMarcus.com.
David Rothbard is president and co-founder of the Washington, DC-based Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org and www.CFACT.tv). He has provided vision, guidance, and oversight to help build CFACT into a global presence, with activities on three continents and the support of more than 50 internationally-recognized scientists and experts. Rothbard has testified before Congress and various state legislatures; is a regular speaker on college campuses and at policy gatherings in the U.S. and around the world; and has led delegations to numerous UN environmental summits
Craig Rucker is a co-founder of Executive Director of the Washington, DC-based Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org and www.CFACT.tv). For over 20 years, Craig has provided expertise to a wide range of government, academic, media, and industry forums. He serves as co-host of CFACT’s daily national radio commentary called “Just the Facts” that has been airing on some 125 radio stations from coast to coast since 1993.
Dr. Earl H. Tilford is a military historian and Fellow for the Middle East & Terrorism with The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. Previously Dr. Tilford served as Professor of History at Grove City College (2001-2009), Civilian Director of Research at the US Army’s Strategic Studies Institute at the Army War College (1993-2001), and in the US Air Force (1969-1993). Served as an intelligence officer in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War (1970-1971); as an intelligence briefing officer at SAC (Strategic Air Command) Headquarters (1972-1975); as an historian in the Office of Air Force History, Washington, DC (1975-1979); as an instructor in the Dept. of History at the US Air Force Academy (1979-1981); and finally as Editor of the Air University Review and instructor at the Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College, at Air University (1979-1993).
He is the author of five books: A History of U.S. Air Force Search and Rescue Operations in Southeast Asia, 1961-1975, Washington, DC: Center for Air Force History, 1982, 212 pages — Setup: What the Air Force Did in Vietnam, and Why, Montgomery, Alabama: Air University Press, 1991, 308 pages — Crosswinds: The Air Force’s Setup in Vietnam, College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, 1993, 252 pages — The Eagle in the Desert, A Look Back at the Persian Gulf War, Westport, Connecticut, Praeger Press, 1996, 352 pages, (Anthology edited with William Head) — Turning the Tide: The University of Alabama in the 1960s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press, 2014. 253 pages. Additionally, while serving at Office of Air Force History (as noted above) from 1975-1979, he worked on the 14 volume official history of US Air Force operations in Southeast Asia, 1961 through 1975. He also the author of numerous articles published both online and in print, in academic journals and a variety of other publications.
He currently lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.
Featured Writer (In Remembrance)
Alan Caruba passed away on June 15, 2015 at age 77 after what we thought was a minor surgery with an expected 3 day recovery. A prolific author, book reviewer (founding member of the National Book Critics Circle), humorist (creator of a media spoof The Boring Institute), business and science writer, constitutionalist, founder of the National Anxiety Center, and in more recent years a renowned opponent of the politically motivated fear mongering of the environmental community. Alan more often than not penned several columns per day, all of them full of wit and wisdom with a common theme of facts over fantasy, and an amazingly consistent ability, no matter the subject matter, to maintain and upbeat, problem solving, hopeful approach. It was near impossible to walk away from an Alan Caruba column feeling negative even when the subject matter was. Read Alan’s Obituary here.
We encourage you to read again and again your favorite Alan Caruba columns here at TML (We have some 1300 plus columns of Alan’s – which represents only a fraction of his volumous work), and share them with your friends.
Alan, we love you and miss you! Thanks for inspiring us with your tireless efforts in the cause of liberty! Until we meet again!
The following organizations have given permission to Self-Educated American (formerly The Moral Liberal) to republish (some or all) of their alerts, news releases, commentary, and or other articles:
- American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ)
- CATO Institute
- Democratic Thinker
- Eagle Forum
- Education Liberty Watch
- The Heritage Foundation
- Institute for Justice
- Liberty Counsel
- The Center for Vision and Values (at Grove City College)
- The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE.org)
- The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE.org)
- United Families International