I finally met the other member of world’s most exclusive KLUB (Kaiapoi Libertarian Union of Bloggers) last, Rick Giles-of Silent Running fame at an ACT Party gathering the other night.
Like me, Rick hales from the North Canterbury river town of Kaiapoi-about 20 Kms north of Christchurch.
Rick became a libertarian by listening to Objectivist, Lindsay Perigo on the radio while working on his parents farm.
I got on the right track after reading a newspaper article on Ayn Rand by NZ’s numero uno Objectivist Bill Weddell, when I was 18.
Bill Weddell converted Lindsay from socialism to libertarianism a few years later.
There’s a connection there that only libertarian Kaiapovians can possibly hope to fathom.
Rick has just spent the last month in a Michigan slammer after running foul of US border officials.
Rick overstayed his visa by six days and when attempting to cross into Canada was hauled away for a months R&R on the US taxpayer.
Held almost incommunicado, with no access to a lawyer Rick’s faith in the land of the free was a little shaken.
Like me, Rick still loves what the USA represents, but wishes it could re-discover the ideals that made America the greatest country on earth.