Death Notice: Stephen P. Gordon

Libertarian activist Stephen P. Gordon died unexpectedly September 5, 2018 at the age of 56. An Alabama native, Gordon resided in New York since 2014, working for Project Veritas.

Gordon’s involvement in the Libertarian Party dates back to the 1990’s, when he co-founded two local chapters in Georgia.  Upon returning to Alabama in 2002, Gordon’s national profile grew. He managed Aaron Russo‘s 2004 campaign for the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, and after the convention, worked as communications director for Libertarian presidential nominee Michael Badnarik.  After a stint on Congressman Ron Paul‘s 2008 presidential campaign, Gordon successfully drafted Congressman Bob Barr to seek and win the Libertarian Party’s 2008 presidential nomination.  Barr employed Gordon as e-campaign manager.

In addition, Gordon served as political director of the national Libertarian Party from 2006 to 2007 and chaired the Libertarian Party of Alabama, starting in 2007.  Online, Gordon edited the Hammer of Truth political blog and owned the now-defunct Third Party Watch.  Gordon was involved in a near-fatal traffic collision in 2011.  In his first public appearance after the accident, Gordon spoke at the Prohibition Party National Convention in Cullman, Alabama.

A funeral service was held September 12 in Florence, Alabama.

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39 thoughts on “Death Notice: Stephen P. Gordon

  1. Paul

    Condolences to the Gordon family.

    As far as criticizing him for his efforts w/ Barr: Barr was far from perfect, but he pushed the dialog in the right direction – the only person with a shiny badge advocating for peace and legalization in the general. He was the first Libertarian I voted for. Root was far more unfortunate, and I think (unpopular opinion warning) the LP would have benefitted from Barr sticking around.

  2. Krzysztof Lesiak

    Is Andy really banned from IPR?

    After a decade? Wow.

    Though what if the person posting an imposter? I’ve never seen Andy using the word “cuck” before.

  3. Andy

    The post at 9/15/18 at 15:07 is also not from me. This is a troll post and it should be obvious to all that I would not have posted that.

    As for the comment about typing in all caps, I have noticed that the ban on all caps has not been enforced, as I have seen others do it here and nobody said anything about it. Banning speech for type size is irrational.

    Anyway, none of this is appropriate for this thread.

  4. Cody Quirk

    I can almost write a whole soap opera episode to what just transpired in this comment thread just now :3

  5. wredlich

    FYI someone purporting to be Shane Cory submitted a comment referencing a GoFundMe link for the family. I do not like GoFundMe links as we have no way of verifying they’re genuine, so I did not allow the comment. If others think I’m wrong about this please let me know. It’s not a formal policy, just a general sense of distrust for GoFundMe.

  6. Shane

    Check Deb Gordon’s Facebook (or Stephen’s) page to verify that’s the go fund me page. I believe Project Veritas also links to it in a video the posted. Then you can approve my comment.

  7. wredlich

    Sorry Shane but I’m very picky about GoFundMe. Your suggestions are not persuasive. I’ve seen too much fraud. But I’ll wait to see what our regular readers and editors think. Seems to me interested people can look for the GoFundMe if they want to find it. We don’t need to post a link.

  8. wredlich

    Andy: “The post at 9/15/18 at 15:07 is also not from me.”

    I have removed that comment and a similar one like it, and banned that IP address from commenting. If anyone affected by the IP address ban wants to be reinstated, please e-mail me at wredlich@gmail.com

  9. Shane

    Wow, Warren.

    Regardless, thanks to Tom Knapp, Robert Kraus and other libertarians who have donated to cover Deb’s unexpected costs.

    It’s easy enough to Google and the page was created by Stephen’s daughter, Amy, for Deb who is understandably overwhelmed.

    As I stated in my original post that wasn’t approved, several libertarians attended the funeral to pay their respects to a man who dedicated his career to advancing liberty.

  10. wredlich

    “Is Andy really banned from IPR?”

    No, I don’t think so. It appears that someone pretending to be Paulie commented from an IP address that Paulie has never used before. One other detail about those recent comments makes me think it was not the real Paulie. Those comments have been removed and that IP address has been blocked as well.

    I’m going to review recent comments and I may block one or more additional IP addresses. If anyone has a problem please e-mail me – wredlich@gmail.com

  11. wredlich

    I removed a few other comments from this thread. They appeared to me to be troll comments for various reasons. So the thread is going to look a little odd. I also banned one more IP address. I think that’s it for now.

  12. Chuck Moulton

    Warren,

    Shane Cory is the former executive director of the national LP. He worked closely with Stephen Gordon both at LPHQ and on the Barr campaign. In my opinion the GoFundMe link is entirely appropriate in this circumstance. Regardless, I’ll track down the link through Google and visit it myself.

