Interview originally posted at Speak Liberty Now. Nick Grant, co-founder of Speak Liberty Now: You know when you haven’t known someone for too long, but you feel as if you’ve known them forever? Well, for the short time I’ve known Tiffany Madison, that is exactly how I feel about my Texan partner and good friend; what a privilege it has been, too. It has been one large net gain, actually. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I can honestly tell you there is no one I know more generous, caring and real, but she wouldn’t tell you that. You have to get to know her interests and what she stands for [and be willing to put up with her political rants at 2am. Hah! Love 'em, T. Mad!] to get a glimpse of the person she is.
I’d like to direct you here [because she didn't] for a sneak peek of what she is working on. The best seller list ought to keep a ‘candle in the window because this bad boy is a comin’ home.
One other thing that she wouldn’t say herself, but is abundantly clear when you read her words – she’s bright, intensely articulate, and one hell of a writer. Let me quote her from one of her responses below; that should tell you all you need to know.
I am an American born and bred free. To remain silent in the face of injustice is against my nature and a sin against greater men before me that sacrificed for my right to speak the truth.
What is your name/pen name?
My name is Tiffany Madison.
What Facebook page(s) do you help administrate?
I co-administrate Speak Liberty NOW and 9 other Facebook pages, though SLN is the only political page.
Do you have a website/ blog? If you do, what is it about?
I do have website TiffanyMadison.com, which contains articles, short fiction, and extras from my previously published novel Black and White (being edited for publication in hard copy now). I am not much of a blogger per say, so I’m more active on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Facebook is my primary place of interaction, though I’m going to post more on the site in 2013!
What is the focus of your page?
The focus of Speak Liberty NOW is as the name implies: translate current events and social, political and economic issues through lens of liberty. So often the liberty movement fails to communicate our fundamental ideas to those that are just now learning of the mission and message. We want to change that and we want to provoke discussion.
Do you have a favorite page (other than the awesome one you dedicate your time to)?
I do, but I cannot choose just one. For organizations, I perk up anytime I see something from Bastiat Institute or Mises Institute. I admire Fredric Bastiat and Mises, and unlike other pages dedicated to scholars, they stay relevant and true to the causes of the thinkers. For individuals, I am a huge fan of Tom Woods, Austin Peterson and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mic.). They are all warrior statesman breathing life into our republic and the liberty movement. I check their pages daily and so should you.
What are your favorite kinds of posts? (comedy, informative, satire, economic, philosophical, political, etc.)
My favorite posts are thought-provoking. I like a clever analysis, a quip or a question designed to make people think. Comedy is great. All the political posts in the world can’t compare to the hilarity of finding the Tumblr page #ronpaulproblems. Classic stuff.
Do you have a philosophy that helps you understand the world?
I’m a classical liberal. My belief in the timeless principles of classical liberalism serves as the foundation for my entire philosophical outlook. I’m an advocate for civil liberties and political freedom. Much to the chagrin of my fellow libertarians, I advocate constitutionalism, limited government under the rule of law and laissez-faire economic policy.
What do you think about politics?
Politics is life. It is the art and science of running governmental or state affairs. Nothing is more important for a citizen but to pay attention to politics and activism, or the process of becoming involved or advocating for changes within the system. That is the rent we pay for freedom. I never trust an individual that claims they care nothing for politics. Instead of accepting the machinations of this world, they simply ignore reality.
What brought you to the message of liberty?
I came to the message of liberty through studying Western philosophy in my spare time. I am a nerd for the Founders, so long ago I began studying Jefferson, Adams and Madison. From there, I delved further into their influences, exploring an entire collection of philosophers, mostly impressed with Voltaire and Bastiat and eventually working into the (pre and post-enlightenment) German and English minds (my favorite philosopher is Arthur Schopenhauer, however, though he has nothing to do with liberty per say!)
While reading their insightful, revolutionary and original works, I also researched how the powerful elite reacted to their wisdom and/or rejected it, which sparked a revelation of sorts: controlling elitists don’t like progress, ideas or change whether they pretend otherwise or not. Nevertheless, most philosophers I’ve explored have been the source of so much inspiration. I am still learning and currently exploring Mises, Thomas Sowell and Hayek. Liberty and discovery! A never-ending process.
Who are your biggest influences?
My favorite intellectual and political philosopher is Thomas Jefferson; he is my ideological hero and through his writings and letters, I came to convert from modern liberalism to classical liberalism, or libertarianism. His faith in humanity is inspiring and as my favorite Founder, he embodies the intellectual spirit of America. He is truly the greatest American mind, and my inspiration for political activism. I can’t wait to stalk him in the afterlife.
