What brought you to a libertarian way of thinking?

Actually, it was the final destination in a fifty-year trajectory from lunch-pail Democrat to free-market Conservative Republican to freedom-loving Libertarian. Looking back, the trajectory is completely logical and understandable in human terms. Knowing me, it is hard to imagine that I could have done it any other way.

Why did you choose to become a member of the Libertarian Party?

Well, I was teaching a course on “Administrative Law” for the umpty-umpth time. I finally came to appreciate that the “Fourth Branch of Government” (the administrative agencies) had metastasized over time into something the Founding Fathers simply would not be able to recognize. The whole system was essentially out-of-control., and the Democrats and the Republicans were doing nothing about it. Heck, even the courts were showing substantial deference to the bureaucrats. I became a registered Libertarian voter in 2014.

What keeps you involved in the Libertarian Party of Lee County?

Well, fundamental honesty requires that  —  if I’m gonna talk the talk  —  I gotta walk the walk.

How would you describe your personal goals for the LPLC?

For Libertarianism to be appreciated for the healthy, sensible, and vigorous choice that it really is.


Larry Gillis currently serves as LPLC Vice-Chair. Originally from an ethnic neighborhood in the Boston area, he moved to seacoast NH to practice criminal law and to raise his four kids. He has been visiting Florida for the past quarter-century, and has been a resident of Cape Coral since 2008. In his semi-retirement, he has been teaching Legal Studies courses on-line for the past decade for the University of Maryland University College.



  1. Hi Larry, old PA 60 classmate. I have been registered Libertarian since 1974. I am currently Director of a new museum of American Studio Glass opening in St Pete in January. Might be nice to be in touch.


    1. Excellent. Delighted to hear from you, Nate. Yes, we get up to St Pete now and then, and would certainly like to see you if you’re in the Fort Myers area.

      Congrats on being 40 years ahead of me in Libertarianism. Your academic standing at Andover was better than mine, too, I’l bet.


      1. Hi Larry
        Nice to hear from you!
        All I know is that a lot of people with big IQs and high grades still end up believing in the State. Anyway, you are far more active than I in this good cause.

        I do stay in touch through the Mises organization in Alabama & am one of not too many that has read Human Action cover to cover as well as Conceived in Liberty.

        There are a number of serious glass collectors in Ft Myers. Check out Imagine, maybe you can make it up for the opening in January, or any other time. Look forward to following what you do.

        Let me know if you have a regular em address to share

        All the best, Nate


      2. em is

        phone here is 239-471-7173

        “Mises in Alabama” sounds very much like “Simple Pilgrim in an unholy place”.

        I am our local vice-chair (Lee County) and will be a delegate to my third State convention in February in Fort Walton Beach. I chaired the LPF Legislative Review Committee for a while. But it sucked up a lot of my time (interfering with my teaching), so I had to let it go.

        Larry G


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