Gary P. Gibson
Who is he: Gary Gibson is a freelance writer and editor-at-large. He got his start with Agora Financial as managing editor for their "free-wheeling, free market" newsletter "Whiskey & Gunpowder," which he still manages and contributes to as a freelancer.
Gibson initially established himself as squarely libertarian in his views from his editorial perch at Agora Financial, but over time has drifted to a more Rothbardian anarcho-capitalist view.
Gibson has written against centralized banking, fiat currency and any sort of government stimulus, and in defense of competing currencies, the market-driven supremacy of precious metals as money, and the supremacy of market processes over any political ones. This last part has led him gradually from support of minimal government to a desire to have no government at all, allowing for a completely free market in every sense of human decision-making. Gibson espouses a belief in the natural spontaneous ordering of human society.
Though now an avowed atheist, anarcho-capitalist and apolitical voluntaryist, Gary remains sympathetic to libertarians, Objectivists and minarchists who all share the goal of rolling back government from where it is.
While Gibson is on record as rooting for a Ron Paul presidential win in 2012, Gary concedes that it is unlikely and probably for the best. Gibson believes some significant degree of economic and social collapse is both inevitable and necessary. Having a libertarian president during such tumultuous times may not make the masses amenable to that political ideology.
Background: Gary Phil Gibson was born in 1976 in a suburb of the capital city of the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent & the Grenadines three years before that country achieved full independence from the United Kingdom. In fact, Gary's family had already emigrated to the US, living in Brooklyn, New York for over month when independence was formally announced.
Gibson spent most of his childhood in parochial school and has sampled a wide range of religious and political beliefs, moving from mild to fundamentalist Christianity to contemplative atheism and from gentle leftism through Objectivism and libertarianism to apolitical anarchism.
Over the course of his life he has abandoned faith in centralized power and myths of any sort. And while Gary Gibson sees atheism and anarchism as fully compatible with reason, peace and progress, he remains sympathetic to others who strive to reduce what he sees as the disruptive influence of governments, even when those others don't line up squarely with his own philosophy.
Professional punditry is Gibson's second or third career, depending on who's counting. He got his B.A. from Fordham University in 1996 and almost immediately failed to put his college education to any real use, when he got a job as a technician with the phone company. Gibson worked on his writing craft in secret over the next 12 years.
Gary Gibson became an acquaintance and then friend of writer James Howard Kunstler who mentored him and recommended him to Agora Financial in 2008. After a productive run as a salaried editor and writer with the company, Gary went freelance to travel the globe and work with others in the free-market publishing world.
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