What made you want to speak out?
I have no choice. I am an American born and bred free. To remain silent in the face of injustice is against my nature and a sin against greater men before me that sacrificed for my right to speak the truth.
What are your goals for speaking out?
To inspire and encourage others to think, wonder, explore, ponder, read, write, and discuss issues and topics crucial to an advancing, healthy and free society. Ideas must always remain seductive. Like all passionate, compassionate individuals I seek to encourage change. I want to leave the world a better place than the one I entered.
Where do you see the liberty movement headed in 1, 5, 10 years?
That depends on many unpredictable factors. The liberty movement is on the rise. Luxury and decadence have bred a carefree culture. My fellow Americans have taken for granted their foundations and liberties for too long, but as our economic situation worsens, the illusion of perpetual prosperity will fade, and we’ll be forced to reconcile the state our society is in and how we arrived there. The liberty movement will have answers based not on the fleeting, fashionable marketplace ideas, but timeless wisdom and bedrock principles of classical liberalism and its evolutionary branches.
Do you debate on Facebook? If so, what is your favorite subject to talk about?
Daily. I love uncensored idea exchange and encouraging others to think beyond the talking points we’re fed from politicians and the establishment media. We have the Internet at our disposal, which is the greatest information-sharing network in the history of humanity. We should use it. No topic is off limits and I never censor unless violence is expressed, so it’s a free-for-all. If I don’t know something about a subject, I enjoy watch the exchanges between those that do. Fruitful, productive debate and discussion have always been the spice of life for me!
Who is your favorite historical figure?
Yeshua Ha-Nozri. Despite how men have perverted His message and teachings, Christ was a philosopher to trump them all. He was the first to teach violent, selfish humans the art of humility and kindness. Through His philosophical example, individual accountability to a higher power was emphasized as well as extreme virtues He understood humans would strive toward, but never perfect. His great philosophy has inspired the hearts and minds of countless individuals throughout time, contributing significantly to the development of Western civilization, the greatest civilization in the history of the world.
I also admire both Martin Luther and Charles Darwin as second and third favorites because I admire their work, and they were men ahead of their time. They dared to reject systems that confined their moral or intellectual principles and pursuits in favor of truth and wisdom.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, and then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and… magic in it. Begin it now.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” – Ayn Rand
Do you like politicians?
No. There are very few I respect and they’ve earned it, yet I’m not sure I could ever trust a man or woman that seeks power over others without principle or righteous purpose, which so few have.
Did you campaign for Ron Paul?
Yes, I did. Quite successfully.
What is the most annoying or frustrating thing about facing opposing arguments when debating those with differing beliefs?
Logical fallacies. If one cannot form argument based on sound judgment and appreciation of fact and reason, the discussion is pointless. I hate quitting a debate because I want to believe that all individuals are capable of rational logic, but I’ve learned sometimes that is all one can do. Walk away at your very last resort. Anything less is censorship.
Are you an activist in the “real world”?
I am an “activist” or advocate for my military veterans in the sense that I have visited congressional offices, emailed, called and corresponded with leaders serving the veteran community regarding issues that affect my nation’s former soldiers and Marines. If I didn’t have a real job, that would be another story, but my time is limited so I spend my time where my passion lies: advocating for changes that affect the veteran community. For liberty, I am more of an online advocate using my pen and passion to encourage uncensored discussion, debate and reflection. Civil liberties are sacred and I’ll always speak in their defense for my sake and for posterity.
When not handing statists their rear end in debates what do you like to do?
Write. I am finishing the edits on my novel and try to maintain a column for Washington Times Communities as well as two works in progress that I touch each week. I spend time with family and read voraciously.
Do you have a family?
I do. They are the most amazing people in my world.
Are you single and looking for a fellow liberty loving partner?
What is your favorite movie or television show?
Favorite television show in the past is definitely The Sopranos. I’ve watched it over and over. Second would be HBO’s John Adams, third HBO’s Generation Kill. Boardwalk Empire, 30 Rock and Game of Thrones are top notch! I am a fan of True Blood damn it. Love my southern people! Currently I am discovering Dexter, which is epic. Favorite movie is Braveheart.
What is your favorite kind of music or song?
I love pretty much everything except cheesy new country and death metal. Southern Rock, Classic Rock and Classic Country storytelling are my favorites. For true classical, my favorite composer is Beethoven with Schubert as a second, though I enjoy Puccini and Verdi’s operas; favorite all-time band is Creedence Clearwater Revival. Alabama Shakes, Arctic Monkeys, classic Kings of Leon, and Otis Redding are in my current rotation.