Sad News: Jim Burns

From Wes Benedict, via email

I received notice that James “Libertarian” Burns passed away in December. Mr. Burns was a Presidential candidate in 2012 and was an elected official in Nevada listed here:

http://www.lp.org/candidates/elected-official/james-libertarian-burns

We’re sorry to hear about this and appreciate all he’s done to advance liberty.


Wes Benedict, Executive Director
Libertarian National Committee, Inc.
2600 Virginia Ave. NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20037
(202) 333-0008 ext. 232, wes.benedict@lp.org
Join the Libertarian Party at: http://lp.org/membership

36 thoughts on “Sad News: Jim Burns

  1. Andy

    I met Jim Burns 2008 and 2012 LP National Conventions. He seemed like a good guy who was dedicated to the cause of liberty. RIP.

  2. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Very sad news. Libertarian actually was his legal middle name. He changed it so the word Libertarian would be on the ballot in his first run for office, as the LP didn’t have ballot access in Nevada at the time. When he spoke at the LP convention in 2012, he wasn’t the best orator & had pretty much conceded that he wasn’t going to get the nomination, but his passion was obvious.

  3. Jill Pyeatt

    It’s a shame we didn’t know about it at the time so we could send notes and cards to the family. I’m sure they would have liked to know that the LP appreciated him.

  4. paulie

    RIP. I knew Jim Burns and he was a good guy and a hero of liberty. Saddened by this news. He changed his name to Libertarian, so now it is up to us to carry it forward “in his name”..

  5. Wes Wagner

    I enjoyed his nomination acceptance performance in Las Vegas … convention theatrics like that are a classic staple of traditional politics.

  6. David Colborne

    Jim Burns was the father of the Libertarian Party of Nevada. His presence will certainly be missed, especially at the Nye County affiliation convention this Friday. He fought long and hard for what he knew to be right and brooked no compromise against his principles. His presence will certainly be missed.

  7. paulie

    I enjoyed his nomination acceptance performance in Las Vegas … convention theatrics like that are a classic staple of traditional politics.

    Myself and some other people sitting with me rounded up some tokens to get him a nomination speech, and tried to get him in the debate but fell short on the latter.

  8. Bondurant

    I enjoyed his speech at the convention in Vegas. Spoke with him for a bit too. Very nice guy and his story is quite incredible.

  9. Joe

    We should all change our middle names to LIBERTARIAN. What a perfect, and perfectly beautiful, act of civil disobedience that was.

  10. Mark Axinn

    This is very sad. I knew Jim for several years and supported him for VP at the 2008 Denver Convention.

    Earlier that year (on January 29, 2008), I interviewed Jim and another minor candidate for President, Jim has several excellent lines:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hiXvSwjDHU

    Rest in peace, James Libertarian Burns.

  11. Starchild

    Jim always seemed to me to kind of embody the old-school libertarian spirit of rural Nevada — principled, genuine, and a bit eccentric, not one to suffer government nonsense gladly. Very sorry to hear he’s no longer with us.

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  13. Mark Axinn

    Not sure if the link came through for my Hardfire interview of Jim Burns in 2008, so here it is again:

  14. Glen R. Parshall

    I sure wish I had a copy of his pigs feeding commercial from his run for Las Vegas city office. This was from the era when he changed his middle name. Jim, you were a great friend. It was good working with you for the last 30 years.

  15. Barbara Whetstine

    Jim’s mother is alive, and I am sure that she would really appreciate hearing from us.
    She is 94. Jim was her only child. She feels so lonely now.

    Jim died Dec 20th.

    His mother’s name is A;ice Burns
    10433 Yank Gulch Rd Talent, Oregon 97540.

    Are you aware that Jim had an official name change to get the word “Libertarian” on the ballot?

    He legally became James Libertarian Burns to make sure that people would understand that he was a Libertarian, and to force “them” to put the word Libertarian on the ballots where he was running.

    Jim exemplified to me, the old saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”
    He was highly intelligent, extremely creative, and always a gentleman.

    We locked horns quite often over one thing or the other, and even when we were at opposite ends, he was polite and courteous to me.

    He was completely dedicated to the Libertarian Party.

    As a newer friend of his, I am pleased to read all of your posts, and to know that he was highly respected and appreciated.

    I sincerely hope that his mother gets a mountain of cards, it would honor Jim, and let her know that he had been appreciated.

    Thanks everyone!

  16. Jed Ziggler Post author

    Thank you, Barbara. I trust that the info you’ve submitted is correct, and I will indeed send a card. 🙂

  17. paulie

    Posted on LPNevada facebook:

    David Colborne From what others have pieced together (Rowan did quite a bit of research), it looks like he passed away on 12/20. The state won’t release why – apparently the dead have a right to privacy in Nevada, so though you can get dates, you can’t get cause or location of death.

    Who knew?

    Anyway, Jim was struggling with some serious health issues for the past year, so none of this is a huge surprise. His mother is still alive; my understanding is she’s settling his estate.

  18. Concerned Libertarian Citizen

    I am very sad. I was leaning toward considering Jim Burns as a functional candidate. I wanted to read an ipr report on him. Now he is dead. God bless his family.

  19. Ancient Aryan Astronaut

    Jim Libertarian Burns will be missed. I loved how he campaigned with a Confederate Flag! Even as a national socialist I appreciated his ability to be politically incorrect.

  20. Not Tiffany

    Rest in Peace Hon International Parliament Executive and World Libertarian Party Economic Adviser Jim Burns [Libertarian] who left this world on 12/20/2014. Your kindness and friendship will always be remembered.

  21. Antirevolutionary

    Rest in peace Jim. Your 2012 convention performance was memorable. Is there any full biography of him? Someone should write one if not.

  22. LibertarianGirl

    Its a shame Jim burns will not be able to reap the fruits of his labor of love , that is his longstanding fight to save LPNevada. He was our Genesis, our founder , our most colorful member and w/o him there would be no LPNevada. NOONE FOUGHT LONGER OR HARDER, NOONE…..I should have listened to you sooner JB, may whatever GOD you encounter carry you with speed to an afterlife you deserve. It sucks he wont be running this cylcle, appreciated instead of shunned. our victories will be bittersweet now but will be filled with gratitude for all that he gave us. NOBODY HAD A BETTER OR MORE COLORFUL CHARACTER. I will miss his theatrics and eccentricities greatly.

  23. Ken Moellman

    LPKY will be greatly saddened by this news. Jim came to our convention in 2008, and we instantly fell in love with him. His methods were not conventional — some didn’t appreciate it, but many others did. LP Kentucky rarely filled their delegation slate, and we added Jim to our delegation in 2008. He’d occasionally drive through/near Kentucky and we’d always welcome him to our meetings. I kept in contact with Jim and would talk to him every 6 months or so. This is very sad news.

  24. Andy

    LibertarianGirl February 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm
    Its a shame Jim burns will not be able to reap the fruits of his labor of love , that is his longstanding fight to save LPNevada. He was our Genesis, our founder , our most colorful member and w/o him there would be no LPNevada. NOONE FOUGHT LONGER OR HARDER,
    NOONE…”

    Yeah, it’s a shame when long time Libertarian freedom fighters like Jim Burns and David Nolan pass away, but they’ll never get to see the big victory for liberty that those of us who are still in the fight are working toward and hope to see some day.

  25. Andy

    ” but they’ll never get to see the big victory for liberty ”

    Should read, “as they’ll never get to see the big victory”

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