I’ve mentioned before that I came to my liberty-loving worldview early in life, thanks mostly to my father and his Appalachian parents.

My Dad’s family was self-reliant, hard-working, generous, welcoming…and distrustful of government and “outside interference.” Along with large family holiday get-togethers throughout the year, I spent weeks with my grandparents each summer, soaking up their knowledge and way of approaching life. The broad range of life skills and strength of character my grandparents exhibited was inspiring to me as a child, and continues to inspire me still, even though they have been gone for more than 20 years. I know I fall far short of their example, but I strive to be as much like them as I can manage.

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to hear how the Glibertariat came to be more liberty-leaning than average. Did you have a particular person who influenced you? Was there a defining incident that served as a wake up call? A series of little things chipping away and shaping you? Was it a path that caused strife in your family?

Please share!