  13. paulie

    My condolences to Deb and any other surviving family members. I wasn’t in touch with Steve much in the last few years but still considered him a friend.

    As for the rest of this thread (with apologies for perpetuating the discussion):

    Warren outranks me at IPR, but I recommend Shane Cory’s comment should be approved. Besides the gofund me link he addressed a number of other pertinent points, including correcting the wikipedia line that Steve Gordon was solely or primarily responsible for recruiting Bob Barr as a presidential candidate.

    The impostor/troll generally uses a cell phone network which uses floating IPs to comment, so banning individual IPs is not going to be very effective, and will only cause random people who also use the same cell phone carrier to comment here to have random comments blocked. They are unlikely to know why or that they should email Warren if or when this happens.

    Andy is not banned from IPR, but he has gradually morphed into or exposed himself as an alt right type and as such, my extreme disgust with his comments is the main reason I have been staying away from IPR myself. A number of our other former frequent article authors and commenters have shared the same sentiment on our email list, but no consensus was ever reached even though most people recommended some sort of action such as formally warning Andy to tone it down, limiting him to a quarantined thread, etc. Since no action was taken and still hasn’t been, a number of us have instead chosen to either not participate here at all or to participate a lot less than we used to.

    This is my first comment in this thread, and it sounds like the impostor (Nathan Norman et al) was also impersonating Andy and perhaps some other people. However, as Andy admits, he does use the same kind of disgusting alt right jargon and spreads many of the same ideas as Nathan Norman’s IPR-X troll site. Ironically enough, the same kind of garbage – trying to mix libertarianism with bigotry – has been spread by similar troll sites which attacked both Andy and me in the past. If anyone besides Andy was posting many of the same comments he has posted lately I wouldn’t even think twice about removing those comments and banning that person.

    All-caps are considered the equivalent of shouting on the internet and as such net etiquette is usually to ask people not to do it. It’s only when that request is ignored often enough and in large enough doses that rules get issued. I’m sad to hear that no one has been enforcing IPR’s policy about all caps in my absence. Such a policy shouldn’t have been necessary, but it was, only because one or two people began using all caps often enough and in large enough blocs and refusing requests to stop doing so.

    My apologies for addressing all that on a memorial thread and I’ll ask that further replies to any of those side topics be moved to the open thread out of respect. Of course, since some people have no respect, I expect the request to be ignored. I won’t address any of these side topics in this thread again.

  14. paulie

    As I stated in my original post that wasn’t approved, several libertarians attended the funeral to pay their respects to a man who dedicated his career to advancing liberty.

    I would have gone if I had known about it. Unfortunately I was offline for the past month plus so was not in the loop.

  15. paulie

    Shane Cory is the former executive director of the national LP. He worked closely with Stephen Gordon both at LPHQ and on the Barr campaign. In my opinion the GoFundMe link is entirely appropriate in this circumstance.

    Agreed.

  16. Jill Pyeatt

    How did he pass?

    He was working for Project Veritas? Good for him, although that doesn’t seem like a natural segue from being a Libertarian.

    I didn’t know this gentleman, but 56 is too young for anyone to die. This is a sad event.

  17. Andy

    “Andy is not banned from IPR, but he has gradually morphed into or exposed himself as an alt right type and as such, my extreme disgust with his comments is the main reason I have been staying away from IPR myself. ”

    I have not morphed into or exposed myself as anything. I have pretty much the same views now that I have always had since I got involved in politics in 1996. Early on when I met Paul way back in 2004, we debated about the proper application of immigration policy. Nothing has changed since then. Even if you go back to old IPR comments from 8-10 years ago you’ll see that my position on the proper application of borders and immigration policy from a libertarian perspective has not changed. There are lots of people in the libertarian world, including some of the most well known and influential libertarians ever, who agree with me on this issue.

    So acting as though I have “morphed into something” or “exposed myself” is a completely false statement.

    The only view that I have had some change on is abortion, as I used to be in the more rabidly pro-abortion camp, but I later shifted to leaning to the pro-life side (as in I think that as a general principle, abortion is wrong as it violates the NAP, and the only exception I could see would be in cases of rape, but I don’t see it as being politically feasible to outlaw abortion due to around half of the public supporting it, so I do not see abortion as a high priority political issue), but this was before IPR came along. Incidentally, Paul was at one time claiming to be a pro-life anarchist libertarian (I do not know if he still holds this view or not). He was not the first pro-life anarchist libertarian I encountered, but he was the first person I heard bring up the point that in a libertarian anarchist society that there’d be no government to protect abortion doctors from anti-abortion vigilantes, and that government currently sanctions abortion by proving them abortionists with protection (not that Paul expressed any plans to become an anti-abortion vigilante, he just brought it up as a point). We specifically had this conversation in 2005 in Hermosa Beach, California.

