Last updated on: 11/5/2012 | Author: ProCon.org

Justin Raimondo Biography

Title:
Author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement
Position:
Con to the question "Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“[Legalizing gay marriage would be] a disaster for those it supposedly benefits: gay people themselves…

Extending the authority of the state into territory previously untouched by its tender ministrations, legalizing relationships that had developed and been found rewarding entirely without this imprimatur, would wreak havoc where harmony once prevailed…

[I]f ‘gay pride’ means anything, it means not wanting, needing, or seeking any sort of acceptance but self-acceptance. Marriage is a social institution designed by heterosexuals for heterosexuals: why should gay people settle for their cast-off hand-me-downs?”

“The Libertarian Case Against Gay Marriage,” The American Conservative, Apr. 4, 2011

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPS/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Editorial Director and columnist for Antiwar.com (also affiliated with sister site LewRockwell.com)
  • Senior Fellow, Randolph Bourne Institute (publisher of Antiwar.com)
  • Columnist for Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture
  • Member, Republican Party, 1985-present
  • Member, John Randolph Club
  • Former columnist for The American Conservative and Taki’s Magazine (online libertarian magazine)
  • Articles published in the Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner, Reason Magazine, Free Market, and Rothbard-Rockwell Report
  • Former Adjunct Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute
  • Republican candidate for the US House of Representatives, 1996
  • Founder, Libertarian Republican Organizing Committee, 1983
  • Member, Libertarian Party, 1974-1983
  • Libertarian candidate for the US House of Representatives, 1982
  • Libertarian candidate for the California State Assembly, 1980
  • Founder, Radical Caucus (1979) and its bimonthly publication, Libertarian Vanguard
Education:
  • Graduated, Cherry Lawn School, CT
Other:
  • Former Policy Analyst, Center for Libertarian Studies
  • Campaigned for 1976 Libertarian Party presidential candidate Roger MacBride, 1976
  • Member, libertarian faction of Young Americans for Freedom, 1960s
  • Raised Roman Catholic, now non-religious
  • Born Dennis Raimondo in White Plains, NY on Nov. 18, 1951
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Gay Marriage Be Legal?