  18. Shane

    Jill, the media defines Project Veritas and James as “conservative” which is an assumption based on association.

    I worked with James since the formation of PV and can say that the assumption is incorrect.

    He exposes corruption , hypocrisy, etc. He doesn’t advocate a solution to the issues he brings to light — that’s left up to society.

    It was a good fit for Gordon and any other libertarian that wants to chip away at the establishment.

  19. paulie

    How did he pass?

    Shane emailed me about that but I’m not sure if I am free to share it. I don’t see anything in there that would strike me as embarrassing or likely to be confidential but I’m still not sure if it’s public information.

    Andy, as I expected, continues the tangent, but as I said I will not follow up in this thread.

  20. Jill Pyeatt

    Project Veritas does good work, in my view. I’ve researched this a bit. I’m sorry I never had a chance to know him, and I hope that work had nothing to do with his death.

    It’s no secret that I’m involved in trying to expose the tremendous abuses of power in our Dept of Justice ‘and other high levels of government employees. That doesn’t make me conservative, either. I’m actually surprised and dismayed more Libertarians aren’t speaking out about it. This is why I’m a little less involved with the party right now. Things are much to serious to simply be discussing things.

  21. Andy

    “sanctions abortion by proving them abortionists with protection”

    Should read, “sanctions abortion by providing abortionists with protection,,”

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    And on another note:

    One could just as easily say that Paul has “exposed himself” or “morphed into being” alt-left, as he came out in support of the communist agitator group (funded by the likes of George Soros) known as Antifa, who have initiated acts of physical violence, destruction of property, and squashing free speech, all over the country over the last few years, and who openly promote communism and even wave around communist flags.

    I support free speech, including the speech of people with whom I disagree, such as Antifa communists, but I do not support the tactics of Antifa of initiating violence, property destruction, and suppressing the speech of people with whom they disagree.

  22. Andy

    I met Steve Gordon a few times in person, including having had dinner with him and some other people in Birmingham, Alabama in 2009, and at the LP National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2012. I did not know him very well, but I am sorry to hear of his untimely passing and I send out my condolences to his family.

  23. Shane

    Paul thanks for bring that up and to kill any speculation on how Stephen passed while it’s not really clear what happened medically, he suddenly and seriously fell ill.

    Those who knew Stephen knew he was a very high energy guy, hard worker, and not the type to let being sick slow him down . . . especially with a massive story he had been working on for many months.

    After a second mysterious “attack” (its unclear what the medical issue was), he stopped breathing, fell into a coma and never came out of it.

    He passed while still in the coma in the hospital.

    Stephen worked likely until his final conscience hour — and that’s what he loved to do.

    If you care to see what he was working on, Project Veritas will be releasing it this week and put out a teaser announcing that they’re uncovering the Deep State.

    It’s good to know that his work continues.

  24. paulie

    Shane, I received permission from Warren to post your link. He did not know who you were based on just first name and IP; I guess he did not pay attention to your email address in dashboard or forgot who you were or thought it might be an impersonation in a thread where several other people including myself were being impersonated. However, I no longer see your comment to be able to approve it, but please do post it again with my apologies for you having to compose it again. I’m not sure who cleared the trash/pending bin here today but it wasn’t me or Warren.

    Andy, your comments are factually inaccurate in many ways but again, I will not address the tangents further in this thread. Take it somewhere else.

  25. Chuck Moulton

    I’ve always been impressed with Project Veritas. Left leaning organizations and the government do a lot of crazy things… bringing them to light helps the political conversation.

    Some of what they highlight is so over to the top that it is funny. I think it’s important that the left not have a monopoly on humor and satire to make their points.

  26. George Whitfield

    I am sad to hear of Stephen Gordon’s death. I clearly remember meeting he and his wife at the Libertarian National Convention in 2004 when I was delegate who voted for Aaron Russo for the Presidential nomination. Stephen was welcoming and informative. We exchanged a few emails since then through the years. I appreciate his efforts for the libertarian movement. My condolences to his family.

  27. paulie

    From an email from Shane. I hope this is OK to share.

    Ashley (Edwards), Russ Verney, Jason Pye, Dan Adams, Bob Barr and a few others made it to the funeral last week and it was a nice ceremony.

    If you make it out to his grave near Muscle Shoals, he wanted everyone to have a shot of bourbon with him.

  28. George Whitfield

    Paulie, thanks for posting the link. And Shane, thank you for writing such a fine tribute to Stephen Gordon. It was very well written and gave me a better understanding of someone I had met only briefly but you had the good fortune to have known well. Stephen contributed very much to the libertarian movement and the Libertarian Party.

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